Eyes and Ears

Information about proper care of eyes and ears + eye and ear disorders

Clean and Healthy Ears star
Ear care should be part of your regular grooming routine. By checking your dog´s ears often you´ll notice signs or irritation early and help prevent painful, often hard to treat ear infections.

Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) star[offsite link]
CERF is an organization that was founded by a group of concerned, purebred owner/breeders who recognized that the quality of their dog´s lives were being affected by heritable eye disease. CERF was then established to accomplish the goal of elimination of heritable eye disease in all purebred dogs by forming a centralized, national registry.

Cataracts- A Common Ocular Disease In Dogs star[offsite link]
Cataract is a common term used to describe changes in the lens of the eye that we usually attribute to older age, and call an "aging change." Cataracts diagnosed in younger dogs are from genetic causes. Read more...

Cherry Eye star[offsite link]
In some smaller breeds like Boston Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Bulldogs, Beagles and others the gland of the third eyelid is not strongly held in place. This gland prolapses sometimes prolapses out as a reddened mass. In this position, the gland does not circulate blood properly and may swell. Surgery is the only acceptable treatment of "Cherry Eye." Read more....

Collie Eye Diseases star[offsite link]
Collies, like other breeds of dogs, have a number of inherited eye defects. Some of these are quite severe... like Collie eye anomaly (CEA) and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

Ear Infections - A Common Health Problem star[offsite link]
Two types or ear infections are common in dogs - infection of the external ear canal and infection of the middle ear. Although any dog can get an ear infection, dogs with pendulous ears, like Cocker Spaniels and Basset Hounds, or dogs with hairy inner ear flaps, like Miniature Poodles and Schnauzers, have more ear infections. Most ear infections are successfully treated, but if left untreated, they can result in serious damage. Read more...

Ear Mites star[offsite link]
Ear mites can cause an allergic reaction resulting in intense itching (pruritis) of the ear.

Eye Diseases in Dogs star[offsite link]
Eye problems are prevalent in many dogs. Here´s information about eyelid abnormalities, tear production problems, Glaucoma, corneal ulcers, and Conjunctivitis.

Eyes - Ophthalmology Information Centre star[offsite link]
Information on various pet eye conditions such as cherry eye, eyelid disorders, Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome(SARDS), Glaucoma, eye problems in Collies, dealing with a blind dog and more. It´s not intended to replace an exam with your veterinarian. If your vet is not able to manage the problem, you are encouraged to ask for a referral to a veterinary ophthalmologist.

Eyes - When Should Your Pet See An Ophthalmologist? star[offsite link]
Common eye disorders and indications for referral to an Ophthalmologist - A veterinarian is in the best position to provide an examination and determine if referral to a Veterinary Ophthamologist is indicated.

Eyes and Your Dog star[offsite link]
What does your dog see - Eye diseases and disorders - Preventative care

Progressive Retinal Atrophy(PRA) star[offsite link]
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is the name given to a group of hereditary retinal diseases in dogs. Almost all forms of PRA eventually lead to complete blindness.

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