Saturday, June 18, 2016

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: An Eye on Eyes, Foxtails, and more ...

Why Is This Single Organ One of the Hardest Hit Disease Locations?
Dr. Karen Becker/Mercola Healthy Pets

Did you know that out of 26 Biggest Health Conditions that Plague Dogs compiled by PetBreeds, 9 of them involve the eyes? And that's from a list that includes hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, bloat, seizures, allergies and other common health issues. Nine. Are we paying enough attention to our dogs' eyes?

Read Dr. Becker's article to learn about the common eye problems.

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) – Dry Eye in Dogs
Dr. Christopher G. Byers/Critical Care DVM

Having issues with dry eyes myself, I can commiserate. At the very least it is very unpleasant. But it can also lead to ulceration and infection and potentially mess with vision.

It is one of the most common eye disorders in dogs. There are a number of causes that can be behind this issue, starting with genetics, immune-mediated disease and ending with being idiopathic. Diagnosing the condition itself is quite straightforward. There are medical treatment options but some dogs do require surgery.

Breathing Difficulties in Dogs

Difficulty breathing is always an emergency. It's very scary for the human and I imagine for the dog as well and it can be life-threatening. If your dog is having hard time breathing, be on your way to a vet. Love is not all you need, you also need oxygen. And so does your dog.

Foxtails – A pain in the... everywhere
Jason Nicholas/Preventive Vet

Check out how much damage a foxtail can do. Photo Reshareworthy

This is not the first time I'm highlighting foxtails. However negligible this problem seems it is not. You might think, well, it's just grass awns, how much damage could they do? Unfortunately, a lot.
Grass seeds are designed to do one thing – to burrow.
And that is what makes them so dangerous. Foxtails can cause excruciating pain, infections, they can even work their way through your dog's body to vital organs. If your dog starts behaving strangely and might have been exposed to foxtails, do see a vet.

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