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KCS (Keraconjunctivitis Sicca) aka Dry Eye

Got Eye Goopies?
Do you have a Cocker Spaniel, Pug, ShihTzu, Poodle, Boston Terrier, Cavalier or another breed that has discharge in their eyes? Do you have to clean their face daily, or multiple times per day? Are you concerned your dog has an eye infection or allergies? Are you sick of the “Eye goopies?” If you answered yes to any of these questions, keep reading.

Greater than 35% of our canine companions have a condition called Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (more commonly known and KCS or “Dry Eye”). It is a progressive inflammatory condition of the cornea due to a deficiency with the tears of the eyes. There are two types: some dogs do not make enough tears; others are missing a component, mucin, which allow the tears to stick to the eye.

So why is this important if the dog “seems fine?” Firstly, discomfort. Humans with “dry eye” compare their eyelids to sandpaper rubbing over their eyes. Secondly, KCS can lead to ulcerations of the cornea which are extremely painful. Over time the body will send vessels to the normally, non-vascular cornea to try to protect itself and then deposits pigment. This pigment obscures vision and can lead to blindness. It also predisposes the eye to cancer.

Signs of KCS that may be noted at home include thick green-yellow-white discharge, redness of the sclera (whites of the eye), dark pigment on the front of the eye, lack of “glossy” appearance to the eye, squinting or rubbing, or changes in vision.

KCS is diagnosed with one or two simple tests that can be completed at your regular veterinary clinic. The first test is a strip of paper that is placed on the inside of the eyelid for 60 seconds to measure the amount of tear production. The second is a stain that is placed in the eye to check for ulcers and also to look for mucin deficiency. In predisposed breeds, these tests should be completed yearly at their annual exam as part of their wellness checks.

KCS can be a very treatable condition with a topical eye medication when detected early. When detected late, 36% of dogs will not respond to treatment, which is why regular eye exams are so important.

Contact your veterinarian today to discuss the health of your pet’s eyes.

Written by: Dr. Nicole Hobbs Ford, DVM

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 506.382.0061. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 - 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Mountain Road Animal Hospital