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    Corneal Ulcers in Dogs

    A corneal ulcer, or eye ulcer, is a common issue in dogs where there is erosion through the clear covering of the eyeball.


    Causes of Corneal Ulcers in Dogs

    Trauma (scratches, lacerations, chemical exposure). Eyelid disorders or abnormalities. Breed-related vulnerabilities (e.g., brachycephalic breeds). Infections and diseases affecting tear production.

    Symptoms of Corneal Ulcers in Dogs

    Squinting or closed eye. Increased tearing. Rubbing or scratching around the eye. Cloudy appearance. Redness and swelling.

    Diagnosis of Corneal Ulcers in Dogs

    A vet uses a fluorescein stain to identify ulcers, which turns green and highlights the affected area. Chronic ulcers may require swabbing to check for bacterial infections. Healing time varies based on the ulcer’s cause, size, and depth. Superficial ulcers typically heal in 3-5 days, while deeper or infected ones may take longer and can affect vision.

    Treatment of Corneal Ulcers in Dogs

    Antibiotic eye drops to prevent infection. Lubricating drops to soothe and moisturize. Atropine drops to relieve pain. Anti-inflammatory medication as needed. Surgery for deep ulcers in select cases.

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