What Do My Dog’s Eyes Say About His Health?

Q. What else can I do to preserve my dog’s eyes and overall health?

A. "A yearly eye examination by your veterinarian is recommended to try and prevent painful and blinding ocular conditions. This should include a deep eye exam — you’ll know that this has been done if the vet shines a light into his eyes. After a dog is 8 years old or so, I typically recommend two eye exams each year, so you can catch problems earlier.

If your dog develops serious eye problems, and your regular vet can’t refer you to a local ophthalmologist, you can find one through the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists' website.

Generally, it’s good to inquire about the specific eye problems that your dog may be prone to develop because of his breed or genetic background. Each breed has as many as five to 10 common eye problems, and if you know the symptoms, you can spot (and treat) them early."

If you have a dog who shows any of these signs, keep in mind that eye conditions can have many causes beyond what's listed here. So ifyou notice anything unusual about your dog's eyes, the best thing to do is to make an appointment to see your veterinarian.

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