PSA for National Service Dog Eye Exam Month
Service dogs are exceptional examples of everything we love about dogs. These working animals dedicate their lives to serving disabled and chronically ill humans who have difficulty caring for themselves. To thank them, May is National Service Dog Eye Examination Month.
Vision impaired humans depend on service dogs to be their eyes everyday. Saving service dog’s eyesight is crucial to the safety and well-being of both dog and handler.
A Service Dog Eye Exam is Important
This special reminder is intended to keep these dedicated canines in tip-top shape by checking for vision problems with regular veterinarian check-ups. Dogs can suffer from many different eye maladies. Curious by nature, dogs discover things through their noses, and try to eat out of the garbage or get into a fight. Digging through the garbage they can encounter random things to cause harm to their eyes.
Warning signs during a service dog eye exam that could signal eye issues:
- visible third eyelid
- dried discharge
- cloudiness or change in eye color
- unequal pupil sizes
These issues can be from simple issues like allergies, but they can also be from more serious issues like a corneal wound, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (dry eye), conjunctivitis, glaucoma, cataracts, entropion (the eyelid rolls inward) and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (causes dogs to gradually become blind).
Not just for a service dog eye exam – If you notice any of these signs in your non-service dog, make an appointment to see your veterinarian.
Also, it’s a good idea to inspect your pup’s eyes after coming in from playing in brush or tall grass, and after visiting the pet park. Vegetation and other dogs can scratch or injure your pet’s eyes while playing and may require medical attention and monitoring.
Keeping Your Pups Eyes Healthy
Keeping your pup’s vision healthy starts with his diet. Be sure to feed him a species-appropriate diet with plenty or proteins and fruits and vegetables. A well balanced diet helps keep your dog healthy and happy.
If your dog has longer hair, keeping his “bangs” trimmed and out of his eyes is also important. While it may look stylish to have longer facial hair, seeing through a curtain of dog hair isn’t good for your dog’s vision. He may run into objects or fail to focus on far away items with hair in his eyes.
If you have concerns about your dogs’ eyes and vision, please give us a call at 970-587-5140 for an appointment. We are happy to discuss maintenance and treatments with you.
Attribution – PetMD