|Barked: Thu Oct 20, '11 1:00pm PST |
|If your dog has dry eye (KCS), then the treatment is for life and must also be supplemented with artificial tears up to six times a day. Both my Crested boys were diagnosed with KCS in one eye only, and both kept getting ulcers on their eye from the constant dryness, in spite of receiving the optimmune daily and the other drops every three hours.
Since my dogs both only had one eye with the disease, my vet and I elected to remove the eye (and PRAY they never got it in the other eye!!)
It's been almost a year for one and over 6 months for the other and they are both happy and healthy now. They are much more trusting of me since I am not constantly having to put stuff in their eye nor scraping crusts out of them three or four times a day in order for them to even keep the eye open.
I am not suggesting that all dogs with KCS have their eye removed, but I do want you to realize that these drugs do not cure this condition... it is a lifelong disease and must be treated forever.
If you still have questions I would advise an appointment with a veterinary opthalmalogist. They are specialists in eye issues and can discuss your pet's condition with you and go over the best long term options.
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