Managing Dry Eye in Dogs

Dry eye or keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) is a relatively common disease of dogs that causes decreased tear production.  It is most often an immune disorder in which the components of tears are available, but production is interrupted by the dog’s own immune system, resulting in dry, itchy, crusty eyes.  The lacrimal glands (tear producing glands) become inflammed and unable to produce as many tears as the eyes need to keep the cornea lubricated.

Well controlled "dry eye" eyes are indistinguishable from healthy eyes!

Causes of Dry Eye in Dogs:

  • Immune disorder (most common)
  • Drug reaction
  • Removal of gland of the third eyelid to treat “cherry eye”  (rarely done anymore, because of the risk of developing dry eye)
  • Other less common things can cause dry eye as well.

lacrimal – pertaining to tears

kerat/o – cornea (the clear outer covering of the front of the eye)

conjunctiv/a – conjunctiva (the soft tissue surrounding the eye)

itis – inflammation

sicca – dry


If your dog has any abnormal eye discharge, squinting, eye redness or other signs of discomfort or abnormalities, see your veterinarian right away!  Eye issues are at least as urgent as any other health concern for several reasons…

  • Eye disease is often uncomfortable (as with dry eye) or outright painful.
  • Eye issues can progress rapidly.
  • Eye disease can be a symptom of a larger problem.
  • Eye diseases can result in blindness – Sometimes this is unavoidable, but sometimes (as is the case with dry eye) the progression of the disease can be slowed or stopped all together and sight can be protected.

Your veterinarian will perform a complete physical exam and one or more eye tests…

  • A Schirmer tear test is the diagnostic test of dry eye.  A thin strip of paper is folded and placed on the cornea.  (Yes, that is as annoying as it sounds, but dogs are surprisingly good sports about it!)  By measuring the amount of tears wicked up onto the paper in a minute, we can determine whether enough tears are being produced.
  • A complete eye exam with an ophthalmoscope will probably be done to look for concurrent or related problems.
  • fluorescein test may be done to look for corneal ulcers.
  • Other tests may be needed to diagnose or rule out dry eye and diagnose any concurrent problems.


Before  it was known how to regulate tear production, the treatment for dry eye was to surgically transpose the parotid duct (which carries saliva from the parotid gland to the inside of the mouth) from the mouth to an area near the eye, so that saliva would keep the eye moist, comfortable and healthy when tears could not.


How cool/resourceful/creative were vets back in the day??  Not that veterinarians today are not, but before we knew about wonderful, non-invasive immune-modulating eye drops (substitute any of a myriad of present day drugs/procedures/supplies that make medicine simpler today), vets had to do what they had to do.


Treatment of Dry Eye Today:
-Eye drops.


Usually dry eye is treated with daily or twice daily cyclosporine drops or ointment or tacrolimusdrops or ointment. Much less cool/resourceful/creative, except that it is better all around…for the pet, for the family, for the veterinarian who has to say “Drip these drops in the eye,” instead of spending hours on a complex face-rearranging, spit-in-the-eye surgery.

For that reason, as debilitating as dry eye can be if it is not treated (It can cause corneal scarring which can lead to blindness) and as much of a pain as it can be to give eye drops EVERY DAY, dry eye is a much simpler disease than it was even one generation ago.
If you have a dog with eye issues, get him or her to the veterinarian as soon as possible!  If you have a dog with dry eye, take heart!  Though it is a serious immune disease with potentially debilitating consequences if left untreated, diagnosis is straight-forward, treatment is simple and the prognosis is excellent.

84 thoughts on “Managing Dry Eye in Dogs

  1. My dog suffers with dry eye he is on the medication that you mentioned. It hasn’t cleared it up but I think he is more comfortable when we do the drops. And they get used to it I have been doing it for years.

    1. My dog has dry eye and was initially treated with Cyclosporine and Tarcrolimus. No improvement, in fact his eyes got worse. For the last five years I have been using Optixcare twice daily along with regular over the counter eye drops three times daily. My vet has been very impressed with the improvement. There are times when he does encounter an infection and for that I use Ofloxacin.

      1. What kind of OTC do you use with Optixcare?. I have a blind Bichon and her medicine is not working at all. Every morning I use a warm washcloth with baby shampoo to get the goo out of her eyes and them put the drops in. I think they are soothing to her but doesn’t control the eye mucus.

  2. I looked after a dog who needed eye goo putting in everyday, he was so used to it he just didn’t care when it was done, but without it he had really sore eyes.

  3. My dog has dry eye and gets her cyclosporine drops daily…. The drops definitely help but after being outside for awhile you can tell her eyes really bother her.

    1. Me to our boarder collies one eye moves
      If she looks to the side
      Also red once she looks straight her eye
      Looks fine. Been giving het eye drops

  4. cyclosporine ointment once a day and Genteal severe eye drops throughout the day, with occasional saline wash if there is gunk to clear out – our little Ralph has been on this regiment for 7 years… poor little eye!

  5. Our vet prescribed Optimune ointment for our Pug, and we use it every day. He’s soooo much better with it, even though we still have to wipe his eyes occasionally. His eyes are healthy and moist, not dry and crusty. This ointment is wonderful.

    1. So did my vet, but its more of a cream and an absolute nightmare for one person to administer. I’m struggling to get any in her eye, even with 2 people (my neighbour). How do you manage?
      I’m going back to my vet for an eye drop

      1. My dog was revovering from eye ulcer when I rescued her, had her on viscotears, which my vet said were no good, eye was clear but still had dry eye and always will, been fine on maxitrol for 6 months, now ulcer has come back, now prescribed clorophenical, and Viscotears both to be given 5 times a day, what a job arthritis both hands ruby very active 2 yr old jack russell, no neighbour to help, daughter calls in when she can , friend does it twice a week, its a nightmare, must be easy way, love my dog to bits so ill do my best, just hope drops go in ….

        1. Hi anonymous sounds like a very similar situation to my poor molly she is a 7year old Maltese Xi have had since she was 2yrs old anyway she has had an ulcer in her left eye for the last 7 weeks, last week at the vet appt she suggested i try viscotears like you and went back to the vet a week later as planned now she has blood vessels in the ulcer appartenly that is good news it means the ulcer is starting to heal but it now means she has dry eye which is causing ulcer that is what my vet says anyway the viscotears only replace the tears that are not there she told me she wants to give me a new medicine to help the dry eye and the ulcer?

          1. the vet has just prescribed cyclosporine and my little girl does NOT like it at all it must really hurt does anyone KNOW

          2. Best advice ever on the internet about how to administer drops: Back the dog into a bank pillows on a sofa corner or on a kitchen counter corner so there’s no way for them to wiggle out. (Have the drops ready beforehand with lid off.). Hold eyelid gently up and squeeze a drop from just above the eye so the dog doesn’t see it “coming”. It’s impossible to try to hold the dog and give drops simultaneously so making it so they are unable to squirm free is the way to go.

        2. try putting the drops on your finger (clean) and wiping them in the dogs eye it is the only way i can put drops in my jack russell s eyes she runs away when the bottle is brought anywhere near her

          1. My 14 year old recently diagnosed. other vet thought it was conjunctivitis which I understand it is often misdiagnosed at first.
            I had been putting ointment and drops in here eyes anyway for that but yes fighting a bit with it.

            As She is clicker trained it came to me I can use that to condition her to actually “like” getting her eyedrops. After a few rounds of refreshing her with the click treat and VERY high rewards she will sit nicely.
            I use vinyl gloves- at least one on my right hand. For the optimmune I put the 2 doses-one each on index and middle finger. I make sure her eyes are already clean and wiped if needed-using the click/treat for absolutely everything she does including sitting still, looking at me, etc.I put my arm around her and do the closest eye first with my middle finger and then the far (left) eye, with my index. She is very good and gets a BIG reward when done. It is supposed to take several-many weeks for the Optimmune to begin to work(if it does)and in the meantime she gets her Tear Gel 3x/day. I am confident these medications do not sting as she does not react at all to them. It is definitely worth the time to learn how to use a clicker properly. or google clicker training. It will make your life sooo much easier and is fun and rewarding for both you and your dog!!

          2. hi my Yorkshire terrier has just been diagnosed with dry eye. he runs away when he sees Lythe bottle too. has putting drops on your fingertips and applying to eye worked? need help as dog in danger of losing eye if I can’t find a way

          3. My 10yr old American Cocker Spaniels also has Dry Eye and is on the Cyclosporine drops. My boy is a total suck and takes his drops like a champ and they don’t seem to bother him at all.

          4. For those of you who have trouble adm eye drops, this sounds crazy but very easy
            I set my maltipoo up on washer eye level with me and I put his favorite treat in my mouth (just to hold) hold his brow with one hand and eye drop with the other. He’s so fixated on the treat, he doesn’t even realize he’s getting his meds

        3. I am considering adopting a dog that as the story reads, “was left in a bad shelter for 2 weeks and developed an eye infection that went untreated. (Later they wrote that) he had seen the vet and now suffers from dry eye. And takes 2 meds 2 or 3 times a day.
          I have requested the names of the meds and asked for the formal diagnosis so I can ask my vet what she thinks.
          I appreciate you story.
          Any new details?

          Thank you.

      1. Hi Jan:

        My 16-year-old pug has been on eyedrops for half his life now… One drop in each eye, a.m. and p.m. They work well, but the condition itself, even with the drops can lead to blindness, which is what we are now faced with. Tough watching these little guys grow old…

        1. I have an 11 year old rescue pug, he’s blind, he gets the cyclosporine drops every am and pm, his eyes were all crusty and nasty before but now they are so clear….he doesn’t mind them at all…. I am thinking it was the dry eye that caused him to go blind?

  6. My dog has a severe case of this. Her right eye produces NO TEARS at all. She alway has a yellow puss substance up under her upper eyelid sand on the bottom of both eyes. I use damp, flat cotton balls to wipe any crust away from her eyelids and cornersof her eyes. Then I put 3 BIG drops of “GENTEAL” (a solution for human eyes my vet said to use. It’s much less expenpensive at WalMarts or Targets than in drug or big grocery stores) and leave it in for 1/2 hours. It not only soothes her dry eyes, but washes all down the yellow puss from under her eyelids to the corner of her eyes. It really cleans out the eyes of all of the puss. Then I take more damp, flattened cotton balls and can easily wipe all of the goop out of her eyes so that her eyes are perfectly clean. I pat dry softly outside of her eys so that their dry, then put a large drop of cyclosoporin into what is now each puss-free eye. All while I’m doing this to kept her calm and still (she’s such a sweet dog) I sing a soft song to her making it up as I go along, using her name, telling her I love her, and what a good girl she is. The soft sound of my singing voice puts her at ease as we go through the whole process of taking care of her eyes. I love this dog so much, I don’t care how many times a day I have to do the two-step process on her eyes. She means the whole world to me. When doing anything to your dogs eyes, try singing softly to him/her and see how it calms the dog down so there is no struggle at all to do the job.

    1. My 2 year old Pembroke Welsh corgi was diagnosed with dry eye at the age of 15 months. but too late. He lost his left eye because he scratched it and lacerated it. It had to be removed. But with the care of an animal eye specialist his right eye is being treated daily with pilocarpine [2 drops in food am pm], 1 drop of tobramycin am & pm, 3 drops of Remend during the day and Genteel eye ointment at night. It sounds like a lot of work but I have an excel sheet printed out and a good timer. Last visit his Shirmer test came out at 15! Next visit the specialist is going to ]take away the tobramycin. He’s also on Ascenta [fish oil blend] 1/4 tsp in his morning food. He’s doing great and now I don’t worry so much.

  7. Our last Scottie used cyclosporin twice a day his whole life. He didn’t mind getting the drops at all.

  8. I have a Cairn Terrier and clean his eyes twice daily. He is so good about sitting and allowing me to clean his eyes. I believe the relief he feels makes him tolerant.

  9. Our Shih Tzu has Dry Eye and our vet recommended we bathe her eye with cold tea. She is usually hard to handle but she has no problems with the tea as it must be soothing,

  10. I have a 5 year old 95 lb dobie that I have been treating with optimume and genticin and artificial tears and have noticed his eyes go back and forth with more goobers if he is out side playing in the grass and leaves with his freizbee and balls.Have worked at Vet clinic in the past for 28 years and never saw this problem in dobies.I have had 5 in the last 30 years,have seen other health probs but never dry eye in them, seen it in a lot of other breeds.

  11. My terrier/shitzu has just been diagoned with dry eye. He also had a corneal ulsa. The problem was initially with him not accepting any treatment from myself near his eyes, snarling and being defensive. I watched my vet who had a lithuwanian accent administer the eye ointment and my dog let her put the cream in. So, when I got home I put on a foriegn accent and a baby voice and he let me do the task. Since then he has been willing to let me do the drops and cream. Also not holding him atall helped as that just made him more defensive. I also found that when first wearing an elizabethan hat that also helped.

    1. Is this for real? Your dog had an “ulsa”? Your vet had a “lithuwanian” accent that allowed your dog to out the cream in? So you went home and “put on a foreign accent”? How does that work? You put it on like a pair of pants? And just how did wearing the “elizabethan hat” help? Your dog was probably so busy laughing at you he forgot all about his eye problem!

  12. Have a dobie with dry eyes she get better for awhile but never totally clears up is there a treatment that does not cost a lot to correct it or make it better. She is about 6 years old and only develop this condition in the last year or so. Will this be a life long problem?

  13. I have a Siberian husky 12 years old just developed dry eye in her left eye only my vet gave me the Cyclosporine drops to try. When I put them in her eye she starts rubbing her eyes like it burns a lot .l also make chamomile tea and wash her eye with it .Its very soothing to her plus I put cvs lubricant gel drops there great I also use them on my pug once in the morning and he’s good to go.

  14. My beagle is 7 years and she has really bad dry eyes. She is high maintenance.

    Every morning I clean her eyes with make up remover pads dipped in warm water (the plain cotton ones, NOT scented. Just plain round white pads).
    Then I insert articifical tears (Genteal or something similar from the Chemist), then Tacrolimus in her eyes (2-3 times a day) and Isopto Carpine drops in her food (2 times a day).

    Her eye sight is affected. She almost walks into parked cars, but when we go for a walk she runs around like any other dog.

    Her eyes look disgusting first thing in the morning. They had a yellow puss over them and crusty bits. She is very patient and knows that I am trying to help when I gently clean her eyes.

    The vet suggests an operation (moving the saliva glands up to her eyes) but this would be expensive and I am not sure how effective it would be.

  15. My 6 year old shitzu has been diagnosed with dryeye. I am having so much trouble trying to get the cream in. She wont let me near her face. Its the same when she gets clipped as well. I dont know what to do as if she doesnt have the cream she will go blind and her eye is yellow and pusy

    1. Give her a treat and talk to her to be a good girl u will just have to clean her eyes it works with my shihtzu who also has a dry eyes everytime i clean her eyes and cut the hair around her eyes i just have a treat so she will let me…

  16. I have a blue sbt (4yrs old) who has dry eye (amongst numerous other health problems), I used to buy all his medication from the vet on prescription which I have to say wasn’t for the faint hearted until I discovered I could buy most of it over the counter from the chemist at a much cheaper price!! So now his routine is eyes bathed in the morning with boiled water that has cooled down using individual cotton wool balls to remove any crust or discharge, then thro out the day I administer hypromellose eye drops (cant be up to 5 times per eye per day) and on an evening befor bed he has lacri-lube put in each eye. Sometimes he gets an infection which can only be treated with optimmune from the vet on prescription but that’s rare now we have our routine sorted 🙂

  17. So sad to read about all the problems. My dog was getting up every morning with clear junk in the inner corner of one eye. Since it wasn’t both I thought it was just something in one eye. I would clean it out and next morn same thing. Then it was getting back in it in the middle of the day so I email my vet. She said to get rewetting drops at walmart. I just happened to have Systane drops in my cabinet and she said they were fine. Started putting one drop in every four hours next day no stuff in eye. Second day same thing. Third day went to just twice and she got a little stuff back but not much. So using 3 times a day. She doesn’t act like it bothers her in the least and may give her some comfort because I can say lets put drops in eyes and she will come to me. I am fixing to try Rugbys Artificial tears. If it is not as good will go back to Systane. There are a lot of lubricating drops at walmart that have the same exact ingredients as Systane but be prepared for hours of research just like I am doing now. PS: She did say if I do two drops in one eye wait for 5 minutes in between or the second one will not help.

  18. My Cavalier King Charles spaniel was diagnosed with dry eye in early July. We have made countless visits to her vet. She is hard to medicate. Closes her lids and moves her head. I think we have made some headway in getting her well. The debris in her eye is more clear and her eye stays open longer. I am using an eyewash, tacrolimus and Optixcare several times a day and she sleeps in one of those cone things. She is a different dog. I miss the old dog very much.

  19. i am going through this now with kyia. my sister and another person had her for the first 5 years and i beleive was not aware of dry eye, therefor never received any treatment. she was diagnosed at 9 yrs last year and i have the optimmune, the optixcare the isopto tears and the tobrex 0.3 percent. using different ones depending on her condition. she gets eye infections i feel when i dont keep up with a routine, because i never knew you needed one. only when they are inflamed, i thought you stopped treatment when the eye looked good. now i know. but i want to know, if it is an auto immune disorder, why can we not work on the immune system? her eyes have cleared up alot on certain foods, like raw, home cooked or orijen. as well as he skin, she stinks sometimes. gets ear infections and hot spots also. i write to shih tzu rescues for advice because they deal with these issues more than your average vet and have discovered different remedies that work for them that have to be cost affective for them
    . like gold bond powder for hot amazing.

    1. I’m so glad you mentioned something about diet! My 14-year-old Yorky was diagnosed with dry eye last year. She has been on cyclosporine 1%, two times daily since then. It seems to help but I noticed that she has little bumps growing on both the inner edges by her eyes where hair isn’t growing. Has anybody ever noticed that with their dogs? I recently switched her food to Wellness Core and miraculously her eyes cleared up! Then, as a treat, I was giving her some processed chicken (broasted chicken from Costco) and that night the gunk was back. I haven’t discussed the diet thing with my vet yet, but wonder if that could be the answer to a lot of pup’s problems out there? FYI: For people having trouble getting the gel and cream in the eyes, you can run the tube under warm water for about a minute, making it more liquefied. Goes in like a charm! (Having had had three cornea transplants feel I’m somewhat of an expert in the eye-gel-drop department!)

  20. My 9 year old border collie cross was finally diagnosed today with dry eye after 3 weeks of treatment and testing for his recurring eye problems.
    His eyes are red, inflamed and very sore and he has a yellow, thick discharge from his eyes. Mornings so far are the worst time of the day for this eye gunk.
    I have to treat his eyes with Cyclosporine drops twice daily and Ilium Chloropt eye ointment also twice daily for the rest of his life.
    Fingers crossed this works and his eyes get better.
    Thanks to everyone who has commented as I have never heard of this and reading other peoples stories makes me feel better informed of this condition and more prepared for what is to come.

  21. We have 3 Cairn terriers and the 15 year old male has dry eye, we use the Optimune ointment on him daily. The 2 bitches don’t have any problems and are similar ages. We just picked up another 3.5g tube of this @$107, we don’t mind paying for meds for our dogs that comes to over $3000 a year but was wondering if there was a cheaper alternative to this particular ointment that was as successful.

    1. Peter I just bought a 3.5g tube from my vet in Ohio and it was 55.00? See if you can find it @petmeds on line

    2. Try the Internet pet meds is good. You pay your get for a prescription and that lasts for six tubes- they are a half of the price on line so well worth it!

  22. We have a 3yr old Chinese crested with severe dry eye. Optimune every 8 hrs was not working. Now on tacrolimus,wait 5 minutes then apply optixcare eye lube, wait another 5 minutes then apply an artificial tear ointment. All of this is done every 6 hours-day and night. I love our dog dearly but is there anything else out there???

  23. My five year old west highland terrier has dry eyes .she is having antibiotics and optimune,it is clearing up has been just a there something I can buy at chemist as this treatment will cost £60pound a month for rest of her hopefully long life.??

  24. Our 7 year old carin terrier has developed dry eye and we are starting recommended treatment of tacrolimus, artifical tears, and mycitra cin/bacineopoly. My conceern is that he has been on atopica for 5 years which is a dose for up to 33 lbs and he weighs 24 lbs. In researching ingredients it looks like tacrolimus and atopica are both compounds of cyclosporine or very similar. I am afraid of the side effects of too much of this medication in his system. Also, the number of times recommended of the 3 meds for dry eye are almost impossible to administer. Tacrolimus 1 x day, artificial tears several times a day, mycitracin/bacineopoly 8 x day. The 8 x a day is not feasible and we don’t know if we can use tears and then ointments immediately afterwards. The expense is unreal; we are willing to do and pay whatever we can but wondering if some of this treatment could be simplified and also less costly. We do want our little terrier to maintain a good quality of life and not change into something that is unhappy or ill from too much medication.

    1. Did he say why he chose tacrolimus over cyclopsporine?
      It sounds as though his tear ducts may be totally nonproductive other wise I wonder why the antibiotic 8x/day?! or does he have corneal ulcers?

      Is the bacitran an ointment? An ointment will last much longer.
      I use a polysporin triple antibiotic as needed (has bacitricin in it-abut 9.00$ a tube) 1x Optimmune and 3x Tear Gel. Even that is expensive to me.

      BTW my “other” vet also prescribed Atopica for my poms alopecia. I declined. I refused to put him on it.( IMHO he was nowhere near needing an immune suppressant for his non bothersome condition) Kudos to you for questioning!!
      Of course the bottom line is his eyes must stay moist.

      Find another vet and ask for a second opinion on his eyes. Do not say what your current treatment is until you get a new diagnosis/treatment plan.
      good luck!!

  25. We have an 8 yr old weimeraner that we rescued 4 years ago. He was diagnosed by our vet, and later by a dog ophthalmologist, with dry eye. We were told this could possibly be due to his former bad beginning of being beaten around the head. He has, and continues to be treated daily with eye cleansing, cyclosporine drops 2 x day, etc. but it does not seem to be getting any better. The eye problems began about 2 years ago. He is a sweet boy and comes running for his eye treatments so it’s never a big deal to administer drops and cleaning. Any hope of this ever getting better?

  26. My 11 year old Cocker has dry eyes. She had the tests at the doctor but I can’t afford the once a day cyclosporin stuff. So she recommended Genteal. I hope this is enuf. She just got over bad conjuctivitis, and that antibiotic gel set me back quite a bit. I am unemployed.

  27. My 5 year old Havanese always had very bright beautiful eyes. Then as she got older she had very red conjunctiva and was diagnosed with dry eye. We went to three vets before we found one that solved the problem completely. The first two gave her cyclosporine in an oily base which just gooped up her eyes and made outdoor allergens stick to her eyes even more, how dumb is that? Finally the third vet, a canine eye specialist, solved it. We have her on a compounded eye drop of cyclosporine 1% and tacrolimus .1%. The drops come from a compounding pharmacy by mail. The drops are liquid, no oily residue on her eye lids at all. She is totally fine, no redness, no dry eye, just bright eyes again. We could not be happier with the result.

    1. Where can I get that cyclo/tacro combo ointment prescribed, as I use them both now from Diamondback drugs in Phoenix. They said I could not get a compounded combo drop?

  28. My Lhasa Apso is now 11yrs old and we have been battling dry eye x2 since 2012 . I tried the cyclosporine but it failed due to my dogs eyes are totally dry , now use tacrolimus as well as eye drops and usually a course of antibiotics every so many weeks to clear infection. It’s an ongoing problem every day with green gunk in her eyes more often than not. Now vet tells me because of scar tissue over the eyes and glaucoma they have suggested taking both eyes out. I am devastated she is such a sweetie, but I will euthanasia her before that. Her quality of life will be gone. It’s such a shame they can’t find a better medication…

    1. A dog uses its sense of smell and hearing as much or more than their eyes. Blindness is no reason to euthanize your dog.

    2. I have just adopted a cocker with only one eye and he has dry eye in that eye. Have just started treatment and things look better. Just wanted to say that looking at many rescue sites over the last year I have seen several dogs up for adoption that had major eye problems that had to have their eyes removed. Most said the dogs adjusted well and were happy as they were finally out of pain. It may be it is harder on the humans that it is the dogs. Good luck.

      1. My boy, pug, is completely blind and deaf and he is a happy boy. He has worked out his routine and I’m careful not to change furniture or leave objects in his usual path. He amazes me with his ability to adjust and be happy.

  29. Kerrie we also have a Lhasa who is blind. We treat him for dry eyes every day. My vet also said some people have dogs’eyes removed. I also was devastated. However my niece knows a girl whose dogs eyes were removed & says that dog has adapted just fine. I’m know I would have a hard time with that too…

  30. I have a 8 yr old dobie that has had dry eye for the last 4yrs have tried all the meds.worked for a Vet clinic for 20 yrs so have seen this problem.Gunny also has been diaganosed with DCM and may hold on a few more mo. have had 5 dobie and 3 have had DCM one died at 4 playing with a ball. have a new one due to be born about may 1 this will be my last one due to the fact I am 71.ill take dry eye any day instead of DCM .Good luck with all of the meds you have tried I use tears,genteal and
    watch the pollen count seems like high pollen makes his eyes worse

  31. The skin under my eyebrows were dry and scaly looking. I tried the Chamomile Eye Cream from Made From Earth and the skin was instantly transformed in the morning. My undereye feels so smooth and moisturized. This should last me a long time because I don’t use much product at one time.

    1. Umm…ok, great!
      You do realize this forum conversation is about “Dog’s and their Dry eye’s”????

  32. I have a 4 yr old Beagle, he had a severe case of dry eye in his right eye. The film and the crusty eye, all the symptoms everyone seems to have. Our vet tried everything, the cyclsporine, the eye drops and nothing was working. They referred us to a specialty vet and she is fabulous. Ran all the normal tests, smear, pressure, dye in the eye, the works. She prescribed us a steroid drop that you put in their food called pilocarpine hydochloride opthalmic solution. Now the price for this stuff was 175.00 and it lasts about a month. I checked all the pharmacies and found it at Wal-Mart for 4.00 that’s all just 4 bucks, your vet can write you a prescription for it. So after 5 months his eye is about 97%fixed. Pilocarpine drops in food every 12 hrs and the ivet plus gel drops whenever eye looks dry or squinting. His last smear test went from 0.00% tear production in the beginning to 14. 15 is what our vet says is normal. Have never been so happy with my dogs results. I would definitely recommend this treatment for anyone’s dogs with dry eye. Good luck

    1. Hello, thanks for your response. I am trying to get my vet to prescribe the pilocarpine for my Lhasa Apso. She wakes each morning with her eyes closed shut due to the icky discharge from her eyes. Are you using an oral solution? My research shows you put this in the eyes, not the food. Please advise. I did call Wal-Mart & they said the 1% solution is only $4 generic compared to $119 but again I am wondering if it goes in the food or the eyes. I’m waiting for my vet to call me back. Any advise you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again.

  33. Re dry eye
    Has anyone used hyaluronic acid (HA) such as Remend by Bayer and if so, any positive results?

  34. I’m looking to adopt my second rescue a 7 year old Cocker Spaniel from a shelter. She was a puppy mill mommy and her eyes were neglected for years. She was diagnosed with KSC.. She is on an anti inflammatory to bring down the swelling and cyclosporine 2x’s a day for life.. She has cloudiness in both eyes as well as possible scratches to both corneas. I am worried she will lose her sight or worse lose her eye. I lost my last cocker my baby to Cancer ….Hemangiosarcoma a year and a half ago…it broke my heart. We had her since she was a pup and she passed away one month shy of her 11th birthday…we adopted a 5 1/2 year old first first him to pieces .he is super healthy but does suffer from separation anxiety…we starting thinking of adopting to give him a companion ..but I’m scared this little girl with these bad eye issues as calm ,sweet and gentle that she I’m told may not be the best choice given her medical condition. He is on anti-anxiety meds that cost us $102 a month..I’m told treating this little girls eye issues is very expensive….thinking maybe we should wait for a rescue without major health issues like my sweet least them we would have insurance that would cover most medical issues….except for behavioural …can anyone way in..the shelter is holding her for us to meet her tomorrow ..thanks

    1. Hi! Iin October, I adopted a 6-year old rescue Cocker Spaniel who was said to have only an eye infection. After I got him, I knew something was wrong. The vet wasn’t sure, so I got a referral to an ophthalmologist who gave him the diagnosis late stage PRA, early stage cataracts, dry eye, entropion, ectropion, and distichia. I was crushed!! He will be blind from the PRA and cataracts within a year. He just had the $3,000 surgery to fix the entropion, ectropion, and distichia and is 100 times more comfortable (they permanently removed over 40 eye lashes that rubbed on his corneas!), but he may still have a little problem with it. He gets Tracrolimus eye drops twice a day to encourage tear production and Optixcare Eye Health gel/cream twice a day for eye lubrication. I love him to pieces, but had I known before what I know now, I probably would not have adopted him. It cost a lot of money and the medical treatment never ends. If you are seriously considering adopting a Cocker with eye problems, please get the full diagnosis from a ophthalmologist before you make a final decision; a regular vet can’t see the PRA (only shows as a strange ‘shine’ or ‘reflection’ in the eyes at certain angles and light), which is a very common eye disease with Cockers and that make them go blind around age 6-7. I realize that this response comes late, so I hope that you had the best outcome from your decision. Take care!

  35. I just found out my dog has diabetes
    And ksc I was given a tiny tube of opptimune. Seen it online $30 insane especially if I have to use it the rest of his life.
    Very expensive.he has a ulcer that I’ve been treating…The aspca wanted to euthanize him!
    I took him home..they’re a charity??
    I am giving him insulin.
    Need a dry eye treatment that is affordable..opptimune isn’t!!
    He’s a lhasa apso About 7 now..I didn’t realize the crusty eyes was dry eyes..I’m trying to save his life…
    Any genuine charitable organizations in this country?
    That help?
    Right now im in nyc it’s crazy what they charge. And do so little.

  36. My bulldog has dry eye ,and she has remend eye drops 4 times a day.
    At first she wouldn’t let me put the eyedrops in,but in the end I used cool boiled water and put it in a spray bottle,she soon got use to me spraying her eyes I think because it was a lot quicker to spray she soon got use to me being near her eyes .,now when I put eye drops in she doesn’t mind at all.
    it’s worth a try.

  37. My lhaso apso developed KCS. Her lymph nodes got swollen and her cheek got swollen. Her vet said if we pull out bad tooth her condition will improve. She pull off 4 teeth and rip me off $500+. She begin drinking water like crazy after teeth surgery. Her condition didnt improve. Yes she was on antibiotics it only killed symptoms but didnt cure her condition. i stopped going to vet. She prescribe eye drops that cost $44. I started healing my dog holistic way. I gave her wild oats water, the one horses eat.(very nutritious) I boiled them for 3 hours then put in blender and strain through fine sieve. I added 2 times daily to her food. Her lymph nodes went back to normal. For her dry eyes i mix 1 teaspoon each of raw flaxseeds, chia seeds, and sesame seeds add to 1/2 cup of water let it soak for 3 hours. Put in blender and add to her food 1 tablespoon with a drizzle of hempseed and 1 fish pill plus Nu-Pet vitamins. I also give her organic yogurt. Her eyes started improving.

  38. My lhaso apso developed KCS. Her lymph nodes got swollen and her cheek got swollen. Her vet said if we pull out bad tooth her condition will improve. She pull off 4 teeth and rip me off $500+. She begin drinking water like crazy after teeth surgery. Her condition didnt improve. Yes she was on antibiotics it only killed symptoms but didnt cure her condition. i stopped going to vet. She prescribe eye drops that cost $44. I started healing my dog holistic way. I gave her wild oats water, the one horses eat. I boiled them for 3 hours then put in blender and strain through fine sieve. I added 2 times daily to her food. Her lymph nodes went back to normal. For her dry eyes i mix 1 teaspoon each of raw flaxseeds, chia seeds, and sesame seeds add to 1/2 cup of water let it soak for 3 hours. Put in blender and add to her food 1 tablespoon with a drizzle of hempseed and 1 fish pill plus Nu-Pet vitamins. I also give her organic yogurt. Her eyes started improving.

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