Uveitis is a condition which affects uvea, an organ which supplies blood to the cornea. Uveitis in dogs may lead to blindness, if left untreated. For more details, continue reading this DogAppy article.
Uvea comprises iris, ciliary body, and choroid. Uvea is concerned with the blood supply to cornea. Uveitis is the condition of inflammation of uvea. It is classified as posterior or anterior uveitis, depending upon the position, where it occurs. Iris and ciliary body are a part of anterior uvea, while choroid is a part of posterior uvea. If all of these structures are affected, uveitis is called true or pan uveitis. In dogs, uveitis may quickly progress to glaucoma and then blindness, if it goes unnoticed and untreated. Hence, it is a must that you watch for any unusual symptoms in your dog.
What Causes Uveitis in Dogs
In case of corneal damage, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications such as suprofen, diclofenac, indomethacin, and flurbiprofen may be prescribed to reduce inflammation fast. Systemic NSAIDs such as aspirin, ketoprofen, carprofen, and tolfenamic acid may also be used, as they have fewer side effects. Surgical procedures include repair of torn cornea or removal of foreign body from the eye.
Uveitis is a serious condition which may rob your dog off his eyesight. Treatment should be initiated without any delay. After trauma or injury, one must get the dog’s eyes tested from a specialist. Similarly infections should be curbed at an initial stage only.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.