BEWARE: Doggy Disease

BEWARE: Doggy Disease

Since dogs are known as "man's best friend," it's especially important to keep their health in check. Although this takes nothing away from their owners, as their health is just as important. It has recently been brought to attention that not many people are aware of the many health issues that can affect dogs. Worry no more, for we are here to inform you!

One disease called Pannus, also known as Chronic Superficial Keratitis, is most commonly found in German Shepherds but also affects other dog breeds. It is a developing inflammatory disease of the cornea. Change occurs where blood vessels and scar tissue invade the cornea, usually beginning in the temporal (outer) or ventral (lower) quadrant of the cornea. Signs of this include pigmentation (brown discoloration), vascularization (blood vessel in-growth) and opacification (haziness) of the cornea. Scarring and severe visual impairment or blindness may result in severe cases when most or all of the corneal surface is involved in these changes. Be sure to consult with a veterinarian if you notice any of these signs of disease. Although no permanent cure exists, the condition can be managed long-term and treatment such as surgery or therapy can aid in restoring your loved one back to health. For less severe cases, ointment or eye drops can help as well.

Stay strong and remember that your canine friends need extra love and support through tough times!

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  • Jeff Vander Berg