Degeneration of the Cornea in Dogs
If a disease of the eye is present, your veterinarian will treat the condition accordingly. Lipid and calcium deposits that impair vision or create discomfort to the eye, either from a roughened surface, or from disruption and ulceration of the corneal epithelium, may benefit from a vigorous corneal scraping, or a superficial removal of part of the cornea (keratectomy). These procedures would be followed by medical management, since deposits are likely to recur in patients following superficial keratectomy surgery. Your dog's diet will also be a consideration. If hyperlipoproteinemia is diagnosed, a low-fat diet would be beneficial for hindering further progression. Your veterinarian will advise you on this. Both methods of treatment can be useful for slowing or stopping progression of the disease.
Living and Management
Your doctor will want to monitor your dog's serum cholesterol and triglycerides to assess the effectiveness of dietary management, if that has been recommended as a maintenance strategy. If a primary disease if present, its will be monitored for progression or regression, and treated according to the indications and comfort needs of your dog.
The outer layer of the eye that helps it to keep its round shape; the eye white.
The tissue that supports any given organ
A medical condition in which the uvea becomes inflamed.
A medical condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed
Something that is related to the whole body and not just one particular part or organ
The surgical procedure in which part of the cornea is removed
The collection of fluid in the tissue
A covering of cells that turns into the outermost layer of skin and covers the body
The colored layer around the pupil
A condition in which a muscle or body part grows defectively
Anything having to do with the eye
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