Category: Ophthalmology

A dog being gently held with its head tilted to the side while another hand is dripping an orange dye into the dog's eye.

Corneal Ulcers

In this episode of ‘Your Vet Wants You to Know’, Dr. Kristen Fischer, veterinary ophthalmologist discusses corneal ulcers in pets. Pet owners will learn what corneal ulcers are, how they are diagnosed and treated. Dr. Fischer gives valuable insights on what pet owners should watch for, healing times, and the importance of a rapid veterinary exam. This episode provides practical advice for pet owners on how to heal their pets’ eyes faster. Treatment options, including the use of topical antibiotics and the importance of the ‘cone of shame’ for prevention of further injury, are discussed. The “Scratching the Itch” segment concludes with an overview of other helpful (and adorable) protective eyeware.

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Cataracts in Dogs and cats

In this episode, Dr. Kristen Fischer, board certified veterinary ophthalmologist discusses the importance of early diagnosis, the different causes, and treatments of cataracts in pets. Genetic predisposition and diabetes are the most common causes of cataracts in dogs, whereas inflammation causes cataracts in cats. Early detection and treatment are essential and can be achieved by routine eye exams conducted by a veterinarian. Treatment options available include surgery, which has a success rate of around 90%. In cases where surgery isn’t possible, maintaining comfort for the pet is key. The positive impact of this treatment in pets is highlighted through a special story about a rescue dog named Ethel. Dr. Fischer also denotes the annual initiative by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists that provides free eye exams for service animals globally.

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