Your Dog Eyes What Are They Telling YOU?

They say that Dog Eyes are the windows to the soul and when your pet looks up at you with those gorgeous eyes all resistance crumbles!

Apart from stealing your heart, your pet’s eyes are crucial to his well being and ability to lead a fully functional life.

Healthy eyes and vision are important to keep your pet safe, help him to find food and shelter and find his way around his environment.

Eye health is key to a healthy pet!

Eyes are very delicate but surprisingly durable. There are steps you can take now to care for your pet's eyes so they aren't prone to Dog Eye Infections and traumas later.

One thing that is all-important is observing your pet's eyes, so you can catch any Canine Eye Problems early and prevent them.

Dog Eyes are made up of several parts. Each of these parts has extremely important functions and when attacked, these functions may break down.

The Anterior chamber

Of your dog’s eye is the area that is located behind the cornea and is filled with a liquid substance called aqueous humor. It is a thick watery substance that actually sets between the lens and the cornea. It main function is to inflate the globe of the eye itself. The ciliary body is the structure that produces this fluid and is the front portion of the eye.

The Conjunctiva

Is the lining of the eyelids as well as the thin membrane, which covers the white part of the eye known as the Sclera. It helps to lubricate your dog’s eye as well as assisting in the production of mucus and the tearing. The Cornea is the clear covering of the front of the eye and the Iris is the colored part of the organ that helps to control the amount of light that enters into your pet’s eyes.

The Lens

Of your dog’s eyes is the portion that focuses light on the Retina and the pupil is the actual opening of the eye that looks like a dark circle.

Your dog has one more part of the eye that is very interesting, the third eyelid.

It is translucent and can be drawn across the eye both for protection and is to help remove dust and dirt from the surface of the eye (cornea) by moving across it during any inward movement, and also to help keep the eyeball moist and lubricated.

It is also called the nictitating membrane and is totally different the human eyelids as they can move horizontally. The nictitating membrane, which is made up of a thin sheet of pale tissue is tucked away in the corner of the eye.

Keratocon junctivitis sicca or dry eye

Is caused by a breakdown in the tear film that protects the cornea. When this film breaks down, the cornea is deprived of the nourishment it needs to remain healthy and deterioration begins. Brown coloration, scar tissue, ulcers, and blood vessel growth can then develop and interfere with eyesight.

A dog with dry eye is a dog whose eyes sting constantly. The lack of tears also contributes to the increase in mucous in the eye, resulting in a greenish discharge that adheres to the hairs near the eye. The Canine Eye Discharge can be cleared up with medication, but if dry eye is the cause, it returns when the dosing ceases.

The eyes are also used to communicate – ”staring eyes” indicate a threat, while “sad eyes” or looking away indicate submission.

Canine vision is inferior to humans during the day but is superior at night. Dogs do see colors but not as distinctly as human (in pastel as opposed to strong colors), and their peripheral vision is better than ours.

Your Veterinarian also may have suggestions for you and your particular animal. Observation and prevention are a great way to keep veterinary bills within reason, and your dog eyes care is no exception.

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