German shephard mix, mucous forms on the lower part of the eye

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I have an 8 year old German shephard mix. My dog has recently developed a condition whereby mucous forms on the lower part of the eye. The condition has been present for at least a week despite my daily washing of the area with warm water and a washcloth. My dog seems otherwise healthy. It was suggested by the veterinarian that my dog has dry eyes (2% and 5% of normal tear production) and will require lifelong medication in the form of daily topical application of cyclosporing and artificial tears. Is there no curative treatment?

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Asked on July 15, 2015 7:30 pm
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The treatment your veterinarian recommends is the most current treatment available. There is a surgery that can be offered where a salivary duct is transplanted to the corner of the eye and saliva then keeps the eye wet. At DELTA we generally treat with cyclosporine as there can be complications from the surgery. Have a consultation with a Veterinary Ophthalmologist to see if your dog is a candidate for the surgery.

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Posted by Dr. Gaylord Brown
Answered on July 15, 2015 7:31 pm
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