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Causes and Prevention of Conjunctivitis in Dogs

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015
Conjunctivitis

Causes of Conjunctivitis

There are many causes of conjunctivitis. They include trauma, allergies, foreign body intrusion, bacterial or viral infection, neoplasia and immune-mediated conditions. Certain breeds are predisposed to developing conjunctivitis, especially those with long narrow skulls, deeply set eyes and inadequate tear drainage(Afghan hounds, Dobermans, Poodles).

Preventing Conjunctivitis

Dogs chronically affected by conjunctivitis – especially if it is due to a structural or conformational breed predisposition – probably should not be bred. Dogs with an immune-mediated cause of conjunctivitis may require lifelong oral or topical prescription therapy.

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