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Covid 19 Ophthalmology for Animals - May 14, 2020

Veterinary care is an essential part of our community and we want to assure you that our hospital is open and will continue to provide services at this time. We also want to work with you and our staff to limit direct contact in order to focus on safety for everyone during this pandemic. Accordingly, we ask that you follow the below steps for the safety of all:

  • Upon arrival at the hospital, please remain in your vehicle and call us.
  • After receipt of the call, we will check you in as soon as possible from outside the hospital.
  • If you are at the hospital to pick up medication, please remain in your car outside the hospital and call the front desk. We will deliver your order to your car as quickly as possible.
  • If you are not feeling well or may be at risk of exposure to coronavirus, please ask a healthy friend or family member to transport your pet to the hospital on your behalf.
  • We will do our best to coordinate your visit from outside the hospital, including providing follow up instructions and taking payments.

Ophthalmology for Animals, Inc., we have various ways to help care for your pets without a trip or call to the hospital.

  1. Home Delivery: medications, including prescriptions and refills, can be ordered by sending us an email or text
  2. Email: your questions, concerns, prescription refills, and pictures. We will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

Our goal is to keep our essential services available to the communities we serve and be there for you and your pets. Thank you for your cooperation and for doing your part in helping to keep pets and people safe, and please don’t hesitate to call with questions.

We anticipate our phone lines will be busier than usual, and therefore, we appreciate your patience!

Chronic Superficial Keratitis

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CSK is a progressive, non-painful inflammatory disease of the cornea and conjunctiva. It affects primarily German Shepherds and German Shepherd crosses, but it has also been reported in other breeds (Siberian Husky, Scotch Collie, Greyhound, Labrador Retriever, Border Collie).

CSK is characterized by variable degrees of corneal vascularization, pigmentation, granulation tissue and cholesterol deposits (white opacities). The corneal changes usually begin at the lower lateral limbus. The disease is bilateral but not always symmetrical. Third eyelid involvement may occur with or without corneal involvement and is referred to as “atypical pannus” or “plasmoma.” The disease is progressive if not controlled with treatment, and can even lead to blindness. There is no cure, and lifelong treatment is necessary with control and vision retention being the goals of therapy.

The cause of CSK is not well understood, but it is known to have a heritable basis. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation plays an important role as an inciting and propagating factor. Dogs living at high altitudes and low latitudes are more severely affected. Flare-ups may be noted during spring months when the sun is closer to Earth. It is an autoimmune disease, meaning the dog’s ocular tissues are inappropriately targeted by the immune system.

The disease is controlled using immunomodulating (cyclosporine, tacrolimus) and anti-inflammatory (steroid or non-steroidal) medications. After disease remission, medications are tapered but never discontinued. Avoiding sunlight (i.e. afternoon shade) is recommended in affected dogs. Some dogs may also benefit from wearing UV-protective “doggles” when outside. Lifelong therapy is necessary, and in dogs diagnosed earlier in life (before 5 years of age) the disease may increase in severity over subsequent years and require more medications than the previous years.

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