Diseases & Conditions
What is blepharitis?
Blepharitis is, essentially, an eyelid inflammation. This inflammation may occur on one or both of your dog’s eyelids, and may be part of a more generalized skin condition.
What will blepharitis look like in my dog?
Your dog’s eyelid or eyelids will be pink or red as well as missing hair and often itchy. A crusty layer may begin to develop on the impacted area.
How does my dog get blepharitis?
Allergies are the most common cause of blepharitis. However, trauma to the eyelid area and bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections can also trigger blepharitis.
How is blepharitis diagnosed?
Your vet will make a diagnosis primarily based on your dog’s symptoms.
How is blepharitis treated?
Treatment is generally based on treating the underlying cause. Your vet may put your dog on medications such as eye washes, antibiotics, anti-histamines, anti-parasitics or steroids. Your vet may also recommend applying warm compresses to your dog’s eyelids.
How is blepharitis prevented?
Prompt and effective treatment of any disease or condition that may potentially irritate your dog’s eyelids is the best way to safeguard your dog from developing blepharitis.
Can I get blepharitis from my dog?
No, your dog cannot trasmit blepharitis directly to you.