Dry Eye is very common - 1 in 22 dogs are affected by this disease. However, in certain breeds, this figure is almost doubled. It's important to be aware that the eyes of some dogs affected by Dry Eye look surprisingly normal, despite severely reduced tear production and destruction of the tear glands. The sooner Dry Eye is diagnosed and the correct treatment started, the better the long term outlook for your dog's eyes. Dry Eye is also painful (a bit like having grit in your eyes) so prompt treatment will also improve your dog's welfare.

Predisposed Breeds

All breeds of dogs can develop Dry Eye at any age, but some are more prone to the condition. Breeds of dog particularly susceptible to Dry Eye include:

  1. English Cocker Spaniel
  2. West Highland White Terrier
  3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  4. Shih-Tzu

Other breeds include the Yorkshire Terrier, Bulldog, Pekingese, Pug and Lhasa Apso.

Specialist ophthalmologists recommend testing susceptible breeds regularly and many owners elect to have their dog tested at routine appointments such as vaccination. This ensures they pick up Dry Eye early and can start treatment before too much tear gland tissue is destroyed.