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Eye diseases increase among dogs, says Indian Veterinary Research Institute

BAREILLY: Scientists at Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) are worried over the rising cases of eye defects.

BAREILLY: Scientists at Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) are worried over the rising cases of eye defects, mainly Kerato Conjunctivitis Sicca (KCS), conjunctivitis and glaucoma, among dogs. The institute’s polyclinic received 79 ophthalmic cases from January to June 25, which were 62 in 2014. Dog owners from several states — including West Bengal, Bihar and Uttarakhand — have been visiting IVRI for the treatment of ophthalmic cases, especially KCS, a dry eye syndrome that causes ulcer in eyes affecting vision. Besides, glaucoma, a neuro generative disease, also impacts vision.

According to scientists, no KCS-specific research has been conducted, so far, to determine its exact reason, but past studies suggest genetic or immune- related problems cause dry eye. Common symptoms of KCS among dogs are discharge of mucus from eyes, and the canine’s tendency to avoid going out in the sun.

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