Nanook has been having trouble with his eyes for several months. They water so bad that it wets his cheeks all the way down the side of his face. We have asked all of the vets about it and no one seemed concerned at all. The internal specialist we were seeing did an eye stain, said it was normal and didn't think it was anything to worry about. Our regular vet thought it was due to allergies but didn't want to put him on antihistamines.
Well, it has gotten a lot worse. He's constantly pawing at them, the red rim around his eyes has gotten so thick and dark, he looks like a person who has some horrible disease (when their eyes get all puffy with bags and dark circles) so we took him back to the vet yesterday. Dr. Marsden (the Mrs. Marsden) said last week she thought he just had an eyelid problem and it was nothing to worry about, but yesterday she decided to do a Shirmer tear test, which he failed miserably and she diagnosed him with Dry Eye (Canine Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca). I just hope that it hasn't been let go for so long that it can't be treated. It can cause ulcers in the eye, blindness and other issues. We have to put ointment in his eyes twice a day and if it doesn't help, then we move on to artificial tears several times a day for life (from what I have read). I'm praying that it can be reversed, but from everything I have seen, it doesn't look promising. The tube of ointment last 1 week and is $60. I can't imagine having to do this for life