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Dr. Deb
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Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help with this concern about LJ.

While I don't like to second guess fellow professionals, it seems unusual that a vet would suggest removal of both eyes if a diagnosis of dry eye (aka KCS) has been made. Many of these patients can be managed successfully with topical medications such as Cyclosporine, Tacrolimus, pilocarpine (1 - 2% eye drops), broad-spectrum topical antibiotics (since secondary bacterial infections can develop) and artificial tears. Some patients will respond to just one medication while others will need several to manage their condition.

Prognosis is variable, depending on the cause, but most dogs have a good response to medical treatment which may be lifelong in some cases.

I should mention that many vets don't feel comfortable with or have a lot of experience with eye conditions. LJ may be better served by seeing an ophthalmologist although I don't know the availability of these specialists in Australia; they're fairly common here in the States.

At the very least, I'd get a second opinion from another vet in your area before having LJ's eyes removed.

I hope this helps, Deb

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I just wanted to thank you for the rating; it's greatly appreciated.

And, to wish you the best with LJ. Deb

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