A site for sore eyes

Remend™ Dry Eye Lubricant Drops for dogs provide long-lasting moisture and lubrication for the eyes, and can help to alleviate the signs of Dry Eye when used twice daily.

Remend™ is intended for use as part of the overall management of Dry Eye in dogs, and is not intended to replace the need for prescription medication from your vet.

See How is Dry Eye Treated? for more information, and speak to your vet for the best treatment options for your individual pet.

What is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye, also called Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) is a common eye disease of dogs, that occurs when the tear glands are not able to produce the normal amount of tears.

Tears play an essential role in keeping the eyes healthy; they provide lubrication to keep the eye comfortable, help protect the eye against infection, and help to wash away any irritating particles that come into contact with the eye. The condition is painful; without tears, eyes feel dry and irritated and are more prone to infections and ulcers. In the longer term this can lead to pigmentation and scarring of the eye surface, and eventually even blindness.

What causes Dry Eye?

The most common cause of Dry Eye (also called keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or KCS), is destruction of the tear glands by the dog’s own immune system.

Dry Eye is common, affecting approximately 1 in every 22 dogs. Any breed of dog can suffer from the condition; however there are certain breeds of dog in which Dry Eye is more common.

Which breeds are more susceptible to Dry Eye?

In susceptible breeds, such as those shown, ophthalmologists recommend routine testing for dry eye, as early diagnosis is likely to lead to a more successful outcome. Testing is quick and painless and can be carried out at a routine appointment, such as a vaccination.

Ask your vet for further details.

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Repeated episodes of conjunctivitis or corneal ulcers

A dry or dull appearance of the eye

Redness of the eye

Signs of discomfort such as excessive blinking or rubbing at the eyes

Discharge from one or both eyes

What are the symptoms of Dry Eye?

Dry Eye symptoms can be variable, and may be subtle in the early stages of the disease.

Hover over the hotspots on the dog’s eye to reveal some of the symptoms of Dry Eye.

These signs can be seen with other eye conditions as well, so it is important to seek veterinary advice if you notice anything out of the ordinary with your pet’s eyes.

Ask your vet for further details.

Does my dog have Dry Eye?

If you’re concerned that your pet may have Dry Eye, you should contact your vet. Your vet can perform a very simple tear test which will take a matter of minutes.

The test involves placing a special strip of paper into the eye and holding it in place for 60 seconds, this is usually done in both eyes, and gives a measure of the amount of tears your dog produces in one minute. Your vet will assess these results, along with any other symptoms that your dog is showing, to determine whether your dog has Dry Eye (KCS).

How is Dry Eye treated?

Catch it early

Catch it early

The earlier the condition is diagnosed, the more likely it is that treatment will be successful; so if your dog has any of the symptoms listed above, or is a breed that has a higher risk of developing Dry Eye, speak to your vet about Dry Eye testing.

Treating the underlying

Dry Eye treatment

In the majority of cases, dogs with Dry Eye will need treatment for life, as there is no permanent cure for the destruction of the tear glands. Treatment usually involves applying an eye ointment that needs to be prescribed by your vet, which will help to protect the tear glands from attack from the immune system, and allow your dog to produce natural tears.

This treatment needs to be given for life, as if stopped, the attack on the tear gland will start up again, and tear production will drop.

Speak to your vet for further details.

Use of artificial

Use of artificial tears

In addition to the treatment for the underlying condition, your vet will usually also recommend that you use artificial tears (also called tear supplements). These are especially important initially, as the prescription treatment takes a few weeks to take effect, so using artificial tears as well helps to ensure that your dog’s eyes are made comfortable from the day of diagnosis. Most eye specialists recommend continuing long-term with artificial tears, alongside the prescription medicine, to keep your dog’s eyes as comfortable as possible.

Artificial tears are not intended to replace the need for prescription treatment from your vet, using them alongside prescription medication gives the best chance of managing your dog’s condition successfully.

How can Remend™ help?

Remend™ Dry Eye Lubricant drops is a tear supplement that can be used as part of the overall management of Dry Eye. The drops contain hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring molecule found throughout the body in both people and dogs, where it acts as the body’s natural lubricant. In this formulation, the drops help to alleviate the symptoms associated with KCS, by providing long-lasting moisture and lubrication to the eyes.

How often should Remend™ be applied?

Remend™ Dry Eye Lubricant Drops should be applied 2 times each day, and may be applied up to 4 times each day if needed, to alleviate the signs of dry eyes. Tear supplements play a crucial role in the management of dry eye, but should not be seen as an alternative to prescription products. Using a tear supplement, such as Remend™, alongside a prescription treatment from your vet gives the best chance of managing your dog’s condition successfully.

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