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Snow Blindness in Dogs

snow dogsWe are in the heart of winter! It is time to go skiing up on Sandia Mountain. Don’t forget how much fun snow shoeing or hiking with your dog is as well! When people go outside to play in the snow, we are acutely aware of how bright the snow can be on our eyes. So we wear eye protection, like goggles or sun glasses. However, the snow can be just as bright to your dog’s eye, only he can’t ask you for glasses. ¬†Snow blindness is a painful and serious condition and your dog can get it just as easily as you can.

Symptoms of Snow Blindness

  • Tearing and watering of the eyes
  • Eyelid twitching
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Swelling of the eyes
  • Painful eyes

Treatment

There is not too much that can be done to treat snow blindness.

  • Remove your dog from the bright light
  • Put a cold compress over their eyes
  • Put eye patches on to help block all light
  • Prescription eye drops to alleviate the pain and help with the corneal inflammation

Prevention

You can get goggles that are designed for dogs, these can help cut glare and reduce the likelihood of snow blindness. Also, take your dog out when the sun is not as high in the sky, so it is not as bright on the snow. If it is really bright to your eyes, then it is really bright to their eyes too.

Resting the eyes is the best thing you can do. If your dog gets snow blindness, bring them to the vet for evaluation. The vet may prescribe eye drops to help with the pain and treat the inflammation.

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