Uveitits in dogs

  • Uveitis is inflammation of the iris, the ciliary body or the choroid. These are structures within the eye which form the uvea

  • One or more of these structures can be affected in uveitis

  • Uveitis is very painful 

  • Always contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your pet may have uveitis or any pain associated with the eye 

 

Symptoms of uveitis 

 

  • Uveitis is painful so your dog may squint and try to keep his eyes closed 

  • Uveitis may cause your dogs pupil to appear constricted 

  • The cornea may appear cloudy 

  • Uveitis may cause the sclera (the white part fo the eye to appear more red compared to normal 

  • There may be more tear production from the eye compared to normal

 

Always contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your pet has any of these symptoms. 

 

Diagnosing uveitis 

 

  • Your vet will thoroughly examine your pets eyes, having examined the eye with an otoscope, they may then measure the intraocular pressure within the eye. 

  • In uveitis the intraocular pressure will be low, unlike in glaucoma where the pressure can be high 

  • Ultrasound may be used to examine the structure of the eye 

  • Other tests may be performed to rule out various underlying causes 

 

Treatment 

 

  • Treatment may depend on the underlying cause of your dogs uveitis 

  • Treatment will generally target the inflammation and pain associated with uveitis 

  • It is vital your pet receives treatment as soon as possible to prevent further complications from developing