Operate his dog after a dry keratoconjunctivitis.
Recently, I mentioned the dry keratoconjunctivitis in dogs: a common problem, especially among small breeds. Today, let’s talk care that exist, and in particular the operation. Why operate? How is the operation? What budget do you need?
Why surgery after a keratoconjunctivitis?
You remember, the keratoconjunctivitis train a dry eye that even the application several times a day of artificial tears can compensate. If it is not treated quickly, more serious problems can occur: infections, ulcers,… It is not only comfort but also the sight of your dog.
The Keratoconjunctivitis is often congenital reasons that lead to poor management by the immune system of the lacrimal gland. Without care, she will be completely destroyed in the term. The operation is proposed when the failure of the treatment with cyclosporine is found.
The goal of the operation is not to give your dog normal comfort, lost to everything forever, but to allow him to avoid infections by replacing the tears by saliva. Saliva is produced constantly, like the tears, it is generally well tolerated by the dog and she virtues cleansing and antiseptic.
The Operation to a Keratoconjunctivitis
The operation is to divert a salivary canal to the eyelid of the diseased eye. It is a delicate intervention. It takes place under general anaesthetic.
Once the dog is asleep, the surgeon incision on the cheek. It is provided with a video microscope the whole time to have a good view the parotidien channel and the fragile tissue that surround it. Once he found the channel, he follows it to the papilla and detached it to divert it into a Pocket under the eye, where the suture is performed.
As soon as he woke up, the dog feels normally the comfort of his re-moistened eye. This comfort is limited initially by the essential collar to allow the healing of the wound without unwanted legs kicking. It is recommended to clean twice a day eye surgery with a wet cotton ball, gently, to stay sharp and clean.
During the ten days following the operation, an antibiotic ointment should be applied on the eye, while the tissues heal.
The first notable side effect is an influx of saliva at the time of the meal or when the dog is excited. A little bit of vaseline comes easily at the end.
Saliva is composed of more than minerals than tears. Salts and calcium deposits may accumulate on the cornea and lead to irritation. It takes a small procedure with local anesthesia to remove them. Your veterinarian can advise you may test a new diet to avoid overproduction of salt and minerals.
The Price of the Operation?
Between preparatory examinations, consultations, general anesthesia, and the use of a microscope video for the operation, he should expect a high budget, because it is an intervention that only some centers are equipped to made. In addition, a follow-up of the dog is necessary in the hours and days following the operation.
It is likely that, depending on the region, you are presented with a Bill ranging from 800 to €2000. Some practitioners agree to provide payment facilities, but the best solution is to call your insurance company to repay part of the care and help financially in this moment of stress!
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