Drenti Vizsla and Eye Problems: How to Recognise and Treat?

Dog owner question:

"Hi! My Drenti vizsla, called Odin, who I recently adopted, is showing strange symptoms: his eyes are red, watery and he is visibly uncomfortable. I guess this breed is prone to eye problems. What symptoms should I look out for and what can I do if Odin has eye problems?"

Veterinary answer:

"Hi! It's great that you noticed Odin's symptoms and are concerned about his health! Drenti vizslas are indeed prone to eye problems such as cataracts and retinal atrophy.

Symptoms of such eye problems include redness of the eyes, increased tearing, sensitivity to glare, swelling around the eyes or deterioration of vision.

It seems that Odin's symptoms, such as red, watery eyes, may indeed indicate an eye problem.

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If you suspect an eye problem, it is important to see your vet as soon as possible!

He or she will examine Odin's eyes thoroughly and, if necessary, may involve a specialist to make an accurate diagnosis. If Odin is diagnosed with an eye condition, the vet will probably prescribe medication to alleviate the symptoms and may recommend surgery if necessary.

Some eye conditions, such as cataracts, can be treated surgically, while others, such as retinal atrophy, unfortunately cannot be cured. Fortunately, treatments are now available to relieve symptoms and preserve vision for as long as possible.

If you are prepared to provide Odin with the right care and support, he can continue to be a happy and healthy dog, despite his eye disease!

I hope this has helped and Odin gets better soon!"