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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Pannus -Joe Cool

Echo and Bozley both have pannus in one or both eyes. This time of year it is nice outside so we like to sit on the deck and of course the dogs like to be out with us. Echo wears his Doggles to block the suns rays which accelerates the pannus which can if left alone blind a dog. The description of pannus follows. He actually likes his Doggles and we praise him for wearing them and he leaves them on. In the summer it is not so bad but in the winter the sun is directly overhead and also reflects off the snow which is hard on their eyes and aggravates their condition. Sarah and Bozley don't seem to have a problem with it but Echo and Bozwell don't like the direct sun. Bozwell likes his walks in the morning and doesn't like to go out in the direct sunlight. They go out in the back yard which is shaded so it doesn't bother them in the back yard.

 Pannus or chronic superficial keratitis is an immune-mediated condition affecting the cornea or clear part of the eye. It occurs primarily in middle-aged German shepherd dogs, but other breeds may also be affected.

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