Pricing for surgery on an ulcerated eye depends on several factors such as the severity of the dog’s condition, the complexity of the procedure, any additional medical care and the area in which you live.
Cost of dog eye ulcer surgery
In the US, simple eye surgery procedures have an average cost of $200. Complex surgeries like cataract removal could cost upwards of $2500 for one eye and approximately $3000 or more for both eyes.
In the UK, initial consultations cost between £150 and £250. Surgery costs around £350 for simple procedures, rising all the way to £2000 for surgeries like corneal grafting. A dislocated lens surgery could cost £3000 or more.
Additional treatment such as bloodwork, ultrasounds and any necessary hospital stay will also add to the final cost.
How do I know if my dog’s eye ulcer is healing?
The only true way of determining if your dog’s eye ulcer is healing is to have them examined by a veterinarian. the vet will use fluorescein dye and a blue light to view the ulcer more clearly.
During the healing process, tiny blood vessels will form over the cornea to aid healing. This is a good sign that your dog’s eye ulcer is getting better. There are normally no blood vessels over the cornea, so if they remain after the ulcer has healed, the veterinarian may prescribe corticosteroids to reduce them.
How can I help my dog with an eye ulcer?
The first thing you should do is get an Elizabethan collar for your dog. This will stop them paw at or rubbing their eye, as this will prevent the healing from progressing.
Your veterinarian may also prescribe drops to be administered at home. This should be an easy task, simply applying one or two drops of the medication to each eye. Not all dogs will sit still for this, but it will help the ulcer to heal faster.
Ensure your home is dust free to prevent dirt or bacteria getting into your dog’s eye. An infection can worsen your dog’s eye condition and will mean a considerably longer healing process.
To prevent your dog from getting ulcers again in the future, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, keep your lawn trimmed short as running through long grass can cause damage to the eye and lead to an ulcer.
If your dog is a working dog and therefore cannot avoid heavy vegetation, you should invest in a pair of dog goggles to protect their eyes.
Stick to the prescribed medication, even if the eye starts to look better. Chances are the ulcer is still present, just less visible. The full course of treatment must be administered and your vet will likely request a follow-up consultation.