Local service dogs get free care from eye doctor


The Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services in Langhorne helped area service dogs by giving eye examinations to dogs owned by people in Montgomery County.


Dr. Robert Peiffer, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist at CARES (www.vetcares.com) donated his expertise to the animals. His patients included guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs, search and rescue dogs and other service animals.


The facility examined at least 15 dogs this month. Debra Jordan brought in her dog, Flirt, from their West Conshohocken home to be examined. And Innis, who helps her Philadelphia owner live daily life in a wheelchair, also was given a thorough eye exam by Dr. Peiffer and his team.


The team is vigilant for symptoms of eye problems. Dr. Peiffer’s tips for eye health for pets include:


•             Eyes are extremely sensitive and an expeditious diagnosis and aggressive management can be the difference between a blind and visual eye. If signs of ocular disease are present (squinting, tearing, , visual deterioration, abnormal appearance including swelling, redness, or cloudiness ) owners should not delay in taking their dog to the veterinarian.

•             Don't let your dog hang its head out of the window when you are driving.

•             Clean ocular discharge with a warm, wet wash cloth.

•             Do not use eye medications prescribed for a previous eye problem for a new eye problem.

•             When buying a pure bred dog, ask if the parents have had their eyes certified by an ophthalmologist.