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Ophthalmologic

This is an eye condition.

Macular Corneal Dystrophy, MCD

What is MCD?

This condition causes abnormal corneal accumulation of complex carbohydrates called glycosaminoglycans. The cornea is the surface of the eye.

What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?

You will notice the surface of your dog's eyes becoming cloudy. They may or may not have trouble with vision: bumping into walls, hesitant on steps, and cautious in unfamiliar locations.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

This is a disease of middle aged dogs.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

Veterinarians perform a complete ocular exam and also genetic testing to diagnose this condition.

How is this condition treated?

Currently there is no cure for canine MCD, though in humans, a corneal transplant is the gold standard of treatment.

What actions should I take if my dog is affected?

  • Carefully monitor your dog's vision.
  • With blind dogs, keeping furniture in the same location, making sure they are on a leash in unfamiliar territory, and training them to understand verbal commands are some of the ways to help them at home.