A survey has been commissioned for vets by Bayer Animal Health to investigate the topic of ocular health and treatment in small animal practice.

Cats Eye” by Tim Felce. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

All participants who participate in the online survey have the chance to be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad mini.

Forming part of the Remend “Vision Matters” campaign, the survey aims to gain insight into the experience of diagnosing and treating ocular health problems in cats, dogs and horses.

Including reference to specific conditions such as dry eye and corneal ulcers, the survey will identify the common challenges encountered and enable vets to comment on their own levels of confidence in this specific area of medicine.

Alongside this, a broader survey of cat, dog and horse owners will be carried out among the public. The combined effort of the surveys will mean the topic is analysed from multiple perspectives, helping to identify effective ways vets can achieve greater compliance for their patients with ocular conditions.

Group product manager Vicky McAlister said: “Ocular health problems present a unique set of considerations for both vets and pet owners, with owner compliance being a huge part of successful management of dry eye in dogs. This can be a real issue if owners struggle to achieve the recommended frequency of therapy administration.

“From the results of these surveys we hope to learn more about the specific challenges of treating ocular conditions in pets by collecting opinions from both sides of the consultation table. We will then use this information to help support vets and pet owners in identifying ocular conditions and the appropriate management options.”

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