Let’s Get Corney

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” – Martin Buber

You’ve taken your pet in to see the veterinary clinic and are told your loved one has a corneal abrasion.

What does that mean?

Well, a corneal abrasion is when the outer layer of the eyeball (the cornea) gets scratched or punctured (ulcers). Your veterinarian can use tools and techniques such as:

  • A fluorescein Dye Test – A neon green stain that attaches to the layers below the cornea, allowing doctors to see holes and scratches.
  • A Schirmer Tear Test – This test tells doctors what each eye’s ability to produce tears looks like.
  • An Ophthalmoscope – This hand-held tool has a lens that allows doctors to look closely at the eye.

Common causes?

  • Foreign bodies: like sticks, stones, dirt.
  • Entropion: this is when the eyelids turn in, towards the eyeball. Which also causes the eyelashes to turn in and scratch the surface.
  • Trauma: can be caused by nails while scratching or playing.
  • Dry eye: a lack of eye lubrication can cause scratches along the cornea.

Not to fear, with the right amount of care and time, your pet’s eyes can continue to sparkle.

Written by Rachael Russell, Veterinary Technician

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, and more! If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
- Friday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Aurora Animal Clinic