What Are the Black Specks in My Dog's Eye?

by Tom Ryan
    Specks may appear in the colored iris of your dog's eye.

    Specks may appear in the colored iris of your dog's eye.

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    If your dog has black specks in his eye and you determine that it isn't simply debris, like dirt, he may have a degenerative condition caused by aging or an ocular disease. If you notice an irregularity like this, you should take your dog to the veterinarian for a full checkup and an official diagnosis. That way, you can be equipped with the medication that can alleviate your pet's discomfort and treat his symptoms.

    Black specks in your dog's eye, particularly in the colored iris, may indicate a degenerative condition called iris atrophy. This may be caused by old age, inflammation or even a condition, like glaucoma. This condition can be treated but not cured, and it isn't the only possible explanation for the specks in your dog's eye -- they also could be a simple genetic abnormality, as some dogs are born with abnormalities, like multiple pupils. Only your veterinarian can determine the cause and the proper course of treatment, if any.

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    About the Author

    Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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