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Imperforate Lacrima Punctum

Issue Description
An imperforate lacrimal punctum is a congenital disorder of dogs involving the lack of an opening to the nasolacrimal duct (tear duct) in the conjunctiva. Dogs normally have two lacrimal puncta, the superior and inferior. This condition can affect either or both.


Affected breeds include:
  • American Cocker Spaniel
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Golden Retriever
  • Poodle
  • Samoyed

  • Symptoms
    Symptoms include excessive tearing and tear staining of the hair around the eye.

    Diagnosis
    Imperforate lacrimal puncta can be corrected by surgical opening of the punctum.

    Dogs
    Horse Herd