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Pesquisa Veterinária Brasileira

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HVENEGAARD, Ana Paula et al. Retrospective study on clinical management of indolent ulcers in Boxer dogs. Pesq. Vet. Bras. [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.10, pp.910-915. ISSN 0100-736X.

Indolent ulcers are superficial corneal ulcers secondary to several changes on the corneal surface. They are frequently observed in middle-aged Boxer dogs, cause pain of acute onset and requires appropriate treatment. Aiming to evaluate the efficacy of clinical managements on the rate of healing of indolent ulcers, a retrospective study was conducted (1997-2008). Results demonstrated that proteinase inhibitors were the most often prescribed medication, and its administration did not interfere on the healing rate, as well as observed in dogs that received 1% atropine, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs. Healing was delayed in dogs administered orally with vitamin C, but the healing process was faster on those dogs that went through corneal debridement/cauterization. In conclusion, to know the various types of treatments seems to be fundamental for the rapid resolution of the disease. It is suggested that debridement/cauterization, administration of proteinase inhibitor eye drops, prophylactic topical antibiotics and oral vitamin C, should be considered as an effective clinical management for indolent ulcers in Boxer dogs.

Keywords : Indolent ulcers; Boxer dogs; treatment; proteinase inhibitors; vitamin C; debridement [cauterization]; dogs.

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