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westieexamTrial for West Highland White Terrier dogs with normal eyes, or dry eye syndrome

Dry eye syndrome in the West Highland White Terrier dog

Purpose and Brief Study Description:

Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) is a devastating disease that can cause ocular pain and potential blindness. It is seen more frequently in West Highland White Terriers (WHWTs) in comparison to other breeds.


This study is investigating if there is an identifiable genetic component of dry eye syndrome in Westies.

Enrollment Criteria:
To participate in this trial, a dog must be a West Highland White Terrier with dry eye syndrome, or a West Highland White Terrier with NO ocular abnormalities that is at least 8 years old.

What does enrollment into this trial involve?

When enrolled, your dog will receive a thorough eye exam and a tear film test. Blood will also be collected for DNA analysis.

Client Compensation:

Enrollment into this trial covers all costs of the eye exam, tear test, and blood collection.

Contact Information:

Please contact Misty Bear, Clinical Trials Coordinator, for more information:

Phone: (785)532-3046; email: ClinicalTrials@vet.k-state.edu