The Norman Transcript


November 27, 2013

Reader gives dry-eye suggestion that could translate to pets

NORMAN — Dear Dr. Fox: In your recent column, E.W. of Silver Spring, Md., wrote about her Yorkie’s dry eyes. The dog had to get multiple eye drops several times a day.

I had a dry eye that felt like my eye was being shaved by a razor blade. My doctor gave me a prescription to use once an hour as needed. He also wisely told me to start taking flaxseed oil.

I started with the flaxseed oil, then switched to omega-3. I also started eating a little butter and mayonnaise (I had been on a low-fat diet). Today, I hardly ever have to use any kind of drops; I blink a number of times when I wake up, and I’m fine.

I don’t know if flaxseed oil supplements or increased fat in the diet would help a dog, but I thought I would pass this on.

— S.O., West Trenton, N.J.

Dear S.O.: I appreciate your communication regarding omega-3 fatty acid supplements helping your dry eye condition.

One of my family members has been diagnosed with dry-eye syndrome after waking up with excruciating pain in one eye. The eyelids damage the dry corneas during REM sleep.

As vegans and vegetarians, we look for non-animal sources of omega-3 essential fatty acid supplements and use Nordic Natural’s Algae Omega. I am not alone in declaring that omega-3 deficiency disease is widespread and one of the harmful consequences of industrial agriculture and the fast food and processed food industries.

I advise dog and cat owners to give their animal companions good-quality fish oil and organic butter from grass-fed cows. Based on your relief from dry eyes, those animals suffering from this condition may likewise benefit. Flaxseed oil is not the best source of omega-3 for some people and some dogs who lack certain converting enzymes. These are totally lacking in cats, for whom flaxseed oil is of no significant nutrient value.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Ceremony marks opening of community center

    A July 23 ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the addition of another feature to the Chickasaw Nation Carter service campus in Ardmore....

    July 27, 2014

  • Chickasaw Cultural Center a terrific place to visit

    SULPHUR — The Chickasaw Cultural Center is a magnificent tribute to a proud people and their storied heritage. Located an easy hour’s drive south from Norman, it’s among the finest travel destinations in Oklahoma. Set on 109 scenic acres, ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Prisoner re-entry planning for offenders with mental illness

    People leaving incarceration face a variety of challenges even without a diagnosis of mental illness. But for those who face mental health issues, re-entry into society can be troublesome. That is the topic in the first of the 2014 Fall ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Exhibit takes families on food expedition

    If your palate enjoys culinary diversity or if you’re interested in introducing new flavors to your family, join the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in tasting international delights and create your own treat during Family ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Resident makes art in new home

    There’s an old saying about a picture being “worth a thousand words,” which took on a literal meaning recently....

    July 27, 2014

  • Parents should work on themselves first

    I absolutely love it when people begin to realize that the problems they’re having with a child are of their own making; when they begin to realize, in other words, that the child is not the problem — they are. All this time (however long ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Helping cat with first veterinarian visit

    Dear Dr. Fox: A stray kitty adopted me a couple months ago and has since been tamed enough that I have found a vet to neuter him and do some much-needed dental work. My fear is that the poor boy will be so traumatized by this ordeal that ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Veterans Corner needs volunteer to drive residents to OKC VA

    Veterans Corner volunteer of the week David Sudduth has been with us for the last eight years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served during the Vietnam War. David and his wife, Carolyn, have had their home in the Newalla area ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Low-cost and free cell phone options for thrifty seniors

    Dear Savvy Senior, What are the cheapest cell phone options available today to seniors living on a shoestring budget? I only need it for occasional calls. — Seldom Calling Senior Dear Seldom, For financially challenged seniors who only ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Harrah residents at home in restored vintage camper

    Sulphur — David Wiegert was quick to help a couple of newbie campers at the Buckhorn Campground on Arbuckle Lake in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. What Dave offered was badly needed advice on setting up travel trailers, where to ...

    July 20, 2014