Call for dogs with indolent ulcers for randomized controlled clinical trial

Drs. Eric Ledbetter, DACVO, and Michele Edelmann of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA) Ophthalmology Service are evaluating the effect of adjunctive treatment with platelet rich plasma (PRP) on corneal re-epithelialization in dogs with indolent corneal ulcers.

They are seeking volunteers to participate in the treatment study. Candidates include dogs with indolent ulcers (superficial epithelial defects with no stromal involvement and loose epithelial edges). Participants must weigh more than 4.5 kg (10 lbs.).

Participants receive free diamond burr debridement treatment at the patient’s first visit, free medications and e-collar, and two free recheck appointments at two and four weeks after debridement.

Owners pay for the initial ophthalmological exam fee to determine candidacy for the study. Selected participants will spend a morning at CUHA as the visit will last approximately three hours. They will undergo a free diamond burr debridement to treat corneal ulcers. Veterinarians will collect blood from the animal from which they will produce individualized PRP for treatment. Owners must be willing to give study drugs four times daily during waking hours and to return for the free rechecks two and four weeks after the initial procedure.

Contact Dr. Michele Edelmann at with questions.
Call 607 253 3060 to schedule an appointment with the Ophthalmology Service.