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Anthony Alario

DVM, DACVO
Anthony Alario
Veterinary Specialist
Ophthalmology
Availability: Monday - Thursday
Anthony Alario

At a Glance

Practicing Since:

2010

Board Certified:

Ophthalmology

My Pets:

Cheezit & Vicki - Dogs
Orange Man & Ninja - Cat
2 Horses 
40 Chickens

Dr. Anthony Alario received his B.S. degree in 2006 from Rutgers, The State University of NJ before attending Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 2010, he remained at Tufts University to complete a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery followed by a three year residency in comparative ophthalmology. During his eight years at Tufts University, Dr. Alario published nine peer-reviewed articles in the field of veterinary ophthalmology, seven as a first author. During that time he has also given many lectures to veterinary students and veterinarians on the topic of veterinary ophthalmology. Much of Dr. Alario’s research is in the field of non-invasive imaging techniques of the eye; however, he has a strong interest in glaucoma and diseases of the lens as well.

What Dr. Alario enjoys most about ophthalmology is the variety of species he has the opportunity to work with and the many unique ocular adaptations each animal has developed. He also has a specific interest in ophthalmic surgery and methods of improving visual outcome from surgical disease. Dr. Alario performs many ocular surgeries, including cataract surgery, lens extractions, corneal transplants, conjunctival grafting procedures for complicated corneal ulcers and various eyelid surgeries.

Dr. Alario lives with his better half, also a veterinarian, and their young son Connor. They share their home with four cats and two dogs, Capone and Vicki. The whole family loves the outdoors and hiking. Dr. Alario also has a particular interest in photography and is eager to explore his new backdrop in NH.

Ophthalmology

What Is A Veterinary Ophthalmologist?

A veterinary ophthalmologist is a doctor who specializes in diseases that can affect your pet's eye and vision. A veterinary ophthalmologist is also equipped to diagnose and treat diseases that affect the structures surrounding the eye, such as the eyelids, conjunctiva, and some of the bones of the skull that comprise the eye socket. A veterinary ophthalmologist will combine medical and surgical treatments in order to most effectively treat your pet's eye problem.

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many routine eye conditions, certain diseases and injuries require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in veterinary ophthalmology in order to provide the very best outcome for your pet.

Pet eye diseases that you may be familiar with as a result of your own visits to a human ophthalmologist include cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachments, and corneal ulcers.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Ophthalmologist?

While your general practitioner veterinarian can handle many aspects of your pet's care, just as in human medicine, sometimes there is a need for the attention of a specialist. If your pet has a complicated or difficult problem, your pet may need the care of a veterinary ophthalmologist. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer you and your pet for more specialized diagnostic work or treatment is one that is caring and committed to ensuring your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her problem.

While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with a specialist about your pet's care, in other cases it is necessary to actually refer you and your pet to the specialist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment, including surgery.

What Special Problems Does A Veterinary Ophthalmologist Treat?

Routine eye matters can frequently be handled by your general practitioner veterinarian. The conditions listed below, however, frequently require the attention of a specialist.

  • Cataracts
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Entropion
  • Glaucoma
  • Prolapsed gland of the nictitans (cherry eye)
  • Uveitis
  • Lens luxation
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye)
  • Herpetic Keratitis in Cats
  • Proliferative Keratoconjunctivitis in Cats

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

Your veterinary ophthalmologist will work together with your veterinarian as part of your pet's total veterinary health care team. Your general practitioner veterinarian will still oversee all aspects of your pet's care, but with the added, specialized input of a veterinary ophthalmologist. For example, if a veterinary ophthalmologist ultimately diagnoses diabetes in your pet as a result of an eye examination for cataracts, that information will be relayed back to your general practitioner veterinarian, who will treat your pet's diabetes. The additional input of the veterinary ophthalmologist will be called upon as needed as your veterinarian manages your pet's illness.

Did You Know?

  • Do you know why your pet's eyes seem to glow when caught in the light at night? It's because of a specialized structure called a tapetum. Most animals that are active at night have this special, additional layer underneath their retina. This reflective structure acts like a mirror, and reflects light back through your pet's retina to enhance night vision.
  • Do dogs see only in black and white? While we can't ask them, most veterinary ophthalmologists now believe that dogs see colors similarly to how a color blind human would perceive them: Not only in black and white, but with a limited scale of colors.

Does your cat or dog need a veterinary ophthalmologist?

Please feel free to call our Ophthalmology Department at any time for further information or to arrange a consultation.

Our Ophthalmology Team

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VCA Capital Area Veterinary Emergency and Specialty

1 Intervale Road

Concord, NH 03301

Main: 603-227-1199

Fax: 603-227-0666

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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