Dogs with Cataracts

Your pet dog can’t tell you that he or she has eye problems but when it comes to cataracts, you should be able to see because the lens becomes opaque. To be fair, the spot may be very small; certainly in the early stages when there will be no effect on your pet’s vision. Unfortunately, the small spot can grow to affect the whole of the lens at which point your dog’s vision will be blurred, and ultimately lost.

If untreated a mature cataract can reduce due to loss of water and protein but the lens will deteriorate further; shriveling and wrinkling will occur.

Just human eyesight deteriorates with age, and cataracts are more common, dogs suffer in a similar way. A dog’s lens can become greyish without it being a cataract. If in doubt, you should visit the vet.

Cataracts are more common in some breeds than others and as in humans, can be a result of diabetes. They can also be a result of trauma and nutritional deficiencies. Whatever the cause, you obviously want the best for your dog and health is top of a list of priorities.

There is no treatment to reverse the problem totally but that is not to say the only alternative is an immediate operation to remove the lens. Surgery is both complex and expensive. It is not the everyday procedure done for humans, and even for humans there can be better solutions to the problem. You may have an insurance policy for your dog but often that will not include cataracts so you will face the whole cost of any procedure.

There can be inflammation of the eyes after surgery and of course, it is not possible to exactly replicate the original lens. In some cases, glaucoma, scar tissue or lens detachment reduce the vision your dog had previously.  There is no way back if that happens, short of perhaps another expensive procedure.

The important thing is that you get your pet a regular health check and that can identify any problems at a very early stage. In the case of cataracts, which are more common in older dogs, surgery is riskier in older dogs so you should consider the forms of treatment that will be safer, and certainly far less expensive. Take for example the success of eye drops that have had an impressive success rate in dealing with eye problems in pets.

Think of the benefits, not least the fact that they are stress-free. Surgery is a worrying time for humans and their pets, and it can be costly as well. Natural products have proved to be successful as well as having general health benefits for dogs, and other pets. They can shrink cataracts that are in their early stage and over a period of weeks can improve your dog’s vision and quality of life. Eye drops are widely available on

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