Cataracts in dogs – causes and treatments

If you wonder what cataracts in dogs is and what you can do to treat it you accessed the right page. Here you will find some very useful information that is supposed to help you face this problem that occurred in your life and in your dog’s life too.

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The cataract is a lens in the dog’s eye that make him to have a blurry vision. This can be pretty bad if your dog lives with you in the house but also if he has an outside dog house. If the cataract is small it shouldn’t derange your dog too much, but you must know that it can become thicker and denser and they can cause blindness to your dog. So if your dog is in such a situation, you’d better monitories him closely to avoid the worse things that can happen.

Cataracts in dogs is inherited in most of the cases. But it can also develop because of an old age, or a trauma to the eye. In several cases diabetes can be a cause too. You shouldn’t establish by yourself if your dog suffers of cataracts or not, but still you must know some of the symptoms. If you realise that some of the symptoms like cloudy or bluish grey eyes happen to upset your dog you should immediately take him to the vet.

Untreated cataracts in dogs can be very dangerous. They can develop into a deep and painful inflammation in the eye that can produce permanent blindness for a dog. Do you realise how hard it should be to have a blind dog? Especially if it is full of energy. He will be willing to play, to run and jump but he won’t be able to see the obstacles and he may injury. Not to talk about the fact that you can’t leave him walk free into the house without surveillance because it can be really dangerous for him and expensive for you because he might run into things he isn’t allow to play with, but as he can’t see any longer, he might not be able that the object can be dangerous for him.

Your vet might recommend you to visit a veterinary ophthalmologist to determine how bad the situation is and what you can do to treat your dog. Take his advice and do whatever is necessary to give your dog the vision he used to have before getting sick. Can you imagine yourself managing your housework without seeing? It’s the same thing about dogs. A dog’s life in blindness can be very sad and painful.

Here are some advices to follow if you want to prevent cataracts in dogs:

  • Take your dog to the vet if you see that he has any troubles seeing;
  • Take your dog to the vet if you observe that your dog’s eyes are cloudy or bluish grey;
  • If you know that your dog suffers from diabetes od had an eye trauma, regularly examine your dog’s eyes.
  • If any of the signs appeared, check if possible your dog’s history to find out if his parents also suffered of cataracts or not.

Your dog can be treated by cataracts only by surgery. But don’t worry, most of these surgeries are successful, and the worse things can’t happen to you. Your dog will be able to see again and you will live a happy life together for years on!