There are four different types of cataracts for dogs:
1. Congenital cataracts
This is a type of cataract which is present at birth. Symptoms are already imminent when the puppies are about 5 weeks old. Cataracts have the tendency to develop rapidly and in just a matter of weeks but sometimes the onset can be slower and will take several years to develop. Cataract can appear in just one eye or in both eyes.
2. Traumatic cataracts
This is a type of cataract that develops when a person is involved in a car accident, hit by a shotgun pellet, the penetration of something like a thorn in the eye, a sharp splinter of metal or any object which leads to damage of the eye and its lens.
3. Senile cataracts
This is a type of cataract which is present in older dogs who are over 6 years of age. Although cataracts do occur slightly less in older dogs than they do in older humans.
4. Developmental cataracts
This is the type of cataract which develops right at the early stage of a dog’s life. This can either be caused by another inherent medical condition or disease such as an infection, nutritional deficiencies, toxins or diabetes, or it can be inherited hereditarily as well.
Cataracts For Dogs – Treatment
When it comes to cataract treatments for dogs, there are a variety of different options to choose from. It mainly depends on the type of cataract that a dog has and how severe it is.
A small cataract found on your dog’s eyes is not life-threatening, nor will it really hamper your dog’s vision excessively. However, for a more mature cataract, it will require treatment as it will, more than likely, soon start impeding your dog’s vision and, if left untreated, will ultimately lead to complete blindness.
In order to get the right treatment, it is advisable to discuss it with your veterinarian who will then probably refer you to an eye expert – like a canine ophthalmologist for example.
For cataracts that occur due to diabetes, this can be cured through the use of medicated eye drops. However, in some cases it may require undergoing surgery. Also it is advisable to treat the diabetes as well and Ethos élan Vital for Pets is one of the most effective treatments for diabetes available.
Cataracts For Dogs – Surgery
One thing that you should be happy about, when it comes to cataracts surgery for dogs, the success rate is very high. However, cataract surgery can be very costly which can unfortunately make it prohibitive for many people. This is because the equipment used, as well as the procedure itself, are very similar to those that are used in cataract surgery for humans.
Usually dogs with cataracts will experience little or no pain from the operation. They can often go home directly after the surgery has been completed. In order for your dog to have a safe and full recovery after the operation, you must follow the post-care instructions given you to the letter.
Prepare yourself for possible health complications that might occur right after cataract surgery such as bleeding, glaucoma, inflammation, retinal detachment or excessive scar tissue. Regarding these complications, your veterinarian will discuss them with you in full detail and will explain how best to watch out for each of these complications and how you can help to minimise the possibilities of any of them actually occurring.
Cataracts For Dogs – Tips
The effect cataracts has on your dog is that its vision will be impaired and, if not treated, it will lead to vision loss and ultimately blindness. However, you need not worry too much because dogs can adapt quite easily and quickly to their environment even if they are blind. One very good tip, if your dog does suddenly go blind, is to use different scents to mark different areas in the house. Use one scent at the edges of the walls, another scent across the bottom of doorways and another sent at the top and bottom of stairs. You’ll be amazed at how soon a blind dog will learn this and then will be able to navigate around the house unimpeded. Remember, a dogs sense of smell is one of its strongest senses so blindness is thankfully a lot less debilitating for a dog than for a human.
At the end of the day, it is highly advisable to keep your dog’s eyesight healthy and watch closely for any symptoms of cataracts in the future. The sooner cataracts is diagnosed the easier it is to treat with Bright Eyes Drops for Pet’s Cataracts. These are the non-invasive natural alternative to cataracts surgery and you can administer them to your dog, in the comfort of your own home, without even needing to visit your veterinarian at all. You can also order them online without the need for a veterinarian’s prescription. Dr Elizabette Cohen, the WCBS880 News Rdio Pet Vet in New York City, wholeheartedly endorses Ethos Bright Eyes Drops for pets cataracts after seeing amazing the results on her own dog Allie. You can review her video testimonial here.
Author: Peter Aldred