Cataracts in dogs are a very common occurrence with our canine friends. Several kinds of cataracts exist and the causes are few and far between. However, cataracts in dogs can be treated to help him or her live life a little better. Watch the video below to see our testimonial from Dr. Elizabette Cohen who has been practising high quality medicine and surgery in New York since 1988.
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A cataract is when the protein of the lens inside the eye becomes slightly decayed, causing a blurry opacity to form. Some cataracts in dogs can be so small that it does not hurt the animal’s vision, or some can be big enough to cause blindness, glaucoma, and uveitis. Several kinds of cataracts in dogs exist: an incipient cataract, immature cataract, and mature cataracts.
An incipient cataract is the least significant form of a cataract. In fact humans cannot tell if it harms the dog’s vision or not. Most veterinarians believe it rarely affects the dog’s vision at all. The second kind of cataract is immature cataracts. This kind only covers a portion of the dog’s eye and will affect the animal’s eyesight. If not treated in time, the immature cataract may develop into a mature cataract, covering the dog’s eye entirely. These kinds of cataracts in dogs can also be known as the “stages” of the disease. When one occurs others will follow.
The main causes of cataracts in dogs are: diabetes, heredity, and trauma. Like humans dogs can obtain diabetes but the most common way is from birth. Depending on the breed of dog, some dogs will develop the disease quicker than others if it is passed on by heredity. For example, a German Sheppard may form a cataract at an early age of eight weeks, whereas a standard poodle will take about a year to notice anything. Trauma such as car accidents, shotgun pellets, or simply a thorn may cause a cataract so, it is important to see a veterinarian as soon as possible whenever events may occur.
Treatment for cataracts in dogs is normally surgery, which is a very delicate process. In the surgery, the lens inside the eye is removed via surgical incision. Then some gel and specific liquids are added until an artificial lens is inserted.
Sometimes cataracts in dogs are confused with another disease called nuclear sclerosis. Nuclear sclerosis is a disorder that forms in a dog’s eye from old age that looks similar to a cataract. However nuclear sclerosis does not affect the dog’s vision at all. In order to tell if a dog has a cataract or nuclear sclerosis a veterinarian may be able to tell the difference.
are a very serious matter, which should be taken care of as soon as possible. They can develop in any breed and can be taken care of. The sooner a cataract is noticed the easier it will be to save the dog’s eyesight.
Author: Peter Aldred
Cataracts In Dogs