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    Cataracts in Dogs

    I know there are plenty of dog people here so I thought I see if any of you have experience with using eye drops for cataract treatment in your dog(s)? One of my dogs is developing cataracts. On my last vet visit the vet pointed them out and she doesn't think my dog has diabetes so they likely are not diabetes related. She thinks they are likely related to her age which is now closing on 10 years old.

    I've looked into surgery and assuming my setter would benefit from surgery I really don't have the money. In my reading I've found that there are eye drops that some people claim are working. Supposedly there was a study done using dogs and the drops showed improvements. So if you have used eye drops for your dog and they worked what drops did you use?


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    I donít have experience with that, although Iíve seen those stories. Let us know how it goes, though, if you try it. Iíve watched a few dogs develop cataracts, unfortunately.

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    First question is, are they really cataracts? Sounds like your vet is hedging, which could be a sign its time to find a new vet. The vastly more common reason for age related eye/lens changes is lenticular sclerosis, a normal aging change that rarely is a problem, but can occasionally be dense enough to affect vision. Diagnosing true cataracts is actually quite easy. Might be time for a second opinion, or even an exam with a veterinary ophthalmologist.

    To answer your question, it depends on what is actually going on. If they truly are cataracts, drops wont directly help the cataracts, but can reduce the low grade inflammation associated with cataracts that can lead to glaucoma and blindness. Diabetes is one of the easiest diagnoses to make/rule out, so there should be any beating around the bush about that.

    All that said, late stage lenticular sclerosis can become dense enough to effect vision, and surgery can correct it, but is not usually necessary. Just don't let your dog drive at night ( had to take my mother's car keys because she insisted at driving at night, and oncoming head lights blurred he vision so much to be nearly blind, but did fine during the day...she had sclerosis, not cataracts.)

    I agree it is a constitutional right for Americans to be assholes...its just too bad that so many take the opportunity...
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    I actually tried using goggles once with my lab when she was in her prime hunting days though they were clear lenses. I used to have to take her to the vet at least once a year for eye injuries because she hunted so hard heavy cover. The experiment lasted about 10 seconds as she was not going to wear them. Instead I would just wash her eyes at the end of the hunt and try to clean them out best I could. As she slowed down the issue went away.


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    I wish my husky would wear doggles. Vet told me he had juvenile cataracts when he was young. He's 9 now and is fairly blind. Since he's been that way since he was young most people barely notice until you bounce a ball or watch him load into my truck(have to tap tailgate and he knows where to jump.)Click image for larger version. 

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    I doubt it would have made a difference. Nearly blind dogs are pretty near normal dogs, as you have noticed. Just gettin a seeing eye person.

    I agree it is a constitutional right for Americans to be assholes...its just too bad that so many take the opportunity...
    iscariot

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    Quote Originally Posted by hutash View Post
    I doubt it would have made a difference. Nearly blind dogs are pretty near normal dogs, as you have noticed. Just gettin a seeing eye person.
    Haha. Definitely. I was joking because doggles just make me laugh in a good way.

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