Dog Health: Cataracts

Dog | Cataracts

An Introduction to Cataracts

Cataracts affect the lens of the eye.  There is a lens inside each eyeball.  The lens is used to focus an image, hence it’s very important for vision.

A cataract occurs when the lens becomes opaque and your dog can no longer see through it – subsequently their vision is impaired.

Causes of Cataracts

There are a number of reasons why a dog will develop a cataract.  The most common are:

- Secondary to diabetes

- Congenital

- Age related

- Secondary to traumatic injury

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Symptoms of Cataracts

The most common reason an owner is worried that their dog may have a cataract is because they notice one or both eyes appear cloudy or ‘milky’. 

Dogs with cataracts will show signs of poor vision or vision loss.  The onset of blindness may be acute or chronic.

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Treatment of Cataracts

If you are worried about your dog’s vision, or if his eye(s) appear cloudy, take him to the Veterinarian promptly.  It’s very important to take any concerns relating to the eyes seriously.

There are other conditions that could cause these symptoms.  Your Vet will be able to promptly diagnose the problem once they have...
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