How to Treat Cataracts in Dogs
Dogs can develop cataracts in the eyes, something that can blur and impair their vision. There are a number of symptoms that can help you to know if your dog has cataracts, such as a cloudy appearance in his eyes. If you think your dog has cataracts, it is important to take him to the vet to have it checked out.
At OneHowTo we want to help you improve your pet's eye health and that is why, in this article we show you how to treat cataracts in dogs.
Dogs can develop cataracts in their eyes for genetic and hereditary reasons. In addition, any breed of dog can develop this condition although Cocker Spaniels and Poodles are more likely to experience eye problems.
Generally dogs will develop cataracts in their eyes when they are older. Apart from genes and age, cataracts can occur as a result of injuries or other diseases that they suffer from such as diabetes.
To try to prevent your dog from developing cataracts in their eyes, it is important that you take care of your dog's eye health with certain steps that will help your pet to enjoy a healthy life. Below are some of our tips for taking care of your dog's eyes:
- Clean your dog's eyes daily with gauze and sterile saline solution.
- If your dog's coat is very long around the eyes, trim the area to stop the build-up of dirt and infections.
- Ensure that your dog is not going into shrubbery and bushes so that their eyes aren't being damaged by spikes or thorns.
- When they get older, get your dog's eyes checked by a vet once every 3 months
- Give your dog healthy food and avoid giving him sweet treats.
To tell if your dog has cataracts, there are a number of symptoms you should watch out for. The most common symptoms of cataracts in dog's eyes are as follows:
- Watery eyes
- Pus in the eye area
- Sensitivity to light
- The pupil turns cloudy and white
If your dog has any of these symptoms, OneHowto recommends that you take them directly to the vet so they can diagnose your pet's condition.
The only way to cure cataracts in dogs is by operating. There are other medication-based treatments but these are not effective, whereas cataract operations have a high success rate (95%). The operation does not involve any risk and it will guarantee that your dog will have better vision and enjoy full health.
In any case, your vet will always determine if a dog with cataracts needs the operation or not. Consult your vet to decide on the next step in curing your pet's condition.
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