September 16, 2010

Does your dog have cataract?

Filed under: dog cataract — Dr. Amber Reed @ 10:07 am

dog cataracts symptomsAs far as eye problems go, cataracts in dogs are among the most common.  Cataracts can affect any age or breed of dog and there are a wide range of types and causes of cataracts in dogs.  Despite the relatively high prevalence of cataracts in dogs, there is still a lot to learn about the disease.  Most cases of cataracts can be treated but only by surgery, which tends to be highly effective.

Cataracts occur when the arrangement of lens fibers and their capsules become disrupted resulting in poor vision.  A dog’s lens is normally transparent but when cataracts appear they interfere with the passage of light through the eye leading to partial or total blindness.  Cataracts in dogs look like opaque white spots on the lens of the eye, but can also resemble crushed ice.

Cataracts in dogs result from the malfunctioning of a particular eye system.  Unlike most of a dog’s body, the lens of the eye is actually maintained in a dehydrated condition that is approximately two thirds water and one third proteins.  Your dog’s eye contains a physiological system that attempts to keep this balance but when this system fails and excess water enters the lens along with excess insoluble protein.  This biochemical imbalance ultimately results in the formation of cataracts.

Dogs can develop cataracts at any age and there are generally three types of cataracts.  Congenital cataracts are present at birth; developmental cataracts arise early in life and are often associated with other illnesses like diabetes; and senile cataracts arise late in life.  Furthermore, there are some breeds of dogs that can inherit cataracts.  Afghan Hounds, Boston Terriers, Golden Retrievers, and Standard Poodles are just a few of the breeds that are predisposed to cataracts.

Treating cataracts in dogs is restricted to surgery.  Your veterinarian will remove all or part of the affected lens to restore site.  While this treatment is not always effective, it has shown a very good success rate for treating cataracts in dogs.

January 18, 2010

Does Your Dog Have Cataract?

Filed under: blind dogs,cataract in dogs,dog blindness,dog cataract — Dr. Amber Reed @ 9:30 am

Cataract in CatsAt some point or another we’ve all heard about cataracts. In most cases, our parents or grandparents have been diagnosed with cataracts and likely required surgery to repair the condition. What might shock you to learn is that dogs can also suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are one of the most common eye diseases in dogs and they can affect any breed at any age.

Dog cataracts are caused by the degradation of fibres in the lens of the eye. Most commonly a genetic condition, cataracts may either be congenital, meaning the condition is present from birth, or early onset, meaning the condition develops at a young age. While some breeds are at a higher risk for inheriting cataracts (namely Cocker Spaniels, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Labs, Siberian Huskies, Standard Poodles, Boston Terriers, and Mini Schnauzers), the fact remains that cataracts can be developed by any breed of dog. Indeed, other conditions have been known to lead to cataracts and even poisons, trauma, or infections can cause cataracts. Furthermore, certain medical conditions like diabetes can also increase the likelihood that your dog will suffer from cataracts.

Luckily, there are treatment options available for dogs with cataracts. For the most part, surgical repair or replacement of the lens will be required to restore you dog’s vision but the treatment is not 100% effective. Unfortunately, while the surgery can vastly improve your dog’s eyesight there is no current treatment to restore vision completely. Moreover, the cost of cataract surgery for dogs can be prohibitively high but because of its importance for maintaining your dog’s quality of life it should not be avoided. If you suspect your dog is suffering from cataracts, speak to your veterinarian about treatment options. Dog cataracts are a natural and relatively common eye disease and despite surgery as the primary treatment option, the condition can be managed.

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