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Old 06-13-2011, 12:33 PM
 
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Default How to rid dog of his eye cataracts?

My dog is 13, and he's already beginning to get cataracts in his eyes, but more so in left eye than his right. I know there's surgery but it can be costly.

Do you know of any natural ways to maybe get rid of the cataracts or at least slow down the progression of it?

I read this about giving your dog Flaxseed oil and MSM.
Would this help?- Non-Surgical Cataract Treatment
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Old 06-13-2011, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Rural Western TN
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once cataracts are present theres not a natural treatment in the world that will make them go away, flax and beta carrotein can slow progression of the cataracts, but they wont stop progression or cure it...

the good news is, most dogs do just fine without their eye sight, unlike people they adapt much easier to these so called "disabilities"

just make sure to watch him on steps, and dont move the furniture in the house about...hes got a very clear picture in his head of what each room looks like and if you move things he has to relearn by bumping.

depending on the severity of his cataracts he likely still has some clouded or shadowed vision.
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Old 06-13-2011, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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Have they been diagnosed???

My elder dog has "cloudy eyes" but they are not cataracts, just old age stuff.
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:09 PM
 
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You can't, but they adapt.

You should take him to a veterinary eye specialist though - my dog had what looked like cataracts for years but was actually corneal edema, and required medication twice a day. She did fine with it but it would have gotten worse without the medication. Eventually she did develop cataracts as well.
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:12 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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There are more than one type of cataract...some treatable, some not. Unless your dog has been diagnosed by a veterinarian (or veterinary opthamologist) I am guessing what you're seeing is "lenticular sclerosis" which is quite common in older dogs, gives them "cloudy" looking eyes but does not affect vision.

I've fostered several (five) blind dogs, BTW, and as foxy says, they adjust amazingly well to being sightless or having impaired vision. I'd allow a senior dog of mine to lose vision rather than subject it to surgery or a lot of procedures, personally, as long as the condition wasn't painful or distressing to the dog. I sure as **** would not be dropping vegetable oil or anything else into my dog's eyes without some very convincing and expert evidence that it was a good idea!

Has your dog been seen by a vet for this? My last elderly dog had lenticular sclerosis, was not a big deal at all. According to my vet (and this link I just found) it's a more common reason for cloudy eyes than cataracts:

Cataracts: How to uncover the imposter lenticular sclerosis - DVM
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:48 PM
 
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Dogs manage quite well with cataracts. Remember, dogs do not rely on vision as their main source of environmental information. People often put their own fear of blindness onto a dog...don't worry, your dog will be okay.
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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My WGSD had a treatable type of cataract. She took drops in her eyes daily. she even started up with dry eye problems as well. There we were with two eye drops in her eyes. It didn't clear up the problem but it didn't get worse either. So I STRONGLY suggest going to the vet. My baby wasn't seeing like a pup but she did fine and we both got use to the eye drops.

I have known several dogs who were blind due to many reasons and they did great! So not to worry as everyone else has said 'they do just fine'. Dog adapt to ills 1000 fold better then most humans do.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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My dog is 13, and he's already beginning to get cataracts in his eyes, but more so in left eye than his right. I know there's surgery but it can be costly.

Do you know of any natural ways to maybe get rid of the cataracts or at least slow down the progression of it?

I read this about giving your dog Flaxseed oil and MSM.
Would this help?- Non-Surgical Cataract Treatment
Have you had your dog evaluated by a K-9 opthomologist? That would be my first step.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:55 AM
 
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