How To Treat Cataracts In Dogs EFFICIENTLY? Conventional And Natural Options!

Authored byVeronic Fournier - Jun 9, 2020

 

Are your dog’s eyes starting to go cloudy with a whitish tint, just like my old dog Kiwi? It’s possible that these are canine cataracts.

 

In fact, just like in humans, cataracts in dogs affect the eyes and impair vision.

 

Eye health is very important, as you can imagine. So, I invite you to read this article to help you be better equipped to recognize cataracts in dogs.

 

In addition, we offer our advice on what treatment can be given to care for a dog with cataracts or cloudy eyes.

 

 

What causes cataracts in dogs?

 

As you may know, cataracts are, by definition, a clouding of the crystalline lens. This is caused by a change in the proteins inside the eye.

 

The crystalline is a small oval sphere, like a soccer ball, inside the eye, which acts as a lens. Its role is to concentrate the light before it is projected onto the retina, which then transmits the image to the brain via the optic nerve.

 

When a dog develops a cataract, the crystalline loses its transparency and the light can no longer reach the retina as effectively, causing what is called a vision disorder.

 

So, we now understand roughly the process that causes cataracts, but why do these changes in the crystalline proteins happen?

 

Among the most frequent causes of cataracts in dogs, we find advanced age and heredity.

 

Advanced age

 

Dogs over the age of seven are more likely to develop cataracts than younger dogs. We call these senile cataracts.

 

These cataracts usually develop rather slowly, and vision loss is gradual, so dogs get used to it for the most part and compensate with their other senses.

 

Heredity

 

Some purebred dogs are genetically predisposed to develop cataracts at an early age. I am thinking for example of Poodles, Siberian huskies and Yorkshires. For these dogs, monitoring their vision is therefore important.

 

Inflammation of the eye

 

Retinal disease, shock or trauma to the eyeball can be a precursor to the development of cataracts. In short, any cause of eye inflammation can lead to the development of cataracts in the future.

 

Diabetic cataracts in dogs

 

Normally, a healthy dog has enough insulin (hormone) to carry the glucose from digestion to the cells of its body.

 

However, a dog with diabetes does not have enough insulin to do this crucial work, and therefore, glucose builds up in the blood.

 

This accumulation of glucose in turn causes changes in the crystalline, among other things. The crystalline becomes waterlogged, causing cataracts, which are usually fast-growing.

 

Most dogs with diabetes, even if it is well-controlled, will develop cataracts and will go blind. This reminds me of my friend’s dog who has diabetes and who is now blind.

 

 

What are the symptoms of cataracts in dogs?

 

The main signs of cataracts in dogs are classic and easily recognizable. They include:

 

  • Whitish pupil (center of the eye), cloudy eyes
  • Difficulty finding a treat (needs to smell it instead of seeing it)
  • Hesitating in front of the stairs or to climb on the couch
  • Banging into furniture
  • Behavioral changes: calmer, staying close to its master or becoming aggressive

 

 

How do you know if your dog has cataracts?

 

Two of the early signs of cataracts in dogs are increased sensitivity to light and a whitish reflection in the pupils.

 

That said, many people confuse this cloudiness in the dog's eyes with a very common phenomenon, one that is very normal in older dogs; nuclear sclerosis.

 

It is therefore important to consult a vet if you start to observe a change in color in your dog's eyes. Only an experienced professional can effectively diagnose a cataract.

 

 

How to treat cataracts in dogs?

 

The treatment of cataracts for dogs will depend firstly on the underlying cause.

 

If, for example, your dog has diabetes or an eye infection, it will be important to make sure that these conditions are under control before moving on to another treatment step.

 

Ultimately, your vet may recommend surgery to treat cataracts as well as eye drops.

 

 

Cataract surgery for dogs

 

This surgery involves removing the crystalline and replacing it with an implant. It’s considered only when it can restore vision to a healthy dog, or relieve pain, as it is invasive and costly.

 

Talk to your vet to see if your pet is a candidate for this surgery.

 

If a cataract does not cause inflammation or glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye) and the loss of sight is the only consequence, it is reasonable not to consider surgery.

 

However, some dogs become very anxious or even aggressive when blind. The decision for surgery is therefore on a case-by-case basis and is up to you.

 

I invite you to keep reading below for a natural solution to help your dog in case of cataracts.

 

The cost of cataract surgery for dogs

 

Prices range from $2,700 to $4,000, depending, among other things, on the surgical technique used.

 

It’s a surgery that will be performed by an ophthalmology specialist and for this reason, prices can easily reach several thousand dollars.

 

Eye drops

 

You should know that, following this surgery, the animal will have to receive eye drops to reduce inflammation in the eyes for several months.

 

If you choose to let nature take its course, it’s also very likely that your pet will require anti-inflammatory eye drops in the advanced stages of this condition.

 

Certain eye drops have been placed on the market stating that they can dissolve cataracts. These drops have had some beneficial effects on the eye, but have proven not to dissolve cataracts as promised.

 

In short, there are no miracle eye drops that will make cataracts disappear.

 

On the other hand, there is a natural treatment for caring for a dog with cataracts.

 

 

Dog cataracts natural treatments

Are you looking for a dog cataracts treatment without surgery? Or maybe a dog cloudy eye home remedy?

 

As promised, we have prepared a list of natural options that you can use to care for your dog with cataracts. As home remedies, we tell you about honey and carrots.

 

Homeopathic Product

 

As mentioned above, it’s not possible to completely treat cataracts or cloudy eyes in a dog without surgery. That said, we have designed a natural product for you that will be of great help. You want to slow down the progression of cataracts.

 

Natural remedy for cataract in dogsIndeed, the homeopathic product CLEARVISION has been specially designed to strengthen the crystalline lens in your dog’s eye. It is also made for other animals such as cats, rabbits and horses.

It is important to slowing the progression of cataracts. It is therefore a significant advantage for animals showing the first signs of the condition and whose vision is not yet affected.

By cleaning and protecting your dog's crystalline lenses, CLEARVISION is a great ally.

 

It is also important to target the source of the problem in the treatment process. For example, if your dog has diabetes and its cataracts are the consequence of this, it’s important to treat this condition as well.

 

You will see, using our CLEARVISION product in combination with addressing the root cause of cataracts is important to do. You want to help stop their progression and prevent them from happening again.

 

Honey as a natural treatment for cataracts in dogs

 

Some people recommend using a little honey to treat cataracts in humans, so it is to be assumed that there may be a beneficial effect in dogs too. I would advise talking to a vet, however, before embarking on this technique.

 

It is said that placing a drop of raw beehive honey (personally I would suggest medical honey) inside the lower eyelid using your index finger could help treat this condition.

 

Honey is recognized as a powerful healing agent and has proven itself in the veterinary world, in the area of ​​wound care. So, this is a worthwhile natural treatment option to try out.

 

Carrots to treat cataracts in dogs

 

I like this idea because carrots make great treats that are good for your dog's health. Be careful to cut them into small pieces so that your dog does not choke.

 

Carrots are rich in beta carotene, a precursor to an important vitamin for eye health; Vitamin A. They are therefore theoretically beneficial for the care of your dog's eyes. At the very least, in a reasonable dose, they cannot cause any harm.

 

 

You know the old adage; prevention is better than a cure! So, protect your dog's eyes by offering them shelter from UV rays when they spend time in the sun. Offer them a balanced and complete diet full of vitamins to strengthen the immune system.

 

And finally, pay close attention to the health of your dog's eyes. Feel free to contact us for any health problem your pet may have.

 

 


About the author

Veronic Fournier
Veronic Fournier

ANIMAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN

Véronique Fournier shares her extensive pet health know-how on Zumalka through her articles.

Véronique’s background as an animal wellness advocate began in Cégep La Pocatière in Quebec, which led to comprehensive internships and training with respect to the breeding, rehabilitation, and monitoring of various types of animals. The institutions she has worked with include the Quebec Aquarium and the SOS Miss Dolittle shelter, just to name a few.

Her immersion with various veterinary clinics in British Columbia and other places has made Veronique not just knowledgeable, but also quite perceptive in zeroing in on the right strategy to help keep pets in the best of health.

And can we get you in on a secret? Veronique shares that she has already made a lot of canine pals due to her stint as a foster mom in several shelters. Isn’t that cool?


14 comments


  • Zumalka February 29, 2024 at 4:14 pm

    Hi Scott,
    The article mentions raw honey, and Manuka Honey has a raw version. We hope to hear good news from you and your pet !


  • scott February 29, 2024 at 4:13 pm

    Re cataracts interested in your recommendation of topical honey in an effort to help with an organic natural solution etc.hes already been receiving vit c lutein zeaxanthin e tocopherols and micro algae collectively in the form of one supplement for years.I already use MANUKA HONEY for personal use for its various well known benefits etc.My question is would be safe to administer the MANUKA HONEY topically to his eyes in lieu of another form of honey as well? your help will be greatly appreciated! thanks ,Scott


  • HOMEOANIMAL November 8, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Dear Elizabeth,
    I’m very sorry to hear about what happened to your dog’s eye!! I can understand your frustrations in this situation. We are more than happy to help and that is why we have sent you a private email so we can provide you with our professional and personalized help.
    We look forward to working with you.
    Homeoanimal


  • Elizabeth November 8, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Hi there, my dog was injured in his eye about two months ago. Quickly he developed a cataract in the eye. The specialist said he is not a candidate for surgery because his lens got pressed into and stuck to the iris, which would complicate the surgery too much for the potential reward. She then gave me a steroid called Prednisolone to help reduce inflammation. I know this is just a blanket over the symptom and will not be a long term fix or heal anything at all, so I’m looking now for better help elsewhere.

    I believe he can see relatively well out of the eye because he has had no issue whether catching things out of the air, chasing his brother around at a fast pace, or hunting for chipmunks in the brush. This could be day or night – no issues with sight as far as I can tell. That being said, he either adapted to one eye-sight so quickly I didn’t notice, or he actually can see relatively well. The specialist thinks his vision is deeply impaired but I guess I disagree from my experience with him. Either way, it is cloudy in the pupil and light does not reflect off of the tapetum. The sclera is also inflamed. He does not seem to be in any pain and his energy seems fine. Knowing this, do you recommend the homeopathic remedy you’ve listed above? Do you have any natural remedies that would help him in his specific case? Would you recommend us seeing a holistic vet and/or homeopathic vet? What is your general opinion of what to do next? Thank you for your help!


  • HOMEOANIMAL August 9, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Robert,
    Thank you for your comment, I hope this article has been helpful in your search for natural help for your dog’s eyes. We have also sent you a private email so we can offer you a more personalized treatment options for your beloved pet.
    Regards,
    Homeoanimal


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