Do you suspect your dog is having trouble seeing? A trip to the vet can determine the vision percentage still present in a dog, even one 10 years or older with cataracts.
A vet ophthalmologist can give a dog owner an accurate determination of percentage of vision remaining in a dog with cataracts, according to an article posted by the DogChannel.com.
A cataract, which is a clouding of the eye lens, has many causes, usually being inheritance or resulting from diabetes (Animal Eye Care). Cataracts can develop rapidly over weeks, or slowly over years, in one eye or both. In those cases resulting from diabetes, the cataract form very shortly after the dog becomes diabetic, developing very fast.
Other causes of cataract to your dog’s eye could be from a toxic reaction in the lens, ruptured lens capsule due to trauma, nutritional deficiencies and old age (Animal Eye Care).
If you believe your dog is having trouble seeing, visit a Bregman Vet location today to have an ophthalmologist study your dog’s eye to determine the problem. An ophthalmologist can measure the amount of light that appears to be passing through the retina using a sophisticated array of instruments (similar if not the same to those used on humans) to determine if a cataract is present (DogChannel.com).
There is no medical treatment for cataracts to make the lens clear again. Surgical removal is the most common and effective way to remove cataracts. When performed by a veterinary ophthalmologist, like one at any of the Bregman Vet Group locations, a high success rate is exists.
You can perform some simple at home tests to get a good idea of how much vision is remaining, and if now is the time to visit The BregmanVet Group. Follow these instructions given by the Dog Channel:
1- Take a piece of cotton and drop it in front of your dog. See if he tracks it all the way down. Repeat if necessary and cover one eye at a time to see if there is a difference
2- Try turning off the lights in an unfamiliar room and see how well your dog navigates the room. Dogs should not have any trouble getting around in the dark considering their excellent night vision. If your dog starts to bump into things, their cataracts are significantly affecting their vision
If you think your dog may have developed a cataract, schedule an appointment with The Bregman Vet Group today. Visit www.BregmanVetGroup.com for more information, including locations and contact information for The Bregman Vet Group.