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Dog Health and Nutrition Cataracts

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by jlarder, May 2, 2011.


  1. jlarder

    jlarder PetForums Newbie

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    My West Highland Terrier aged 9 years is a Diabetic he is on insulin daily injections which control this satisfactory. However he is developing Cataracts in his eyes According to my Vet. surgery to both eyes would be £5000 However I read about a alternative treatment by drops called "Bright Eyes" I believe it is a drug named CARNOSINE
    Some ref to this drug was on a previous TV show (Richard and Judy) sometime ago Has anyone any experience of this drug or knowledge regarding alternative treatment I would be extremely grateful for any information on this matter or anything pertaining to Cataracts

    Many Thanks

    JRL
     
  2. rona

    rona Guest

    Hi, and welcome
    I do hope someone can help you with this :)
     
  3. SixStar

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    Sorry to hear about your dog, my 8 year Westie also has cataracts (not diabetes related) and we've also looked into various treatments.

    Our vet advised against surgery because it can often cause more harm than good - with cataracts they loose their sight very slowly which gives them plenty of time to adjust, but when they are removed, they can quite literally see again overnight, which can come to as great shock and confusion to them. Some drops were mentioned but our vet felt they would not be beneficial in Alfies case because age related cataracts are generally quite small and do not interfere with vision too much - I suppose it would depend on how bad your boys are - are his eyes white and clouded already? Alfie, thankfully, is no where near this stage yet and the vet has described his vision as him just seeing things as if it was dusk all the time.

    We've had to make a few small alterations to Alfies lifestyle - we keep furniture in the same place and he has had to stop his agility classes, but apart from that, he leads a normal life. He is still off lead for all his walks, and you'd never really know he had a problem.

    I think your vet would be the best person to talk to, they may even be able to refer your dog to an eye specialist who would be able to talk you through options such as drops if he feels they'd be beneficial in your lads case.
     
  4. Mum2Heidi

    Mum2Heidi PetForums VIP

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    My old collie was the same and altho it was a few years ago, my vet recommended to leave her as her sight would deteriorate slowly and she would adjust.

    She certainly did. As the years went by and her sight went down, her hearing became more acute. You wouldnt know she had poor sight. In the end her hearing started to fail as well but she put her trust in us and adapted yet again.

    I had to learn not to call her in my normal urgency if she was going the wrong way or I was in a hurry(she would panic and take off in the wrong direction.) but to call the same and jump about a bit too.:D She in turn learned not to stray too far.

    You will be surprised what you can achieve. Just hope someone will be understanding to my needs when everything starts to fail:rolleyes:

    Not sure what your feelings are re homeopathy but I can put you in touch with a lovely lady if you would like to look into it.:D
     
  5. jlarder

    jlarder PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks to all the people who replied to my enquiry. I found them a great help and informative

    Many Thanks

    John Larder
     
  6. The3DChis

    The3DChis PetForums Senior

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    Our 10 year old Husky Misty also has Diabtetes and is on Insulin daily now.
    She too has cataracts.
    The vet advised us not to do the operation cause he said if it goes wrong she would have to lose the eyes altogether.
    She has adjusted really well to losing her sight gradually like others said.
    We do still feel bad for her but she is still a happy and very affectionate girl as always.
     
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