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Possible Cataracts?

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Dogloverlou, Oct 30, 2018.


  1. Dogloverlou

    Dogloverlou PetForums VIP

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    Missy's eye looked weepy over the weekend and I put it down to wind getting in it as we was away and it was very wet & windy. However, whilst the weepiness seems to have improved on closer inspection her eye is much cloudier than it used to be and when I tap my finger towards it she doesn't seem to have any blinking reflex there. I'm going to book her into the vets for next week unless we need to see them sooner but just wondering if anyone might be able to shed some experience on their dog living with age related cataracts and even if that looks to be the case here or maybe just more advanced nuclear sclerosis?

    It's her right eye in the picture here ( her left )

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  2. Siskin

    Siskin Look into my eyes....

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    I would think age related cataracts on the whole although something is definitely up with that right eye, whether it’s just an infection or not I wouldn’t like to say.
    One of my last dogs had age related cataracts and was gradually losing more and more sight, didn’t affect her that much as she had enough sight to get around, she was also deaf unless a loud noise happened right beside her which didn’t help matters.
     
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    Yeah, if this is cataracts it has been very gradual. She has had diminished sight for a while now but I thought it was due to her nuclear sclerosis.
     
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    If it has changed quickly and been weeping then I'd always err on the side of a vet visit sooner rather than later to check for any change in pressure or any ulceration to the cornea etc.
     
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    I think if the eye has suddenly started to look like that I would go to the vet sooner rather than later. Take her out in the dark and shine a torch, if she has a cataract you will only see one eye glowing, unless of course it is only a partial cataract.

    I have not had a dog with age related cataracts but I think it is usually gradual so they adapt very well. Candy has a full cataract from trauma of some sort so she went very suddenly blind in the one eye and it took her a while to adapt but now you would never know except that she is wary about going through doorways so I have to open doors wide and stand clear so knows there is no obstruction on her blind side.
     
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    My poodle Pepe the smaller one in the photo was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes in January this year and was immediately referred to Optivet in Havant. He was going to have the cataract in the left eye removed but when he went for his appointment the following week the specialist eye vet could not do it as he had sadly developed glaucoma in both eyes. He is totally without sight in his left eye which has no blink reflex at all and only a little sight in the right eye. He has 2 kinds of eye drops several times a day to keep the pressure under control and we take him regularly to Optivet for pressure checks. If that wasn’t bad enough I lost my beloved Rusty in May this year due to a growth near his liver.
     
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    Think I will try & get her seen earlier then, thanks guys. I honestly didn't think it was hugely concerning and am feeling a bit guilty for that.

    I just tried shining a torch at her in the room with all the lights out & only one eye glowed! :( The only blessing, as you say with age related cataracts is that it's gradual and not sudden as with the case of your Candy. Missy is not distressed by the sudden change.

    I'm sorry to hear about Pepe's diagnosis and the loss of Rusty. Must be a difficult time for you.
     
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    Yes it is as Pepe also has kidney disease which has suddenly got worse.
     
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    Oh no! :( How old is he?
     
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    He was 12 in June which Is not that old for a toy poodle. Last year he was diagnosed with anaemia and was on steroids for about 10 months so I wonder whether they contributed to the kidney damage.
     
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    Let us know how you get on @Dogloverlou . It is a worry but it is fairly usual in old dogs and hopefully there is nothing sinister going on but it really would be a good idea to get it looked at and make sure there is no treatment needed for an underlying cause. I think it can be confusing because a lot of older dogs develop cloudy eyes which does not really affect their sight so we get so used to seeing old dogs with cloudy eyes it is hard to be sure when it is a cataract. Even my vet told me that my old standard poodle had very little sight because her eyes were cloudy when in fact she had excellent sight as she proved to him as soon as he had said it by reacting strongly to a sudden movement in the rodent cage on the opposite side of the room. He ate his words with a wry smile!
     
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    My Ziggy had cataracts; I asked the vet about removing them but he said the results often weren't great, sometimes the dog lost all sight and you had to do eye drops several times a day for life - and that dogs usually adapt very well to sight loss. Ziggy did adapt well, and still had enough sight (or other senses) to sometimes catch a ball, though she more often missed. In general life, you'd hardly realise she didn't have full vision.
     
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    Have her booked in for tomorrow now :)

    Thank you Blitz. That's exactly it, I'm so used to seeing her with cloudy eyes anyway I didn't really suspect anything more than that until closer inspection. I guess it's still possible it's simply an infection of some kind. She does seem to squint it quite a lot. Love that story about your old Poodle lol.

    Even if this is a cataract there is no way she will be having any surgery at her age now. As you say, their quality of life is not greatly impaired by it and Missy isn't distressed at all.
     
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    When Candy lost the sight in her eye with the cataract her other eye did not look normal and as she was the right age for juvenile cataracts she was booked in to see a specialist. By which time the other eye had healed and he said the first one was trauma and the success rate and after care did not make it worth while operating when there was one healthy eye. Obviously in an older dog you would not want to operate with 2 bad eyes.
     
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    Well, turns out it's just a scratch to her cornea. Vet thinks it's possibly already beginning to heal as the dye they used didn't cling to the scratch or something, so it's more superficial now then what it may have been originally. So overall good news. Just 5 days worth of ointment to apply and hopefully she will be all healed up :)
     
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    Siskin Look into my eyes....

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    Great stuff. What if anything, did he say about the cloudy eyes
     
  18. Dogloverlou

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    Just advanced nuclear sclerosis. Definitely not a cataract. She apparently has tunnel vision only and everything will be blurred now, but at least she isn't completely blind.
     
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