Dog Disease - Dog Cataract

Dogs are some of the most loyal and trustworthy animals to keep as pets and one generally gets very attached to their loving dogs, in a way the dog becomes part of the family as is treated as such. When a pet like a dog becomes sick or suffers from some dog disease we as pet owners become very worried and concerned about their health. Since the dog is an animal it can not tell us of its problems and we have to be alert to see how our pets health is, usually behavioral changes and general outlook of a pet will tell us when something is wrong and if the problem is diagnosed at the earliest and treated well in time our pets will suffer less and be comfortable.

Dog cataract is one of the most common medical problems suffered by dogs; cataract is an eye disease as common in dogs as it is in human beings. Cataract affects all breeds and types of dogs and is not limited to certain breeds, it generally affects older dogs. Milky or cloudy eyes are a sign of cataract in dogs, when this happens the vision of the dog is affected and its health begins to decline. The lens of the eyes in the dog are affected by cataract, these lenses help the dog focus its field of vision when these lenses become milky or cloudy the dog can not see properly and sees blurred.

Sometimes cataract can take a long time to develop while at other times its development in the dogs eye can be quite rapid, there are three types of cataract.

Types of Cataract
Incipient Cataract is the weakest type of cataract disease or the early stage of cataract, in this stage the opacity of the eye is very little, in fact in some cases the opacity is so slight that it is hard to determine whether your dog has cataract, in most cases this stage of the disease does not interfere with the dogs vision.

Immature cataract causes the eye to be cloudier then it is in incipient cataract and thus affects the eyesight and vision of your dog, although eyesight is not completely lost, vision is blurry. This type of cataract is easier to observe because a bigger portion of the eye of your dog is cloudy.

Mature cataract is the critical stage of cataract in dogs. In this stage of the disease the whole eye turns milky and the dog almost loses all its vision.

If you notice these symptoms in your dog or see that the eyes of your beloved pet are turning milky, see the vet as soon as possible the disease can be easily treated specially in its early stages and cataract should be treated as soon as possible because the presence of this disease greatly affects the wellbeing of your pet.

Any qualified vet can surgically treat the immature and mature stages of cataract by removing the blurry part of the lens with surgery and replacing the lens with artificial lens, this is the only treatment that can be given to a dog with cataract and is successful in up to 90% of cataract cases in dogs. Any qualified veterinarian can diagnose and treat cataract in your pet, be sure to have your dog checked by a qualified vet regularly and monitor its health to give it a comfortable and long life and keep it safe from any dog disease.

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