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cataract surgery vs eye drops treatment
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istanbul44 posted:
My dog has been diagnosed w/cataracts and vet recommends surgery. I have been reading a lot about different types of eye drops that help with cataracts. Is this a viable choice rather than going the ex pense of surgery?
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Istanbul44--hello and thanks for posting!

Here's an article on Cataracts in Dogs that may be helpful. If you're not comfortable with your vet's recommendation, I'd encourage you to take your dog into see another vet and get his or her opinion.

While the Internet is a great place to get general information, an in-person evaluation of your pet is probably necessary to get an expert opinion on drops vs. surgery options.

Keep us updated if you have a chance,

Byroney
Every dog has his day - but the nights are reserved for the cats ~ Unknown
 
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Nanaya responded:
I took my dog to a holistic vet and changed his diet to Core grain free diet and got him Pet Vision Pro drops. It was totally worth it! No surgery needed. He does still have some minor clouding, but theyre A MILLION better. and he can fetch again!
 
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Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
I wish there was an easy way to address cataracts such as a change in diet or eye drops, but alas, if there was, people would be seeking this type of treatment and you would see news coverage and great press on the subject. The drops that are being touted may not hurt but they are not going to help.. There are various reasons why a pet's lens may have a decrease in clarity. Not all are cataracts. If your veterinarian has diagnosed cataracts, surgery is the only way to cure this condition. Getting a second opinion is never inappropriate when you have questions. Many dogs and people never have cataracts addressed. It can lead to blindness. If you are financially not able to have this matter addressed, your pet can still live a very full and happy life...just don't rearrange the furniture in the home and be sure to safe guard the pet when it is outside or in areas where it could injure itself.

Dr. Bernadine Cruz
 
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Doerwood replied to Bernadine Cruz, DVM's response:
My little Service dog has cataracts and he knows his way aruond at home and in the 2 parks he walks It amazes me how well he does considering he is over 13 years old. I feed him FRESH PET most of the time.
Denise in MO
 
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wjfccrn1 replied to Bernadine Cruz, DVM's response:
thanks for a common sense, realistic piece of advise.
 
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cachorro1983 replied to Bernadine Cruz, DVM's response:
hello do you speak spanish??
 
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robertgerman replied to Byroney_WebMD_Staff's response:
Typically, two things happen during cataract surgery(Cataract eye drops ) — the clouded lens is removed, and a clear artificial lens is implanted. In some cases, however, a cataract may be removed without implanting an artificial lens.
 
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JKristenson responded:
I would give these eye drops a try; one of my friends has an 11 yr old cocker spaniel and she says they seem to be working pretty well so far. Hope they help, and good luck.

http://solutions.avidlifepet.com/avidlife-os/


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