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Cataracts in 5 month old puppy

August 1st, 2007, 03:19 PM
Hi, I am new and need help. We purchased a 5 month old yorkie 2 weeks ago. On Saturday we noticed a white spot on her eye. We took her to the vet on Monday and they told us it was a mature cataract. It was not there on Friday and she had been to the 2 times the week before and nothing was ever noticed by the vet. Can a catarct appear over night? Has anyone ever tried the Can-C eye drops for cataracts? We can not afford the surgery and we need to make a decision as to return her or not by Saturday.

August 1st, 2007, 03:49 PM
i dont have any useful info to give as ive never dealt with a cataract before but i hope some piece of useful information turns up and she is able to get better,
maybe it was just too hasty of a diagnosis from your vet and you could also consider getting a 2nd opinion?
that would be something i would look into,
i hope yall work something out where you can keep her because it would be very sad to give her back :fingerscr

Dr Lee
August 2nd, 2007, 12:01 AM
Second opinions are always good, however it is hard to mess up on a mature cataract. Cataracts is opacity of the lenses which are anatomically behind the iris (colored portion of eye). The pupil becomes white with cataracts. The external clear portion (the cornea, where contact lenses sit) should still be clear and normal. So you should see the colored portion of the eye perfectly with white behind it)

Emotions aside - return her. Also this is usually hereditary. I am concerned that the other siblings may carry a gene for this.

As far as drops - there is a holistic, all natural eye drop that has gone through two clinical trial with veterinary ophthalmologists and is currently being used in human trials for cataracts. It works in 83% of the cases. Many of the other brands that I have seen do not have the cysteine ascorbate mixed with the glutathione in the correct amounts to work well. It is called Ocluvet and works by combining: L-Carnosine, N-Acetyl L-Carnosine, Glutathione, Riboflavin and cysteine acorbate. The website is However, please read on...

All holistic cataract eye drops work through the use of heavy anti-oxidants, anti-glycation and use and support of glutathione. Any of the drops that actually work (many do NOT!!!), will work well on nuclear sclerosis or 'natural aging of the lens center', and early cataracts (Ocluvet at about 100% in both categories). All of them have real problems with mature and hypermature cataracts. I would be skeptical that these would work well in your case. They may reduce the opacity but likelyhood of returning full vision is low. Ocluvet though has a guarentee - if no positive improvement is seen after one bottle - you can get your money back or another bottle! (at least, in Arizona).

Can they develop overnight? Virtually yes. Juvenile cataracts and those secondary to diabetes seem to occur at lightning speed! Also these seem to become mature or hypermature much faster then regular cataracts and more densely block vision.

Another thing to consider, mature and hypermature cataracts are at slight more risk of becoming luxated. (the lens is held in place by fibers. if the lens lacks it normal elasticity, sometimes these fibers degrade and break and the lens free floats in the eye, that is becomes luxated). This can lead to some serious problems like glaucoma which can be excruciatingly painful. One of my patients got mature cataracts from diabetes. She presented one earl morning for vomiting - the dog's lenses luxated, caused glaucoma which caused such pain that the dog started vomiting. Luckily they could take her to surgery so we referred her immediately to the eye specialists which took her to surgery that day. Stomper is currently loving her new eyes.

I don't know if you should return her or not - emotions are a large part of the decision making however the I recommend you taking the above information into consideration. Many dogs lead very happy lives with mature cataracts, but surgery will most likely be needed for vision.

I hope this helps.