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April 7th, 2008, 04:08 PM
There is a doggy we are looking at who we've been told has cataracts. The original breeder took her out of the breeding line because of them, but we've been told that they're not serious. She's only 5 years old (the doggy, not the breeder! LOL).

Are not all cataracts progressive? Does this mean that she will definitely need surgery or will go blind? Or are there really types of cataracts that don't progress any further?

We plan on taking her to our vet if we do decide we are interested for a good check up prior to committing ourselves, but I just want to know what to ask... I know that nobody can predict the health of a dog, I had just never heard of cataracts that weren't something to worry about.

Dr Lee
April 7th, 2008, 05:22 PM
Unfortunately all cataracts will inhibit sight. Some are rapidly progressive others are slowly progressive. It can be difficult to predict.

There is a holistic option called Ocluvet ( It has been through two clinical trials with veterinary ophthalmologists and been shown that 83% of all dogs with cataracts will improve. It works through the combination of six antioxidants. Our clients have raved about it. Unfortunately it is not a substitute for cataract surgery. Lens replacement is the current gold standard of care. Ocluvet is a great alternative for cases that cannot have surgery for whatever reason.

Hope that helps. :pawprint:

April 7th, 2008, 05:24 PM
A complete cataract affecting both eyes will result in blindness, whereas small non-progressive cataracts will not interfere with vision.

A small cataract in one eye will not affect your dog's vision at all. At the other end of the spectrum, cataracts may progress rapidly or slowly to cause complete blindness.

Congenital cataracts or those that develop at a young age may mature and be reabsorbed, resulting in improved vision. This is unpredictable. In the process of resorption, liquefied lens material may leak into the eye causing inflammation and possibly glaucoma.

The above quotes are from this website....

I would get her checked out by an ophthalmologist.

April 7th, 2008, 05:47 PM
Thank you, Dr. Lee, and thank you, Rainbow!

I think another call to her original breeder is in order... and then a call to my vet. We're very lucky to live close enough to Guelph that we can take her for a visit up there to see a specialist if necessary.

As sweet as she may be, I'd like to have all the facts straight before we make a decision (Tommy already wants her, but he's never bothered to get a job to pay his own vet bills, so he doesn't get a vote:laughing:).

April 7th, 2008, 05:59 PM
:laughing: but Tommy is sooo handsome :lovestruck: he should have himself a girlfriend. :flirt:

April 7th, 2008, 06:03 PM
See, that's the problem... if we get a girly dog, wouldn't she be his SISTER and not his GIRLFRIEND? I tried explaining that to him, but he was too busy licking her unmentionables to listen:eek::rolleyes:. Here I was, all happy that he was getting along with another doggy... and trying not to notice exactly HOW WELL they were getting along:o.

April 7th, 2008, 06:11 PM
Is this the same breeder you got Tommy from? She still wouldn't be his sister if they have different parents. :D

April 7th, 2008, 06:17 PM
No... definitely NOT the same breeder - fool me once, yada yada yada. This is a really top notch breeder. We were looking for a rescue, but one that had to be a good temperament match for Tommy, and we were referred to this little sweety who had been returned a couple of times for reasons to do with stupid owners, not her fault.

Either way though, if we take her, she BECOMES his sister and he's going to have to stop licking things, LOL (she was in heat when we visited, so I'm sure that had something to do with it!).