Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Dog health - Ask members * If your pet is vomiting-bleeding-diarrhea etc. Vet time!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old April 13th, 2007, 08:20 AM
MarshaJane MarshaJane is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1
Thumbs down Dog has cataracts - Answered by Dr. Van Lienden

Hi - I'm new to the site --- hope I am doing this okay --- I have a 12 year old female Brittnay Spaniel --- she is great, however starting to have some problems. Hopefully, someone there can help. She has cataracts and recently seems to have gone blind. Her eyes are completely dilated and she cann't see anything. Is there anyone else out there with a similar problem? I have not received much help from the vet, and do not know where to look for information. Tx
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old April 13th, 2007, 02:12 PM
SableCollie's Avatar
SableCollie SableCollie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 944
With cataracts, the dogs eyes would look opaque. Are they whitish/bluish, or is pupil dilation the only sign?

If your vet can't help you, maybe find another vet for a second opinion?

Blind dogs can adapt and have a good quality of life, they just need a little more help.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old April 18th, 2007, 12:50 PM
petdr's Avatar
petdr petdr is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 262
A cataract is an opacity of the lens, and can be slight or complete. Light will still enter and stimulate the retina, consequently the pupil will contract or dilate depending on the light stimulus.

If your pet's pupils are dilated, then there is most likely a problem with the retina. Potentionally, the pupil may be paralyzed or the optic nerve is damaged or the brain can not integrate the visual signal, but these are less likely reasons for the symptoms described.

You need to see a veterinary ophthalmologist in order to determine the cause of blindness. My two big rule-outs for this presentation would be retinal detachment secondary to hypertension or progressive retinal atrophy (though this usually shows up earlier in life). Check with your vet to find a veterinary ophthalmologist close to you.

Dr. Van Lienden

Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124
703-802-0490
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:57 PM.