Blindness in Dogs
As your pet gets older, he might have a higher risk of blindness. Find out what the signs of pet blindness are and what you can do to prevent it.
My family has a 10-year-old Chocolate Labrador named Joy. My parents started to notice that Joy, in her old age, was beginning to step on a lot of toes, literally. For a dog that used to be very cautious with her surroundings, she began to walk over feet, and sometimes even a pet cat! Had Joy become lazy, or was something else going on?
Unfortunately, our veterinarian confirmed that Joy is beginning to have less than perfect eyesight. Much like the eyesight in humans, the vision of older dogs does tend to worsen over time. If you notice a change in your pet’s eyesight or a physical change in how their eyes look, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to see if there’s a problem.
The most common aging change associated with the eyes of dogs is when the pupil begins to appear grayish in color, which is called nuclear sclerosis. The good news is that this does not significantly affect the animal’s vision. Cataracts, on the other hand, can impair your pet’s eyesight. A cataract is a clouding of the lens of an eye, which can cause blurry vision. These must be closely monitored by a veterinarian because the thicker and denser they become, the more likely it is they will lead to blindness. The breeds most likely to be affected by cataracts are Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, Miniature Schnauzers, Terriers and Golden Retrievers.
You can be a step ahead with your pet’s visual healthy by examining their eyes regularly, and by scheduling regular check-ups with your veterinarian.
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