Dog Has Cloudy Eyes

Ask the Vet's Leslie Sinclair, DVM tells you how to recognize and treat cataracts in your dog.

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Leslie Sinclair, DVMQ. Why are my dogs eyes cloudy?

Leslie Sinclair, DVM says: There are a couple reasons why dogs eyes turn cloudy. A cataract is a cloudy change in the lens of the eye thought to be caused by protein molecules that become linked together. Cataracts can occur at any age, and some puppies are even born with them. They can be caused by nutritional deficiencies, poisons, inflammation in the eye, and elevated blood sugar (a side effect of diabetes).

Nuclear sclerosis (also called lenticular sclerosis) is a condition that occurs as the lens of a dogs eye hardens and becomes more compact with age, resulting in a hazy, bluish appearance. Nuclear sclerosis does not usually interfere with a dogs vision until it becomes quite pronounced in the late stages of life. Your veterinarian can examine your dogs eyes and tell you whether there is any cause for concern. 

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Reprinted from Ask the Vet About Dogs, by Leslie Sincliar, DVM © 2003. Permission granted by BowTie Press.

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trisha   fort worth, Texas

2/16/2013 6:28:49 AM

Is there anything I can give my 14 year old dog to help with improve his cataracts and with his hearing (almost deaf) please help !! I found this dog a few months ago and don"t know how to help him. Makes me so sad

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CAROL   WOLVERHAMPTON, IN

3/10/2011 6:07:37 AM

INFO IS OK, BUT PICTURES OF THE CONDITIONS MENTIONED RELATING TO THE CLOUDINESS WOULD OF BEEN GOOD.

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Luis   San Jose, CA

11/9/2009 1:34:14 PM

Is there any medication that I can give my dog for cataracs?

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