Dog cataracts treatment without surgery
My dog is healthy but has a problem with his eyesight …
If like me you have a little companion who suffers from a degenerative disease which is at high risk of leading him to blindness, you will surely try to fight to find a solution to this inglorious future.
PRA or progressive atrophy of the retina, often leads to cataracts and then to total loss of vision.
Let me tell you the non surgical treatment for dog cataracts I apply everyday.
I hired the battle because my dog is not so old to be invalid.
Are there natural ways to keep your pet’s eyesight?
To tell the truth, I have researched the four corners of the net worldwide to find viable information on this subject.
No way my doggie will experience an uncomfortable end of life.
Do vets treat cataracts?
Yes, they do and the procedure is the same as for humans, it goes through surgery without any guarantee of result because such intervention in a dog can be complicated.
So how do you treat a cataracts problem in dogs?
On the hunt for information, I learned that there are some natural ways to help it to slow down the progress or even stop the disease.
How much can my dog see with cataracts?
It’s no different from human being.
A white haze appears in one or both eyes, this is the clouding of the lens behind the pupil.
This haze induces blurred vision and the more the lens loses its transparency, the more the sight diminishes.
Over time, vision loses more and more acuity, colors and contrasts diminish.
Gradually, the white haze thickens, the eyesight becomes all the more cloudy.
What causes cataracts in dogs?
As in humans, aging is the main cause.
But, it can also be congenital or secondary.
Congenital cataracts are quite rare when secondary cataracts are more common.
It is the consequence of a disease and in particular of diabetes or of a poorly dosed cortisone-based treatment or eye surgery.
It can also be traumatic, following an injury to the eye or too prolonged exposure to UV of the sun .
What is the treatment for cataracts?
Diagnosed at an early stage, cataracts are first corrected by adequate corrective lenses while adapting the lighting to the affected person’s environment.
At a more advanced stage, the ophthalmologist is obliged to propose a surgical intervention which proceeds to the removal of the lens to restore the transparency and its replacement by an artificial lens.
To date, no alternative treatment is offered to the patient, although research is progressing on certain promising substances which will most certainly be offered in the form of eye drops in the future.
How does a veterinarian treat cataracts?
Just like for humans, the veterinarian will first try to stabilize the dry eye and then avoid any form of infection with antibiotic eye drops.
It treats the underlying cause like diabetes if it occurs.
It will go no further and will quickly follow the two possible options:
– resign yourself and allow your pet to gradually lose sight to blindness
– schedule a very invasive (and very expensive) surgery with the hope that all goes well
How to deal with a dog with cataracts?
If the surgery does not enchant you as I do, on the one hand by its uncertain appearance, on the other hand because you fear the anesthesia on an animal that is advancing in age, you will not enjoy sitting watching your dog lose his sight as much as his zest for life.
The vet will tell you a hundred times that “it is not a problem for them, their sense of smell allows them not to lose their bearings”.
Certainly, but their enthusiasm, yes! and we can understand it…
How to treat dog cataracts naturally
After extensive research, I can state that there is no established protocol for treating this disease.
There are avenues that are worth exploring without fear if we want to try to act to avoid the irreversible.
Some tricks actually work, I can attest to that.
But that doesn’t mean that what works for my dog will be as effective for any of his congeners.
There are different eye conditions and each is different.
However, everything you will read below has been tested by me without damage to my doggie’s eyes … quite the contrary.
It’s up to you to see if you try this adventure.
My natural remedies for cataracts in dogs
Vitamins for dog cataracts
Do not look for products intended for pets in this area, rely on products that are commonly found in our pharmacies, intended for macular degeneration.
Because they contain everything you need to fight free radicals and nourish the eye more reliably.
Personally, I use a supplement consisting of:
- DHA, a polyunsaturated fatty acid belonging to the Omega 3 family which is present in the composition of the eye and helps visual health
- Lutein, a carotenoid pigment that is found in very strong concentration in the retina
- Zeaxanthine, another carotenoid related to lutein
- Zinc and copper, essential minerals that send vitamin A synthesized by the liver to the retina to produce protective melanin for the eye
- Essential vitamins for eye health : C, E vitamins
The product I use comes in capsule form. My dog weighing less than 10kg (22 pounds), I open it and half empty it in his food every two or three days.
If you are interested in this practical product due to its complete formula which avoids multiple purchases:
Blueberry for cataract
This small fruit contains a characteristic dark blue pigment. It is made up of flavonoids like quercetin and tannins.
The medicinal properties of bilberries have been known for millennia, they are antioxidants, fight diabetes and provide vascular protection.
It also has virtues for eye health as demonstrated by an Italian study published in 1989 which concluded that there was a significant reduction in the progression of cataract in 48 of the 50 patients tested.
My dog is supplemented with one capsule per day in his food.
Dog cataracts natural treatment
Carnosine eye drops for dogs
N-Acetyl-L-Carnosine or N.A.C (not to be confused with N-acetyl-cysteine) is a naturally occurring compound related to carnosine.
A Russian study published in 2012 demonstrated the effectiveness of eye drops containing 1% NAC on patients with cataracts.
If you are looking for this product on the net, you will quickly find that it can be very expensive.
However, there is a more affordable brand that delivers this eye drops in a 2x5ml pack.
My dog has been getting 1 drop in each eye three times a day for over 6 months.
In 4 months, the white haze started to disappear and my dog regained his ferocious appetite.
Does that mean he was losing morale?…
However, while the improvement was clearly visible, it was not sufficient for my taste.
As I researched further, I learned that there was the same type of drops but containing 2 or 4% NAC.
And I tried the adventure of the 4% acetyl L Carnosine
So I started quietly with a 1% solution to get his eyes used to it then moved to a 4% solution.
I see an obvious improvement, my dog finding his black eyes and moving without hitting any obstacle.
Time will tell if it will be possible to lower the dosage and switch to just one application per day… surely in months.
Aloe Vera for eyes
NAC eye drops tend to irritate and cause dry eyes.
I know, you’re going to laugh: “we’re not going to put aloe vera in the eye!”
Well yes, but not just any.
There is distilled aloe vera, 100% pure and without any preservatives.
Its role is to hydrate the eyes and reduce any inflammation. My doggie gets a drop twice a day.
This is my dog’s natural cataract treatment but you should know that it is now for life because any stoppage can lead to a resumption of disease progression. Consistency and rigor must be the rule.
Note that there is another interesting eye drop that has given encouraging results.
This is homeopathic drops made from cineraria maritima, a perennial plant with silver leaves.
These eye drops can only be obtained directly from India.
It is now part of this natural cataract treatment for my dog (if you do the same, choose the alcohol-free version like those mentioned above) with a drop per eye in the evening.
Again, I’m testing with him. This eye drops do not sting the eyes and provide hydration and visual comfort.
Organic Castor Oil for dog cataracts
As strange as it may sound, the trick of castor oil directly into the eye is often given in an attempt to combat cataracts.
I also test it personally and notice a marked improvement in color perception and sharpness.
I cannot confirm its effectiveness but if the oil is well chosen, cold pressed, pure and hexane free, it obviously nourishes the eye and fights dry eyes
My dog gets a drop in each eye before bed every other day.
Where are we 6 months later?
First of all, I would like to point out that I started by testing all the eye drops myself to assess their impact on the eye.
Suffering from severe dry eye, I can guarantee you that they have helped me a lot and in fact improved my myopic vision.
Note that all the products mentioned in this article are not intended for animals but for men and that in my opinion, they can surely help people with advanced dry eye or early stage cataracts.
No product has had any negative side effects and over the days I see only improvements in my dog’s behavior and especially during his nocturnal outings.
He has regained his zest for life and, as if to thank me, keeps staring at me insistently…
It’s up to you … but keep in mind that this is a precise long-term treatment that should never be stopped.
Evolution is slow.
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