As pet owners we all dread having the day arrive when we must deal with the unavoidable fact that our pet is aging, and as a result is unfortunately more prone to a number of health related problems. Just like humans, one of the common issues to affect our pets as they age involves vision problems, and more specifically, cataracts. However, cataracts in pets can develop as a result of issues other than merely old age. Factors such as poor diet during the pregnancy stages of the animal's mother, hereditary issues and diabetes mellitus can all play a part in your pet developing cataracts.
Cataracts in your pet affect the actual lens inside the eye, causing cloudiness and making it difficult for the animal to see things the way they normally would. The onset of cataracts in your pet may be evident if you notice a slight grayish color to the eyes, which will progress as the animal ages or as the disease progresses. Animals who develop the problem as a result of their parent's nutritionally lacking diet may begin to show signs as early as a few weeks of age and could lead to complete blindness within two or three years.
There are a number of homeopathic treatments available for different stages of the disease. If you have been fortunate enough to catch the problem very early on it is suggested that you try adding Sulphur to the pets diet in order to treat and slow the progression of the cloudy lens. For pets that have had cataract surgery and yet the condition continues to worsen, try using a treatment of Senega, and for long-term use try Silicea.
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[YEA] 03/18/2011: Mister from Los Angeles, Ca. Usa : "Optional: Before you attempt this: If your animal is nervous, while you rock them and sing or hum, wrap them loosely in a towel where they still have enough freedom to have their paws in a natural position, yet they feel the towel "around" them. Do this for a number of times day/night, whatever, until you're both comfortable. As they get "into it", bind them a little tighter for a few minutes and sing a song or do your thing, rock them, etc. When you feel they're okay with this then go to the next step:
Next step: Have your eye dropper ready to go: This works for me by myself but if you can get an extra pair of hands, that might be good depending upon your pet's nervous threshold, size, weight. I've never had a problem and it works for all kinds of situations.
Next: Take that familiar (by now) bath towel and gently but firmly wrap your pet, binding them so their legs/paws don't interfere with their therapy.
I usually nuzzle my nose, by gently pressing it against my pet's, telegraphing that it's o'tay! Before and after the first eye and after the 2nd eye - While they're still wrapped up, signaling that it's not a bad thing to get acquainted with - (feeling bound up without fearing it). I hum directly into their body for a minute or so and gently begin releasing the pressure of the towel.
This is drawn out but some of you with nervous pets can also relax knowing that you can take your time and you'll both learn from each other.
Hope this helps."Replies
04/07/2011: Sherry from Golden Valley, Arizona replies: "so what is it excatly you do with the castor oil, and how much do you use?"
07/20/2011: Sammy1970 from Albuquerque, New Mexico U.s.a., Usa replies: "Hi, I have a 7 yr old boston terrier, and her left eye is cloudy, how much castor oil did you use? and did it work? please, any info would be helpful! Thanks!
also, there is a post on here about wheat grass, but the link is to an outside site which is difficult to navigate, and I think it's a paid member site, so if anyone has any advice on this for my Dottie, I would so appreciate it!
09/06/2011: Sue H from Co Durham, England: "I've just realised that my cat Sophie (16) probably has cataracts. I've noticed that her eyesight is failing and her eyes look cloudy (although we haven't been to the vet yet). When I started looking on the Internet I found details of these 'bright eyes' eye drops with amazing claims to success. Has anyone any experience of using them as I'm loathe to just trust the testimonials on their own website. see link http://ethos.ag/bright-eyes-pet-testimonials.php
Many thanks, Sue H."Replies
09/11/2011: James from Blackpool, England replies: "The North American veterinary teaching hospitals study mentioned above found that the prevalence of cataracts in dogs increased by 255% (i. E. more than tripled!!! ) from 1964 to 2003.
Could this be linked to increased feeding of processed dog foods?
I think it is highly likely! Even the "elite" (i. e. very expensive) dog biscuits are still processed food! For life-long good health I recommend feeding your dog a natural diet."
03/01/2013: Karen from Brooklyn, New York, Usa replies: "My dog Cara has a cataract in one eye... Hoping for a healing and that it doesn't spread to other eye"
05/24/2009: Sayer Ji from Bonita Springs, FL: "I appreciate health anecdotes, but also understand that today's standard for health claims is "evidence-based." So, in an attempt to provide ammunition to those who are sharing their valid experiences, I have posted a great study on Wheat Grass reversing age-related cataracts (and other physiological parameters of aging) in dogs. This very encouraging study was published in the Journal of Biogerontology in 2005 and can be found on the non-profit website: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/content/wheat-sprout-extract-reduces-lens-opacity-and-reverses-age-related-alterations-physiology"Replies
11/08/2011: Linda from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "I found success with RAW carrot and RAW sweet potatoe, after 2 years of feeding it cooked, within 2 months of the switch 90 percent of my dogs cataracts have cleared. She is on a raw diet with 25% veggies, which also includes brocolli and kale. ( I have since stopped feeding her cooked oats) She also gets Salmon Oil but she always got that. I googled natural remedies for cataracts for humans, and applied those I could to a dog. There are a few others that one could also try."
08/24/2012: El from Toronto, Canada replies: "To dissolve cataracts, drop 1-2 drops of cold-pressed flaxseed oil in each eye every evening. Warm the flaxseed oil to body temperature before using. Refrigerate flaxseed oil or it can turn rancid."