Last Modified on Dec 21, 2015
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.
Remedies for Cataracts
[YEA] My older dog was getting cloudy cataracts. After looking at this site and seeing the castor oil in the eyes remedy, I tried it by using the Now brand in an eye dropper. I put it in his eyes once per day for a few months. The cataracts are gone! If they aren't completely gone, I can't see them.
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[YEA] 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.
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