Cataract Remedies for Cats and Dogs

| Modified on Nov 22, 2023
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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.

Can-C (N-Acetylcarnosine Drops)

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Posted by Karin (California) on 08/22/2022

Thanks for your input on Can-C for dogs. I accomplished the same for my 125lb shepherd with a product called NuVet, a 1-a-day wafer from a company by the same name. It took 1 month and he went from mistaking my finger for a tasty carrot treat to leading the way on a moonless desert hike in unfamiliar terrain. I recommend the product highly for anyone whose dogs are getting those white glazed over eyes as they age.

Castor Oil

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Posted by Carolyn (Canada) on 05/13/2021

Only use "organic cold pressed" castor oil as the kind sold in the pharmacy is processed differently.

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Posted by Victoria (California) on 03/12/2021

I used food-grade castor oil in my dog's eyes, 1 drop daily each eye, and it completely cleared his clouded cataracts.

Replied by LoriE

Victoria, can you tell me what brand of castor oil you used for your dog's eyes and is it in a glass bottle or plastic? Thank you.

Replied by Nancy H.
(Owingsville Ky)

Castor oil

Which type is best for my dog? 12 lb. Shih Tzu. He's almost blind. He has cloudy eyes and has already had an ulcer that almost burst. Dr was able to keep from bursting and has meds for dry eye. Thanks for your help. His name is Gizzy.

Replied by Cailin

Can anyone tell me how long I should apply castor oil drops to my dogs' eyes before I will notice an improvement in his cataracts please?

Replied by Cailin

Hi Victoria, Can you tell me how long were you applying castor oil drops to your dogs' eyes before you noticed improvement please?

Replied by Katzie
(Cancun, Mexico)

I don't know that any of us could accurately tell you that, as we don't know how advanced they are. I jumped in here to recommend to you DMSO eye drops. That will also definitely help! There is plenty of info on this site about DMSO!

Castor Oil
Posted by Anne Marie (Chatham, Ontario) on 11/17/2019

Which organic and hexane free castor oil do you recommend for me to use on my dog's eye?

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Posted by Jazmine (United States) on 02/22/2019

Castor oil remedy for cataracts in dogs: I am just starting my dog on castor oil in each eye 2x a day before bed and before I leave for work in the mornings. She is starting to lose her vision at 13 and I'm used to a happy, begging, jumping papillon. I hope this helps in a couple of weeks. I don't have the surgery money nor do I want to take that route. Does anyone have any success using castor oil?

Replied by Karen
(Western Australia)

How is your fur baby doing today, has the CO made any difference?

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Posted by Kewpie (California) on 01/12/2014

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.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Kewpie this is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Replied by Ana
(New York)
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So glad for you, please be aware that some of us or even dogs can be allergic to anything, even castor oil (although not very common), my one dog reacted by a swollen ear and congestion reaction, her eye amazing was fine, she also started sneezing, so a test area on the back and then near the mouth is always safe first for people and dogs, or check with your vet. I would continue to use it and keep in mind it also grows back hair.

(Ny ny)

Do not give castor oil near the mouth, it is toxic to dogs and cats it is not to be eaten... Giving it as an eye drop is okay but it should not be ingested

Replied by Shaka'ki'
(Branson, Mo)

I wondered if you continued the castor oil for your pet's cataracts? When reading your analysis of the first use being an "allergy" ~ I had to think of how all natural healers and people who heal their self from many, even lethal, diseases, the initial response is to feel ill in some way. Perhaps the swollen ear was not allergy but just getting rid of a toxin via ear tissues and skin pores and the sneezing was caused by this exit of toxin. Detoxing in any way is well known amongst healers that "less is more" to get the process started and then as body gets used to treatments, increase to the "super" healing amount.

Replied by Noah

Where can one get this product? is it safe to put in their eyes? thank you.


Concerned Grammy
(Washington state)

Amazon has it. So does PCC market in the naturopath section.

Replied by Noelle
(Elkhorn, NE, USA)

My 8yr old standard dachshund has recently been diagnosed as diabetic. The internal medicine vet said, “He will get cataracts from the diabetes. It's not a matter of ‘if', it's a matter of ‘when' “ I am anxious to try castor oil as a preventative! Just a thought about people who might be struggling with eye-droppers. I think a bit of castor oil on a cotton ball and rubbed across their eye will easily do the trick.

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Posted by Mister (Los Angeles, Ca. Usa ) on 03/18/2011

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.

Castor Oil
Posted by Brooke (Montgomery, Tx, Usa) on 12/05/2010

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The only thing that I know for sure is that my mother used this remedy on her dog! It is an Edgar Cayce remedy though and he recommended it to a lot of people. He also recommended that you put the scrapings of potatoes on your eye as well. Sorry I don't have more information from a first party trier, but when I told my mother to put a couple of drops in her dogs eyes, it really helped his condition tremendously. He passed before the treatment totally healed him, but he could see again before he went to the other side.


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Posted by Vincent (Pennsylvania) on 05/16/2017

I have started my female pitbull of 13 yrs old on turmeric for an internal lumps in her throat I was told from my vet it was a blood filled cyst, just started 2 weeks ago with a little sprinkled in home made bone broth soup to early to tell if it's working but something amazing is happening that I didn't expect.

A few months ago I noticed her eyes were getting very cloudy getting worse by the day and I feared she had was developing cataracts or glaucoma and now since I've been adding turmeric to her diet her eyes are clear as glass.

So thankful I found this remedy. Hope this helps!

Replied by Tauni

How do you use the turmeric? do you sprinkle on your dogs food? or in a capsule? and how much to help with cataract?

Replied by Kay Lee
(San Diego, Ca)

That's amazing. What brand turmeric are you using? Thank you!

Replied by El
(Toronto, Canada)

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.

Replied by Linda
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

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.

Wheat Sprout Extract

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Posted by Steve N (Westlake Village, Ca) on 08/25/2018

I purchased wheat sprout extract and started giving it to my dog that has cataracts. Today my wife excitedly commented that the cloudiness in the dogs eyes was gone - no white/grey milkiness was visible. My wife was surprised since I hadn't told her that I had started giving the dog the wheat sprout extract. I looked at the dog's eyes and two dark eyes looked back at me. I hadn't even bothered to check the dogs eyes since I had only given her the wheat sprout extract for 6 days. I was hoping that maybe at the end of 30 days, that there might be some visible improvement. What an amazing change in so short of time.

Since the wheat sprout extract is 4:1, I gave only 1/4 teaspoon once a day.

Wheat Grass Reverses Cataract-Associated Cloudy Lenses

It also restores the thymus gland. Here is the abstract for the wheat sprout study:​


Neonatal thymus graft and thymus calf extract (TME) in vivo treatment exert similar corrective actions on different mouse age-related alterations. The aim of the present paper is to investigate whether a vegetal extract, wheat sprout extract (WESPRE), could mimic the thymus action on recovering age-related alterations and if this extract can cure an age-associated pathology, the cataract in dogs. Present experiments were carried out by using WESPRE and TME in vivo in old mice to check their ability to recover the altered DNA synthesis in hepatocyte primary cultures. Old mice treated with WESPRE and TME showed a recovery of hepatocyte DNA synthesis levels when compared with the old untreated ones. The increase of DNA and protein contents observed in aged animals is reduced by WESPRE treatments to levels observed in young mice hepatocytes. We measured also WESPRE phosphorylation activity by endogenous kinase: it was from 10 to 40 times higher with respect to wheat seeds. Old dogs were orally treated for a month and the lens opacity analysed before and after the treatment. Results showed a reduction from 25 to 40% of lens opacity. The efficacy of wheat sprouts in the recovery of age-related alterations and in treating age-associated pathologies could be due to the contemporary presence of small regulatory acid peptides, a remarkable level of highly energetic phosphoric radicals and antioxidant molecules, peculiarities that may be, to some extent, related to the aging process regulation.

Replied by Anne

Is the wheat sprout extract a powder or liquid? is it the same as wheat grass powder?

Replied by helen

Sorry, I know this is 2 years later, but I am wondering if this was a Dr wheatgrass? and did you give this orally? Thank you for your time. I have a 14 yr old Standard Poodle. Looking forward to hearing from you.



Did you try Dr Wheatgrass? Trying to figure this stuff out before it's too late,