Helpful Information on Cataracts in Dogs
Genetic Factors to Cataracts in Dogs
Cataracts in dogs, cats or other companion pets is a fairly common problem with the eyes. Cataracts can result from a variety of different causes and may affect all breeds and ages of pets, although some breeds are more prone to them than others. The dog breeds with the highest cataract prevalence include American Cocker Spaniel, Bichon Frise, Boston Terrier, Havanese, Miniature Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer, Silky Terrier, Smooth Fox Terrier, Standard Poodle, and Toy Poodle. If possible, it is helpful to know if the parents were checked for inherited cataracts.
Some Facts About Cataracts
A normal lens, situated behind the pupil, is transparent and focuses light onto the retina. The retina sends the image to the brain, where vision is perceived. Cataracts form when the cells and the protein of the lens begin to deteriorate. The lens gets cloudy and the light cannot be transmitted to the retina. Cataracts are the disruption of the lens fibers resulting in the loss of transparency and reduced vision. They appear to look like a cloudy patch in the center of the eye. Although surgery is often successful, it can cost prohibitive for some pet owners.
Three main categories for Cataracts
Primary/Hereditary: This accounts for the majority of cataract cases.
Secondary: These are not necessarily inherited but caused by toxins or perhaps infections. In cats, this can occur through damage caused by fights.
Other: These may be attributed to old age or complications from Diabetes Milletus.
Antioxidant Enzymes and Ocular Health
It has been noted that the use of natural antioxidants, like those found in Nzymes Antioxidant Treats or Granules, can provide significant benefits for ocular health related to age and accumulated toxins. The Live-Food properties of the Treats or Granules provide natural resources to your pet’s body. These resources enable the production of antioxidant enzymes, such as Superoxide Dismutase, Catalase, and others.(See Article: All About Enzymes) The Treats also contain Vitamins A, C & E, plus the trace mineral, Selenium. These additional nutrients form a “Complex” of antioxidant support.
Cataracts, or Pre-Cataracts?
It should be noted, that Cataracts are irreversible. The Key, is to take action while you still can. The following is anecdotal, but still worth mentioning for our readers. We have had hundreds of examples where the Treats or Granules were purchased for a completely different reason; (joints, coat, etc) only to have our customers remark how much “Clearer” their dogs eyes had become. Many times, they had become “Cloudy” with age, but the action of the antioxidants had made a marked difference in their appearance. One of our first case examples was that of Shana, a Shepherd mix who had suffered a stroke. In addition to helping her recovery, her “dull eyes” had become much clearer after using the Antioxidant Treats.
“A Stitch in Time…”
It is our position that all aspects of health begin at the basic level of nutrient absorption and that every effort should be made to maximize that absorption to provide the best chance at optimum health. The Nzymes Antioxidant Treats or Sprouted Granules are providing an easily absorbed form of Live-Food nutrition missing from all processed foods and even raw-fed diets. Starting your pet early is a key to better health, especially if your dog is one of the breeds mentioned above, or is entering his senior years.