Helpful Information on 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.
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.
There are 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.
It has been noted that the use of natural antioxidants, like Nzymes Antioxidant Treats or Granules, can provide significant benefits for cataracts related to age and accumulated toxins. The use of Nzymes Ox-E-Drops, diluted to a 2% solution, can help boost immune health as eye drops. At any rate, 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.
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