As we grow accustomed to our pets being around all of the time, we can sometimes be caught off guard by their aging. It is only when we notice certain indicators of aging that we realize that our pets may need additional care. At the Animal Eye Clinic of Pensacola, we want to help make your dog’s golden years more enjoyable by restoring his or her vision. As your veterinary ophthalmology specialist, we will work on any issues related to cataracts and preserve your dog’s vision to the best of our ability.
Why Cataracts Develop
Your pet’s cataracts may be a product of a disease, such as diabetes. On the other hand, your pet’s cataracts may be a natural byproduct of the aging process. Even if your pet has been relatively healthy for a long time, they are still likely to develop cataracts at some point. However, cataracts are not exclusive to older dogs. A young pup may inherit the condition from its parents.
What to Do if You Suspect Your Dog Has Cataracts
If you want to be certain that the cloudiness of your pet’s eyes is due to cataracts as opposed to a different kind of condition, our pet eye doctor will assist you. Our veterinary ophthalmology specialist will evaluate your pet’s eyes to determine whether or not cataracts are present.
The next course of action will depend on the severity of your pet’s condition. Cataract surgery is typically recommended once our vet has determined that the changes in your dog’s eyes are indeed related to cataracts. After confirming that surgery will be required, you can proceed to prep your pet for cataract extraction. Consult with our veterinary ophthalmology specialist regarding how to prepare your pet for the upcoming operation.
How to Care for Your Dog Following the Cataract Surgery
Typically, your pet will be required to wear a protective collar for about a month following surgery. Their level of activity will be limited while they heal. There will be postoperative medications to help prevent infection, control inflammation, prevent pressure spikes, and maintain comfort.
Pet Eye Doctor in Pensacola
At Animal Eye Clinic of Pensacola, our veterinary ophthalmology specialist has years of experience performing cataract surgery. For more information about the cataract extraction procedure or to schedule an appointment, call us at (850) 860-4160.