Today we are going to tell you about a disease that can affect any ageing dog: cataracts.
Explanation of the disease
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye which will then become increasingly white (the most advanced stage, the pupil appears completely white) which results from natural aging of the lens. In general, the disease makes itself known around 7 or 8 years old. It is possible to see that a dog is sick when you can see a blue glint in their eye, a sign of the degeneration of the lens. This so-called senile cataractwill gradually lead to a decrease in the animal's visual acuity. The consequences are not necessarily disastrous for the loss of vision is very gradual and that the dog gets used to compensating with their sense of smell and hearing.
The treatments available are based on food supplements that can slow the progression of the disease. Surgery is not often proposed in cases of senile cataracts given the advanced age of the affected dogs. Indeed anesthesia makes the operation too risky for them and the operation often leads to surgical complications.