PetMeds® Vision Problems in Dogs

How does one know when their animal companion is having trouble seeing? Certainly as pets age, they can develop degenerative diseases and conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and problems of the retina, which can affect vision. Sometimes the eye can appear cloudy or bulging with dilated pupils. Other times the eyes can be very red and/or painful. Sometimes pets have no symptoms on a physical exam at all. Glaucoma, cataracts, and problems of the retina can often affect dogs as they age

Often clients will report pets bumping into things in normally familiar surroundings. When a hand is quickly moved in front of the eyes, there is often little blink reflex, which indicates a problem with vision. Certainly with any eye symptoms as mentioned here, a physical and ophthalmologic exam with a proper ophthalmoscope is needed to assess vision and the potential causes and specific treatment of vision problems. Full blood work and blood pressure is often done to rule out systemic medical problems.

When vision problem are noted and in some cases as a preventative measure, I will often recommend supplementation with antioxidants such as Proanthozone or grape seed extract, vitamin C, as well as the herb bilberry. Vitamin A can be helpful as well, but should be dosed under direction of a veterinarian.

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  2. my dog Maggie seems to have a slite eye problem left eye l ooks like a flim over it she seem to have a deph perception walks real slow down stairs trouble jumping up on my chair any thing I can gie her to help please help

  3. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 10, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    You need to have vet exam and evaluation to see if any eye diseases or visual issues.

  4. My mini 8 yr. old dachshund has been diagnosed by the Univ. of Gainesville opthamologist for small animals with PRA. Can you tell me a medication I can give him that is not so expensive as Ocu-Glo $70. I have a list of all the ingredients if you are interested? he can’t see at night any longer but can still see a little during daylight. I need an answer ASAP.

  5. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Hi Diane. It may be worth while to consult a holistic vet in Florida like myself on long term holistic options for this. I personally would use the supplements Oculotrophin PMG, as well as OPC synergy from the company Standard process which are much more economical. The antioxidant proanthozone is also excellent for eye conditions from 1800petmeds. See my website for more info on holistic medicine http://www.doctordym.com

  6. Should we give a diabetic min pin these holistic medicines, or will this mess with her type 1 diabetes? we were told to but the ocu glo. Also, at what point of poverty do we say \this is enough, & just let our loved ones go? we have a doberman that’s 6 months older than the min pin & she was diagnosed with\ Dancing Doberman Disease\ a few yrs back. both of these dogs have cleaned out our bank accts.We have insurance on them, but it doesn’t cover these conditions & specialists. or meds. Where’s that \OBAMA CARE\ for our four legged children?

  7. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 15, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I dont think the holistic approaches or incorporating anything holistic will mess up your dog’s sugar levels. However it is always best to work with a local veterinarian familiar with holistic therapies, etc To locate one in your area, go to http://www.AHVMA.org

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