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.|
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.