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reme_1 asked in PetsDogs · 1 month ago

Dog with cataracts?

My little mixed poodle got diabetes and then went blind from cataracts. Is there any medication that can clear up the cataracts - even a little? I feel so guilty because I think I may have fed him the wrong foods.   I heard that some hospitals will do surgeries but they are expensive for the average person. Has anyone heard of a medication called can-c?  

6 Answers

  • J M
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    I doubt a medication can cure cataracts. Look into surgery before assuming you cannot afford it. Also, many dogs do just fine with cataracts and many blind dogs do fine.

  • 1 month ago

    That takes surgery.

  • 1 month ago

    I've had some of mine who developed old-age cataracts but as far as I know, it's not painful (glaucoma is) so provided you remember your dog doesn't have good sight, he should be fine.   There's no need to feel guilty - if he has diabetes, this is part of the condition, for some.  In any case, old age cataracts can happen, incorrect diet/diabetes, or not.    Remembering that the first, main, sense is smell, provided lyou don't move furniture around etc., your dog should be fine.   Personally I'd not put a dog through cataract surgery, whether do-able, or not.

    We've only had two dogs that were totally blind, the first took a face full of crop spray when ony 5 and went blind within 48 hours.   We let him go as he wasn't coping at all, this being so sudden.  Our vet felt it was the kindest option.  We had his eyes checked post-mortem and it was the crop spray - massive irritation back there.   The second went blind in her old age.  Once she headed off in the wrong direction and I had to do a sprint to catch her before she reached the road.   But otherwise she coped.

    As for treatment, be guided by what your vet suggests - and if you are not satisfied, or can't trust what's said, take a second opinion.   And this applies to whether or not to try can-c.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No, there is no such surgery.  Guilty accomplishes nothing.  I'm sure if you had been aware of the issue you would have sought treatment

    My dog has age-related cataracts. I have pet insurance, but my Vet advises against the surgery because she is diabetic.

    The research on "can C" is interesting.  There appear to be very varying opinions.  One sight says it can "work to dissolve/resolve" cataract issues.  The other says it's useless.  What does your Vet say?  My dog went to a Veterinarian who specialized in eye problems in dogs and recommended eye drops. Is there a specialist where you are?

    I also owned a blind dog, and as long as I kept things the same there were no problems.

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  • 1 month ago

    diabetic dogs need daily care to control blood glucose which left untreated causes serious damage, kidney, heart, stroke, eyes and death..

    if the diabetes is kept in check and under control the dog lives a normal life, this involves 2xdaily urine or blood testing for glucose (not difficult) and insulin injection accordingly, not difficult.

    foods were not responsible for your dogs cataracts.

  • 1 month ago

    I had never heard of this product and while I understand (holistically speaking) body-wide DIET CAUSED inflammation, I cannot tell if this is as good as promised ...or like so many (anti-wrinkle) products, just a sham.  You ought to consult a vet, perhaps find a holistic vet, for advice. your regular vet cannot do any cataract surgery, so it is no skin off his or her nose, to help advise you on this.

    Of course, you can order online with NO (RX) -which concerns me as to how good an OTC product is.  (I also see they "encourage" its use for 3-6 months at $40 bucks a box (plus shipping). But I also see OTHER eye drops for dogs with similar claims:

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