Is cataract surgery risky for dogs?

What is the success rate of dog cataract surgery?

The long-term success rates reported in dogs following uncomplicated cataract surgery range from 85-90%. Successful surgery is defined as a visual animal with normal intraocular pressure for at least one year following surgery. Complications can occur the day of surgery, days, weeks, months, or years later.

Is cataract surgery worth it for older dogs?

Cataract surgery is not a lifesaving surgery. It is more a choice you must make if your vet indicates blindness will result. None of us want our dogs to go blind, but anti-inflammatory drugs combined with Occu-Glo may help. Sometimes cataracts can become very painful in which case surgery is the best option.

Can a 14 year old dog have cataract surgery?

The good news is that cataracts can be safely removed in dogs, just like in humans. Even if your heeler can still see adequately you should have her eyes evaluated soon. If she needs surgery, and not all dogs with cataracts do, the sooner it’s done the faster she’ll recover and the better her long term vision.

Are cataracts in dogs painful?

Gila says a dog might experience disorientation or confusion if a cataract develops quickly, but generally speaking, the cataract itself does not hurt. That said, inflammation typically accompanies cataracts, which can be painful or at least uncomfortable.

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How long is recovery for dog cataract surgery?

The initial healing period following cataract surgery in dogs is approximately 2 weeks. Throughout that period, your dog will need to wear an E-collar (cone) at all times and have their activity restricted to leash walks only.

How can I help my elderly dog with cataracts?

You vet may prescribe a medicated eye drop (typically a topical anti-inflammatory or a steroid) to reduce inflammation of the eye, though surgery to remove the cataracts is usually considered the most effective treatment for cataracts in dogs.

Why do old dogs get cataracts?

Cataracts are more common in older dogs, but genetics play the lead role in whether a pet develops cataracts. Breeds like Boston terriers, cocker spaniels, Siberian huskies, and miniature poodles are more likely to develop cataracts, sometimes even at less than a year of age.

Can you remove cataracts from dogs eyes?

Once cataracts develop in a dog’s eyes, there are no medical treatments that can reverse the cataract. In order to restore vision, cataracts must be removed surgically under general anesthesia. During surgery, the cloudy cataractous lens is removed by a process called phacoemulsification.