When you think of dogs and eyes, you probably believe that dogs have very keen vision. It is hard to imagine dogs that cannot see because of the varied conditions and diseases that affect their vision including growing older.
Causes of Dog Eye Problems
Dogs are actually susceptible to many things that hurt their ability to see. Cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma, blindness, retinal degeneration, and nuclear sclerosis affect millions of dogs each year. Eye trauma from a bite or injury can also cause blindness. Hereditary conditions are also a contributing factor to dog blindness.
Given the particular cause of your dog’s eye problems, there are things that you can do to help them either regain their eyesight through surgery or support their vision with daily supplements. As we found out with our dog Winnie, you do have options when it comes to your dog’s eye health. And, if you are like us, you will want to know all your options – just as if you were getting help for a child or another loved one.
What you can do about dog vision problems
If you suspect that something is affecting your dog’s vision, your first call should be to your primary veterinarian. He or she can determine if the vision issue is caused by trauma or something else. If your vet suspects that your dog is developing cataracts for example, he or she will probably refer you to a local veterinary ophthalmologist for further testing.
You do have options after diagnosis from a vet ophthalmologist. You can be referred to a specialist at another facility, a university vet hospital or a specialty clinic. When you need a second or third opinion, these are the places to go to find an expert on your dog’s particular case. What you should be aware of is that there are people who have dedicated their lives to helping dogs see better no matter what is causing their eye problems; these are the people that you will want to find as they will best be able to provide you with options and potential solutions for your dog.
A brief note….
Throughout this site, we have avoided mentioning the name of the team that we had that worked miracles on Winnie’s eyes. If you are facing an unusual dog eye and vision problems situation and your vet and his/her team cannot offer you a solution or you are not confident of the options they have given you and want a second or third opinion, please contact us using the contact page. We will be happy to provide you with their contact information privately. Especially if your dog has PRA, we want to help you find the best solution for your dog.