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Beth Bair
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My boy Jake will be 7 in December. On of his eyes has a cloudy area in it. It doesn't cover the eye completely. At first it just looks like a glare in his eye. Both of his eyes have been discharging more than usual, but so have the other 2 dogs in my house, so I don't think that is a symptom of the eye thing. I have read that with a cataract in one eye that surgery isn't necessary. I have an appt on Sat to make sure that it is a cataract and not something more. Do you guys have any thoughts of what else it may be? And do you agree that my boy will be fine without surgery for the time being if it is a regular cataract? I always like other peoples opinions and thoughts before I go to the vet. It helps me ask the right questions.
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Well.... it is a little early (but not a lot) for cateracts... It's pretty common for dogs as they age to get them, or at least to get that haze starting. As far as the tearing/discharge.... probably fall pollens. Check a local pollen count froman allergy clinic.... with all three doing the same thing, that would be my guess... I wouldn't worry to much about it....

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I had a Brittany with cataracts in both eyes since she was about that age till she passed at 17 1/2 years . My vet said as long as she doesn't appear to be impaired , such as running into things and losing quality of life leave them alone . You know what , I still feel guilty to this day for not having them lasered . It only cost about 500 per eye . Heck I spend that on a new bow every year . I guess it depends on a person's finances . They can function pretty well leaving them be .Good rule , always get a second opinion when it comes to important medical decisions . Weigh the risks and the improvement of life quality . I wish they had implantable hearing aids for dogs , I would probably buy some 8) Dave

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money isn't an issue for me, well it is, but i will find a way. someone told me about all the drops you have to put in the eyes for days or weeks. the issue is, my boy can be mean... and i dread having to do that, i will, but i dread it. him being mean is a whole other issue. he's not mean to me, but if i have to do the drops he might turn.

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Post by Karen_P »

From what my vet has said, some subtle changes in the eyes is common as dogs age. It's one of the ways they estimate age in a rescue. From what I've been told, age related changes in the eyes typically start around 6 yrs old.

You may be thinking about drops for glaucoma though. A dog that's been diagnosed with glaucoma typically needs drops several times a day to keep the pressure down in the eye.

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Post by Beth Bair »

I did read about the eyes "hardening" as they age. And it showed a picture of that compared to an eye with a cataract, I can't tell which one it is. I guess either way, my boy is getting old. But, my gosh he hasn't slowed a bit.

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We didn't know our britt wasn't seeing well until a routine check up. She gets around just fine, it's the hearing she can't do well anymore. Dave, it brightens my heart to hear you had a 17 yr old, we figure our old girl to be around 15 or so, she is failing, but I am a little more hopeful for more time now!

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After having a dog with cataracts they look like a bit of white quartz crystal . They will actually reflect a light like a mirror . Take a pen light in almost dark and shine it on the eye . It looks like a milky mirror . I had my old girl pretty healthy and active till about two months before she passed . Her poor old kidneys quit :cry: I've never had a pet with the will to live like her . She is the reason I do rescue . She was my first rescue and gave me ten years of total companionship :) Hang in there Beth and keep us posted . Dave

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Beth: If you have to start using eye drops you will have a lot less trouble administering them if you WARM the drops first :idea: Remember that a dogs' temperature is normally about 101 degrees, so if you take room temperature medications (or even worse, from the refrigerator) and put them in the eyes, or ears, it is COLD, and hurts :!: Put the bottle or tube of medication in a hot cup of water and let it sit for about 5 minutes to get warm...even test a little on your wrist like you would a baby formula...if it feels warm to you that is probably close enough and will be comfortable for the dog. Warm drops are quite soothing. One caution DO NOT MICROWAVE, much too easy to over heat and/or screw up the med :!:

When you have to take a dogs' temperature rectally it also helps to warm the thermometer in your hand for just a minute or so first (definitely first :roll: ...even if you hold it longer it won't rise above 98 degrees (normal human temp and as long as you don't have a temp :wink: and will still allow an accurate indication of temp for the dog. I haven't found too many dogs that actually object to a rectal thermometer, but if it is warm it is more likely that they probably won't even really feel it.

Just a couple tips that make it easier for us to do ministrations and make it more comfortable and less stressful for the dog 8)

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Post by Beth Bair »

Thanks Barb... It's depressing to think my boy is getting old.
11:30 on Sat is the appt.

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Beth, I wouldn't worry about old age issues in a 7yr.old Britt. Typically they really don't start showing old age problems till they are past 12 . My old dog Angie really hasn't slowed that much and she is 14 . The cloudy eye thing seemed to appear after10 -11 yrs . on mine and I've had a few seniors the last 4 yrs. with rescues and my own . It is almost refreshing to have a youngster now . I consider 7 to be in the prime of their lives :) I didn't mean to imply guilt about the cataract issue , I just felt guilty for not doing my old girl who lived to 17 1/2 . They actually cope very well with them . Hang in there, and you are a good owner to notice . :) Dave

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Okay.... It's not a cataract, glaucoma, scratch or the normal hardening of the eye that happens with age. We think he hit his head in the front and injured his eye, sort of like a bruise. This I can believe because he goes head first into our deck railings after lizards on a regular basis. It was getting so bad that now we don't allow him on the deck. Jake is really a ADHD dog and goes head first into everything. So, for a week we are trying an ointment and if the haziness doesn't go away off to the eye specialist we go. Thanks all for your help..... Maybe he should wear a helment.

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