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1. Cataracts are the most common cause. Cataracts are a clouding of the eye lens. They take place when the normal mechanics of the lens is altered, as well as the regular balance of water and protein in the eye, enabling excess water to get into the lens. The eye has a whitish cloudiness to it. In the event the cataracts have advanced sufficiently, your dog may well show signs of vision loss.
Most senior dogs at some point acquire a blue-gray color as opposed to a white color on their eyes. Some people often mistake this development for cataracts, it is a great deal more probably that your dog actually have a condition referred to as nuclear stenosis, which has little effect on the dog's ability to see.
The only real cure for cataracts is to have the lens removed surgically. But should your dog has diabetes or you have an elderly dog that is failing in health, it might be best to merely get treatment for any inflammation that the cataracts have caused and naturally, to take as many steps as you possibly can to restore your elderly pets overall health.
Older dogs are especially vulnerable to conjunctivitis or "Pink eye", which is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the tissue that surrounds the eyeball and eyelids. This well-known canine eye ailment has many causes, including bacterial or viral infections, foreign bodies in the eye, irritation from shampoos and dips, or possibly allergies, and a wide range of other underlying eye diseases.
2. Conjunctivitis. A dog with conjunctivitis exhibits very apparent signs of discomfort in the eye area. Redness will appear in the white parts of the eye and, or the eyelids, your dog may squint or perhaps paw at the affected eye. The eye will more than likely produce a discharge, although the nature of the discharge typically depends on the main cause of the conjunctivitis.
To treat conjunctivitis, the vet will try and find out what brought on the condition in the first place. If the veterinarian can determine the cause, treatment would be determined by his findings. The vet will start out by soothing the pain your pet is feeling. If the veterinarian does not discover an exact cause, he generally prescribes a topical antibiotic and or corticosteroid to decrease irritation and eliminate the infection. Conjunctivitis clears up relatively fast if the actual cause is discovered and eliminated. If the cause is unknown, remedy of the symptoms tends to be slow.