Many of us who have a dog in the family have lived through the angst of seeing our canine family member age and display telltale signs of aging including cataracts. Different breeds will age at difrerent rates just as they have diferent life expectancies. Smaller breeds do usually live longer and so it may seem that their health deteriorates more slowly however, we’re sometimes taken by surprise by how early some symptoms like cataracts can arise. The King Charles Spaniel a very beautiful looking little dog, and the long time favorite for the European royalty has only a lifspan of 10 years or so and their genetics are fraught with life threatenting ailments. Certain breeds have a prdisposition to develop cataracts such as the Smooth Fox Terrier, Havanese, Bichon Frise and Boston Terrier.
If you suspect your fido of having cataracts there are probably signs you are observing. Be on the lookout for these three clues
Three Ways to Know Your Dog has Cataracts
1. Cloudiness in one or both pupils
2. Bumping into walls, tripping, or failur to recognize favorite objects and some people
3. Drinking more water than usual and urinating frequently are signs of diabetes which cause cataracts.
Once you’re sure your seeing these tell tale signs of cataracts in your dog you should visit the vet for a professional assessment and recommendtion. Remember, surgery is not the only way to treat cataracts and their are other remedies available, including NAC eye drops.
Overview of NAC Eye Drops
N-acetyl-carnosine (or NAC) eye drops contain the amino acid or peptides that occur naturally in your dog’s eyes. As your dog ages his body becomes unable to synthesize this substance as normal. This aging process leads to the deterioration of vision quality, along with the development of cataracts or other vision problems.
An treatment option is to supplement your dog’s eyes with additional NAC in the form of NAC eye drops, which will help to restore the natural balance found in your pets healthy eyes. This process prevents existing cataracts from getting any worse, and generally helps to improve cataract size and obstruction of vision. In fact, a clinical trial of the medicine showed a noticeable improvement in vision in 96% of cases. Dogs with nascent or small cataracts were in some cases found to have no eye damage at all after a few weeks of treatment.
Unlike expensive and risky surgeries, NAC eye drops, on the other hand, have been shown to have minimal side effects. They are generally considered safe for use in all dogs and have been seen to be effective in most cases and across clinical studies. While they may not entirely eliminate the cataracts from your pet’s eyes, they will help to improve his vision and can delay the deterioration of his eyesight for an extended period of time.
The dosage for animals has not yet been clearly defined so most pet owners are following the same dosage recommendation for humans and are applying 3 to 4 drops per affected eye daily.
Does Your Dog Have Cataracts? How Old Was He When You Noticed? Have You Tried NAC Eye Drops?