Blindness

Glaucoma – Very painful, increased pressure of the fluids in the eye that damages the optic nerve and retina. Cataracts – Painless cloudiness of the eye lens that produces partial or complete blindness. Diabetes – One in 10 dogs is diabetic and 75% of them end up blind old age. Breed-specific - Certain breeds such as Spaniels, Siberian Huskies, Malamutes, Shar-Peis, Poodles, Great Danes, Dachshunds, Dalmatians, Chow Chows, Bassett Hounds, Beagles, German Shepherds, Chihuahuas, and Shih Tzus are predisposed Infection Injury Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) - An inherited disorder that causes retinal deterioration Suddenly acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) – Painless and impossible to cure with no known reasons as of yet.

Symptoms:

  • Bumping into things
  • Jumpiness
  • Apprehensive during play
  • Unable to find water, food, and toys
  • Confusion
  • Not wanting to go outside
  • Depression Sleeping more than usual
  • Anxiousness
  • Eye redness
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Cloudiness of the eyes

Common Causes: 

Glaucoma – Very painful, increased pressure of the fluids in the eye that damages the optic nerve and retina. Cataracts – Painless cloudiness of the eye lens that produces partial or complete blindness. Diabetes – One in 10 dogs is diabetic and 75% of them end up blind old age. Breed-specific - Certain breeds such as Spaniels, Siberian Huskies, Malamutes, Shar-Peis, Poodles, Great Danes, Dachshunds, Dalmatians, Chow Chows, Bassett Hounds, Beagles, German Shepherds, Chihuahuas, and Shih Tzus are predisposed Infection Injury Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) - An inherited disorder that causes retinal deterioration Suddenly acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) – Painless and impossible to cure with no known reasons as of yet.

Preventative Measures:

All orange coloured foods, such a carrots and pumpkin, are rich in carotene and good for your dogs eyes. Green leafy vegetables, such as kale, are packed with phytonutrients and can benefit the eye health of your dog greatly. We further recommend berries (having antioxidants) and fish (being rich in omega fatty acids), for optimal optic health.

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