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Old 12-06-2017, 04:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cataracts in 9yr old Lab

My 9yr old Maxine is suffering badly with cataracts in both eyes.
It's heartbreaking to see her bumping into things and loosing her footing by tripping over things when out walking.
I have had to result to putting her on the lead to give her a little more confidence while walking beside me.
I also have two other black Labs, one her twin brother who has perfect vision and another 7yr old.
I'm just looking for peoples opinions as to whether to try and see if there's an operation available for her?
Worried about the risk of anesthetic on an 9yr old and the problems involved, but if there's a chance to rectify her vision and help her I'd do it yesterday!
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Some kinds of cataract can be operated on. But also, at 9 years old operations become a rather more serious risk than with a younger dog. So think very seriously before going ahead. I have had Labradors operated on at that age, and even one at 10, but they were a life or death situation so nothing to loose. I've had two blind Labradors, Katy, like yours lacked confidence when out and always wanted to be in contact, either on lead or with my hand on her steering her. In doors I never moved anything and she soon got use to the layout. In the garden she tended to move slowly almost feeling her way. She lived out another 4 years. Prof. Peter Bedford was the pioneer of cataract surgery for dogs, and at the time when he was working on it we held shows to raise the money to buy him a phacoemulsifier. The removal is not as straight forward as for humans.
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Old 13-06-2017, 09:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply.
I know there's a lot to think about, but just feel that she may have another 3-4yrs ahead and to continue like she is now, bumping and banging and stumbling every time she misses a hole or stone just isn't fair if there is something that can be done for her now.
Not sure, but first contact I think has to be with my local vet and then maybe a referral to an ophthalmologist who can give me a better idea as to what's involved and what the risks are.
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