The Clumber Spaniel and Eye Problems: what do you need to know about Cataracts?

Owner's question

"Hi! My dog, Max, is a Clumber Spaniel, and I noticed his eyes look funny – like they're a little misty. I read that Clumber Spaniels are prone to eye problems. What should I do?"

Vet's answer:

"Hi! Your observations are correct, the Clumber Spaniel breed is indeed prone to eye problems, including cataracts. Cataracts are clouding of the lens of the eye, which impairs vision and can eventually cause total blindness.

Symptoms of cataracts include a cloudy or opaque appearance of the lens, the dog's uncertainty in new surroundings, sensitivity to light, or the dog "stumbling" or bumping into objects.

If you notice any of these, you should seek veterinary advice as soon as possible.

Diagnosis is usually made by examining the eye, which may involve illuminating the surface of the eye so that the doctor can see the condition of the lens. If cataracts are diagnosed, treatment options include medication and surgery.

Surgery is the most common treatment and involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens.

After surgery, most dogs show a significant improvement in their vision.

However, it is important to know that all surgical procedures carry risks and the results are individual. You can decide with your vet what is best for Max.

Although cataracts are a serious problem, many dogs live happy and fulfilling lives after treatment.

Max is lucky to have an attentive and caring owner like you!"

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