You’re running around in the yard when you notice that blue tint in Fido’s eyes. He is getting older. Does that mean your pet is having trouble seeing?
While glasses might make for a fun Instagram post, corrective lenses won’t help Fido see better.
As they age, eye problems in dogs and cats become more common. But that doesn’t mean that they’re slowing down. I’ve put together this guide to help you understand how to keep your senior cats and dogs happy.
Eye Problems in Dogs and Cats
Any time you notice changes in your pet’s vision, contact your veterinarian first. While it’s normal for dog and cat vision to change with age, it can also be a symptom of another disease.
Hypertension, diabetes, and even feline leukemia can cause vision problems, so it’s important that your vet determines whether there is an underlying issue making Fluffy bump into walls.
Cat eye problems can include glaucoma and cataracts. Senior cats are prone to eye infections that can affect their vision. If Fluffy looks like she’s crying, the vet might need to give her some antibiotic eye drops to clear the infection.
You might see a hazy blue tint appearing in Fido’s eyes and grow concerned. Cataracts and nuclear sclerosis are also common dog eye problems.
Nuclear sclerosis refers to the cloudiness you see in a dog’s eye. It is caused by fibers growing into the lens. It doesn’t cause blindness and is a normal part of aging.
Cataracts are more serious and do create vision loss. They aren’t painful but could require invasive treatment. Your vet can help determine what vision loss treatment is best for your furry friend.
How to Help
If your little golden girl is only having age-related vision trouble, there are plenty of ways to help her at home. A few senior pet tips can help make the home more comfortable for a pet with vision trouble.
Remove access to any dangerous areas in the home. This might mean installing a baby gate or closing doors.
Keeping your pet’s living space clean and consistent will help. Your pet will be able to predict where furniture and walls are. Staying active helps keep our seniors healthy, but we don’t want them to bump into the couch while running to greet the person at the door.
Special senior pet products can help as well. Noisy, soft toys alert Fido that it’s time to play.
Senior dogs that are particularly adamant about running around with decreased vision, might benefit from wearing a leash. Leashes can be helpful both inside the house and outside if your senior friend is prone to mischief.
Keep Pets Safe and Healthy
Eye problems in dogs and cats are a part of senior pet life. Fortunately, our pets can still live happy and comfortable lives even if the eye problems cause vision loss.
We can help you find toys and supplements to help your furry friends enjoy their golden years. Take a look at these products specially curated for senior pets.