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Is Your Pet Suffering From Vision Loss?

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By    |   Monday, 23 May 2016 04:48 PM

Even pet owners who are vigilant when it comes to noticing changes in their pets’ behaviors can miss the subtle signs of vision loss in a cat or dog, writing them off as silly or a weird habit.

Dr. Susan Carastro, a prominent veterinary ophthalmologist in South Florida, noted that the biggest sign of animal vision loss is when “they have a more difficult time navigating the environment without making mistakes.”

“Pets will slow down, be more cautious in their steps, or become less playful,” Carastro explained. “They may trip, stumble, and have an overall harder time getting around. Some pets may even bump into walls or fall into pools.”

If you notice these signs in your pet, it’s best to take the animal for a vision check. By finding out what’s causing the vision loss problems, the owner and veterinarian can begin the necessary steps to try and help Fido or Fluffy.

Many times, vision loss can be improved, but in other cases, it can only be prevented from getting worse. But, in either case, it’s best to know as early as possible.

Carastro noted certain breeds of animals are more likely to have vision loss issues.

“Pekingese dogs, like pugs and Shih Tzu’s, are much more prone to corneal injuries,” she explained. “In these breeds, common signs of vision loss include squinting and even rubbing their eyes.”

The most important thing, Carastro said, is to be on the lookout for indications of vision loss in a pet. Dogs and cats can develop eye diseases, just like people do, and so it is important not to pass over any concerns or gut feelings.

“If you have a feeling that there might be something wrong, act on it… Dogs can’t wear glasses,” she notes.

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