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RE: Re: OT animal cataracts

I'm with Jim, I could not believe the difference cataract surgery made for
me.  It was like someone turning on a light in a very dark room.  If you can
find a way to afford it at all, I'd go for the surgery.  

We had a male bulldog that went blind, but he was an older animal.  He cried
so pitifully because he kept bumping into things and couldn't find his
bearings.  (This from a dog that didn't act like anything was wrong when he
had gotten under a chain link fence and torn half his jowl off!)  If we
could have restored his sight for him, we would certainly have done so.
(Eventually, he also lost his hearing and continence, too.  He was so
terribly miserable, and got so weak, (he was afraid to move or exercise)
that we had to have him put to sleep.

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of james singer
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2004 4:27 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: OT animal cataracts

Can;t tell you about a cat, Libby, but for me, a cataract operation was 
like seeing again. Short laser operation, lens implants, no strain, no 

On Sunday, February 15, 2004, at 04:07 PM, Libby Valentine wrote:

> Anybody had the misfortune to have to deal with cataracts in a young 
> animal
> (cat in this case), or had a blind pet?
> Took the most recent addition in for his checkup - we took him in a 
> year ago
> Thanksgiving and best guess is he's 3-4 years old.  He's a totally 
> indoor
> cat since rescue.  Vet says he now has cataracts in both eyes, probably
> hereditary.  She wants me to take him to an animal opthamologist and 
> go the
> surgery route.  I do not necessarily think that's the best idea:
> considering just logistics there are only 4 specialists in the state, 
> all an
> hour or more away, and the surgery requires pre-op visits and testing,
> surgery, serious post-op care, and a ton of follow-up visits.  Along 
> with a
> very large price tag, I understand.
> The alternative is he slowly goes blind - from reading I understand 
> this is
> much less traumatic for dogs/cats than humans, but still...  I have
> reinstated the vitamin C supplement and am also adding a small amount 
> of
> antioxidant to his breakfast.
> I'm thinking to wait 6 months then take him to my other vet for a 
> status
> check and another opinion.
> Any experiences to share would be appreciated,
> Libby
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Island Jim
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Zone 10

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