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    DefaultCataracts?

    Hey, all! I have a 5 1/2 year old black Labbie, Tank, and I'm afraid that a cataract is forming in his left eye. :'( It appears to be slightly cloudy? It seemed to just "appeared" today--didn't notice it yesterday.

    Does anyone have any advice on what to do for him?

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    Make an appointment with an ACVO

    http://www.acvo.org/locate_an_ophthalmologist.htm



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    If it's just appeared I'd wonder if maybe he hurt his eye somehow? My family's older dog developed cataracts in her later years but they came on very gradually. Not sure if that's the norm or not though, maybe take a trip into your vet.
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    A sudden cloudiness like that could possibly be glaucoma, which is very painful.

    Best to see a veterinary specialist as 'labby' said.

    In the meantime have your local vet look at it and be sure that that the vet does a 'pressure check' on both eyes.
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    Thanks to all for the replies! Tank doesn't seem to be in any pain--no excessive watering, or anything. Hopefully, he's going to see the Vet this week.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the advice! It's very helpful.

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    I have not related Auggie's experience with glaucoma.... One evening the end of Aug. both her lower eyelids were very droopy and showing vivid pink on the lining of the lower lids; the right lower eyelid drooped first and then three hours later the left eyelid was drooping too. I called our vet who recommend Benadryl. The next morning her lower lids looked the same - except that the right eye now looked CLOUDY!
    We got to the vet by 8am, he checked the pressures which were right eye 53 and left eye 13. (normal is supposedly below 24) And his opinion was that the right eye was already blind. After a phone consult with the U of MN ophthalmology dept., we immediately started eye drops in that right eye. She also did not really show any signs of pain.

    To cut to the chase, after evaluation at the U of MN, Auggie's right eye was removed on
    Oct.1,08. She has a type of inherited glaucoma and shows the same defect in her left eye (Goniodysgenesis) although the pressure in the left eye has been remaining well within the normal pressure range. We have been proscribed drops for her remaining eye to hopefully postpone as long as possible the inevitable development of glaucoma in her remaining eye.

    Immediately after her eye was removed, the change in her activity level and demeanor was dramatic, it even seemed like her hearing had improved 70%! What we were attributing to old age (she will be 13 the end of Dec.), lack of interest, getting really hard of hearing, sleeping really a lot, her balance seeming to be a bit off, was just her way of trying to handle the horrendous pain she was suffering in that right eye.

    Be sure and get Tank's eye pressures checked as soon as possible; like the first thing tomorrow morning! Most veterinarians will have the eye pressure gauge (which looks like a 'shapie' pen on steroids).

    I relate this to you to impress upon you the urgent nature of a cataract/cloudy look appearing "suddenly". Please do not guess; at least rule out the possibility of glaucoma right away.

    I sincerely hope that Tank's eye problem turns out to be something that is minor.

    Please keep us updated....

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    Eye's are not something you mess around with not matter what.
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    Hey hey!

    Dad took Tank to the Vet today for his eye (and, secondarily, for a shaky hind leg that he's been having). As as sidenote, my lovely boy was able to lose a whopping 30 lbs, and is now down to his ideal weight of 109 lbs.

    Anyways, the vet diagnosed Tank with a cholesterol build-up on his eye (Corneal Dystrophy, I think?). They did a blood test (results will be in tomorrow), and they think that the Tonk might have a thyroid problem (if it is his thyroid, then the vet believes that his shaky legs are due to that, as well). If the cholesterol build-up is due to his thyroid, the vet said that it would be very treatable and fairly inexpensive. So! Good news, good news, praise God! Also, he's got a very mild case of hip dysplasia (as expected), so we'll be starting him on joint supplement starting.

    All in all, it was a very encouraging report. Thanks to EVERYONE for the advice!

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    Oh, thank you for getting back to us with an update. :-*

    I have been thinking of your Tank all day and am very relieved and glad to learn that your vet is on top of the situation and that Tank's prognosis is so good.
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    Thanks so much for the well wishes, talleyJudy! They mean a whole lot to The Tank and me.

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