My 6 year old border collie mix was just diagnosed with cataracts. Can cataracts be cured without surgery?
Cataracts often require surgery, though the timing of the surgery may or may not be urgent. When a younger dog, such as yours, develops cataracts it is typically due to congenital issues and the cataracts often progress more rapidly requiring surgery sooner rather than later. This is also true for cataracts caused by diabetes. For an older dog, however, you may be able to slow the progression enough to delay or even eliminate the need for surgery – depending on the extent of vision impairment at the time of diagnosis and the age of the animal.
If your dog does require surgery, then prevention of future catarcts becomes a priority. Prevention and treatment both begin with the basics – a very high quality diet supplemented with additional vitamins and minerals. Diet is the foundation of good health and this is the most important thing you can do for your companion. Many chronic degenerative diseases such as cataracts develop over time as a result of inadequate nutrition and exposure to toxins in the food and environment. Please see What You Need to Know About Your Pet's Food and All About Raw Food in our Articles section. Some people are not comfortable with feeding raw food. If this is the case for you, consider dehydrated or freeze dried food to supplement the diet, or a very high quality canned food. Basically, the fresher the diet, the better it is for an animal’s health immune system.
Return to the Holistic Healthcare Library search results
Start a new Holistic Healthcare Library search
Subscribe to our email newsletter and have great articles like this delivered to your
inbox every month...
The articles and information in the Holistic Healthcare Library are presented for
informational purposes only and are not intended as an endorsement of any product.
The information is not intended to be a substitute for visits to your local veterinarian.
Instead, the content offers the reader information and opinions written by our staff,
guest authors, and/or veterinarians concerning animal health issues and animal care
© 2016 Only Natural Pet LLC - All Rights Reserved
We always offer you the lowest of the sale price, the price with a coupon code discount, or the Simplify Life automatic delivery price. You can tell which one applies because it will say "Sale Savings:" if the item is on sale and that is the lowest price, "Coupon Savings:" if you have applied a coupon code discount and that is the lowest price, or "SLP Savings:" if you have selected the Simplify Life automatic delivery program and that is the lowest price.