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Why did my dog’s eye turn blue?
What would cause a dog’s eye to turn blue?
Lenticular sclerosis or nuclear sclerosis is the medical term for a bluish transparent haze that develops in the lens of the eye in middle-aged to senior dogs. This is considered a normal change in the lens associated with aging, and is observed as a cloudiness or bluish discoloration on the pupil.
Does a blue eye mean a dog is blind?
In some dog breeds, blue eyes can be an indicator of possible vision defects. However, they do not necessarily mean a blue-eyed dog will eventually go blind. While Siberian Huskies and other breeds normally have blue eyes, in other breeds this eye color occurs when two merle-colored dogs produce offspring.
How can you tell if your dog is going blind?
Signs that your dog is losing his eyesight can be quite obvious. He might bump into walls or furniture or have trouble locating his food or toys. He might stop making eye contact with you. The signs can also be subtler, such as being reluctant to jump on or off the couch, a new level of anxiety, or becoming clingy.
How long does a dog eye injury take to heal?
Corneal abrasions generally heal within three to five days. Medication is used to prevent bacterial infections (ophthalmic antibiotic drops or ointment) and to relieve spasm and pain (ophthalmic atropine drops or ointment).
How can I treat my dog’s eye infection at home?
Home remedies such as non-medicated sterile saline rinses can flush the eye but are only a short-term solution if your dog already has an infection. Saline rinses are a good idea if you’re seeing just a little clear discharge and a little redness.
Do dogs with blue eyes have sight problems?
Blue eyes does not indicate that your dog will eventually go blind, deaf, or have any other genetic defects. Variation in pigmentation in the iris can occur for varying reasons, and doesn’t necessarily point to health concerns.
Do dogs with blue eyes have problems?
Genetically, blue eyes are typically no indication of health issues; however, dogs with genetically blue eyes have been linked to having hearing impairments, according to Washington State University.
Do blue eyed dogs have problems?
Blue eyes or partially blue eyes can occur in any color dog. Eye defects caused by the merle gene are due to having two copies of the merle gene. Cataracts and distichiasis are the most common eye diseases in Aussies.
What breed of dog goes blind?
Dachshunds, miniature schnauzers, and mutts are at higher-than-average risk for the disease as well, according to research reported on by PetMD. Cataracts, meanwhile, are more common in miniature poodles, cocker spaniels, miniature schnauzers, golden retrievers, Boston terriers, and Siberian huskies.
Is it cruel to keep a blind dog alive?
It is not necessarily cruel to keep a blind dog alive. Most vets say dogs cope well if they go blind or are born blind. Owners in the main also say that dogs adapt well to losing their eyesight and continue to live a full, happy lives once they are used to being blind.
Can a dog’s eyesight be restored?
If two dogs are any indication, veterinary researchers may have found a cure for a previously incurable disease that causes dogs to go blind suddenly. In the past six weeks, two dogs have been successfully treated for sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome by a veterinary ophthalmologist.
Can a dog eye injury heal on its own?
The vast majority of corneal injuries are fairly minor and respond really well to simple treatment. This usually involves a short course of antibiotic eye drops and some painkillers for a week or so.
When should I take my dog to the vet for eye injury?
However, if your dog’s eye has a noticeable wound on or around it, perhaps accompanied by blood, it’s best you get it checked out. Other symptoms of eye injuries include squinting, twitching or spasming of the eyelid, pawing at the eye area, blinking rapidly, or excessive tearing.
How do I know if my dogs eye injury is serious?
If you see any of the following signs, rush your pet to the closest emergency veterinarian.
- Extreme pain and/or refusal to allow the area to be examined.
- Discharge, blood, or other fluids oozing from the eye.
- Changes in color in any part of the eye.
- Displacement of the eye within the socket.