Careracts

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  1. big dave

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    Our lovely little bichon freise has cateracts in both eyes and has now gone blind we love him dearly and have had estimates of almost £4200 to have this operation carried out . Teddy is almost 16 but to us he is still our baby I feel heartbroken for him
    I am torn between should I put him through it or not i can't see him suffer mutch longer it's so easy for some people who have never had a dog to say put him down
    perhaps you could advise us at this very difficult time .
     
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    How much is his quality of life suffering?

    Is he fit and well apart from the cataracts? At 16 would he be able to withstand the surgery?

    Could you walk him by getting him to follow his nose?

    Just trying to be helpful ..... it's such a hard decision.
     
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    Not sure about blindness but when our labrador went deaf it did not bother him at all.

    Dogs have a different view to us about life and I am sure if you show him continuing love and kindness he will get on just fine.
     
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    Really feel for you, it's the hardest decision anyone can make.

    You have to be strong enough to do what is right for them whatever you may feel for yourself.

    Your pets quality of life is paramount, as long as they have a good quality/pain free life then it's fine, they rely on their best friends to make the right decisions for them in payment for their loyalty.

    16 is a great age how would the surgery affect him?
     
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    There's no easy answer to your dilemma but, our old Collie went blind when she developed diabetis & it never bothered her at all. As long as things weren't moved in the garden or in the house she managed perfectly well. She would even run in the park, presumably because she could smell the tree's before she got to them.
     
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    First of all,having two dogs of our own,I know how you are feeling.I know several people who have had cataracts removed (the oldest being 80 ) and they were all extremely happy with the result ! I know your boy is old in human years too and only you and yours can decide if this is right for him -I wish you all our very best wishes and any help we can give,if any at all.in your difficult decision.x
     
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    Our little JackRussell has the same, she's 15 and we were told that it would cost £4000 to remove the cataracts.
    She is doing fine at the moment and seems to use her nose more, occasionally she will bump into things but she manages.

    John.
     
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    Not a dog but my cat went blind in the latter stages of his life... Not a bit bothered.
    Personally I feel the stress of undergoing surgery will cause your pet more stress than losing his sight.
     
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    Yes - for humans they now do the cataracts in 20 minutes under local. (I've just had one done) Animals would have to have a general - which is a strain on the heart and lungs anyway whether you are 1 or 81.

    I think I'd avoid generals if poss at that great age - might cause more probs than it solves quite frankly.
     
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    one of my dogs is nearly blind but not through cataracts she was just born with eye problems. now aged nearly 5 she just gets on with life. dogs are like that though and just adapt
    if you are worried maybe consider buying or making your dog a halo. This attaches to the collar and puts a ring round their face to prevent them banging their head on obstacles
     
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    I would not risk it at his age, so long as he is happy being guided by you.
    As MrAmbulancekidd says, Gemma could sniff her way about in a park, but for the first time in her life she had to be on a lead anywhere else apart from home.
    But at the end of the day it is your call, you know your dog and only you can judge what the best solution is, you clearly love the wee soul and will take the best option.
    Nothing anybody says is relevant unless you agree with it. x
     
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    Thank you all for your views it's a big help to us we will carry on and give him all our love and attention.
     
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    One down-side of getting the cataracts removed is that it could 'scare' the dog in the sense that if he can suddenly see clearly he will notice EVERYTHING - having got gradually used to things being dull to be suddenly thrust into a very bright and 'visually active' world could be very frightening.

    At his age I'd leave well alone ... we've had older dogs with cataracts and they get on fine as they are - certainly IMV not worth the risk of the op on his health.
     
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    Our Bichon developed diabetes and cataracts at age 7. He had such a positive attitude that he coped well even chasing a ball with a bell in it. If the furniture was always in the same place he navigated well round the house. Sadly the diabetes was too severe in the end. We had considered eye surgery and would have gladly paid but decided not to and that was probably best for the time he had left.
     

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