02-2012 February

Pet of the Month
Due to technical delays in posting last month’s Pet of the Month- we wish to extend her recognition an additional month on our website. Krystal may not be your typical pet, but she’s a favorite feathered patient at LMAH.

Dental Month Continues!
Dont miss out -our February dental cleaning special is extended until March 31, 2012. Call for an appointment at 645-3116.

Ask Dr. Debbie
Q: My 8 year old Poodle was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes and the veterinarian recommended surgery to remove them, but the surgery is expensive. How successful is cataract surgery in dogs and is it worth the price?

apr12A: Cataracts are a cloudy change in the lens that blocks light to the retina and disrupts vision. Cataracts are common in older pets, diabetic pets, and some breeds predisposed to cataracts such as Poodles, Schnauzers, Siberian Husky, Terriers, Golden retriever and Labrador retrievers.

Here’s the scoop on what you need to know about cataract surgery in dogs

Cataract surgery is performed by veterinary eye specialists using high-tech equipment and years of specialized training- so no, it isn’t inexpensive- but it can dramatically improve the quality of life. Costs may vary on your location and availability of specialists, but can cost over $2000 an eye.

Cataract surgery is quite successful in restoring vision with over 85% return to vision.

Complications of cataract surgery may occur in 5-10% of patients and can include: infections, corneal ulcers, glaucoma, uveitis and retinal detachment.

Be prepared for what you will need to do after surgery- Your pet must wear an Elizabethan collar, you will need to apply eye medications frequently post-op, and will need to have regular rechecks with the ophthalmologist.

For many pet owners, cataract surgery is well worth the costs to have their pet’s old lifestyle back. I encourage you to at least set a consult with a veterinary ophthalmologist to discuss your pet’s individual eye condition.

To look for veterinary ophthalmologists in your area, go to the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists website at www.acvo.org.

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