Post # 1
My poor boy is going in tomorrow for cataract surgery. He’s 8 1/2 years old, and diabetic…the diabetes caused the cataracts. He’s going to be at the vet from 8am tomorrow til 5pm Thurs night….I’m so anxious, I can’t stand it. Anyone else go through this? I’m worried about complications…the vet says he’s a great candidate, his retina is still visible and attached, and he has no inflammation, but she still made a point to discuss the “fine print” and how some animals come out blind and with other issues. I purposely scheduled it this week since I have off and can care for him. I’d love to hear from anyone else whose baby has had this surgery… :-/
Post # 3
No but I’m following this to find out more. We have a lab that has cataract in one eye since she was about a year old. She sees fine out of the other eye, and shapes and shadows out of the other. I just worry now that she’s 7 about the other eye going to. (the vet diagnosed it as a genetic disorder because she was so young when it happened)
Post # 4
Vet tech here, none of my own have had surgery but I’ve seen a fair amount post cataract surgery. Age is potentially a risk, 8.5 is getting up there for a giant breed, middle aged for a small. However, if the diabetes is well controlled and he’s in good health otherwise, I wouldn’t be too concerned about the anesthesia risk. Anesthetic and surgical protocols take overall age and health into consideration. Yes, there’s a chance he’ll be blind. Thing is, animals don’t have the hang ups about disabilites that humans do. If he does end up blind, just don’t re-arrange the furniture. He knows where everything is, and has probably already made some adaptations due to the limited visibility because of the cataracts.
The best thing you can do for him is read the after care instructions thoroughly. He will have post surgical care, so make sure you understand what they want you to do. If you have questions, ask them, even if you feel stupid! Since I don’t know the details of his diabetic history, ask about his insulin shots. If he’s discharged at 5pm, he may not want to eat that night, so you’ll probably have to skip his evening insulin. The meds may throw off his appetite as well, so that’s something to be aware of.
I’m sure he’ll do fine! You sound like a great mom, and he’s lucky to have you!
Post # 5
@MariContrary: Thanks for your post! He’s a bichon so he’s a small dog…We’ve talked about his possible lack of appetite. I’m planning on making him chicken meatloaf (sounds weird-but I make it diabetic friendly and he loveeees it!). We’ve talked about cutting his insulin dose in 1/2- right not he’s on 7.5 units 2xa day, so he’d take about 3 units. I know everyone says he’d adjust ok to blindness, but I can’t stomach the thought. 🙁 I’m sure I’ll be super careful and attentive to his aftercare….hoping all goes well and I maaay or may not take some nyquil to sleep!
Post # 6
I love cataract surgery in dogs! They are like puppies again after surgery when they wake up and can see. It is a big commitment, but if you are commited with the drops/meds and rechecks it can all go very well. Good luck with the surgery!