(Closed) My 9.5 year old dog's eyes are "cloudy"… any ideas why?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Sounds like cataracts. Sometimes it can also be a side effect of diabetes.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

Cateracts. Fully curable with a quick surgery.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@canthugallcats:  It’s the onset of cataracts…that rheumy cloud is literally a thick callous building over your dog’s eye…but sometimes it only goes so far, only covers a certain part..can be treated in various ways and isn’t a huge problem, especially if you’ve got an older animal…go to your vet, see what they say, and keep an eye on them to make sure it’s not progressing in a crazy way…it’s ok!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

I’m not sure, but the only time I’ve heard of cloudiness of the eyes in dogs is glaucoma.  I’m sure the vet will do a very thorough exam and will tell you if there is anything wrong and what you can do.  

ETA: Do the cataracts have anything to do with glaucoma? Or a separate diagnosis altogether?

OP, your dog is adorable!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

@Nona99:  Yes!  A friend of mine has poodles that developed these and they were treated.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Cataracts – very common in older dogs (and humans for that matter). Untreated they will go blind; however, with an older dog many vets and owners don’t treat the cataracts!

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

It’s probably just cataracts.  Every dog I have ever had has gotten cloudy eyes as they get older.  Talk to your vet but it should be just fine!

Also, your dog is beautiful!  🙂

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@canthugallcats:  cataracts are very common in older dogs; not deadly and easily curable with surgery

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

 It’s hard to tell what layer of the eye the cloudiness is in from the picture so it’s hard to say what the problem is.  The cloudiness can be in the front (cornea), the middle (the lens/cataracts), or further back (the vitreous).  

Old dogs can get something benign called nuclear sclerosis, which is what you should hope for over cataracts.  Cataracts can be fixed by surgery but it usually expensive and they are sometimes an indicator or larger problems.  

You should see your vet before jumping to conclusions.  They can do a full exam and locate the problem, as well as interpreting it based on your dog’s other signs, the duration of the problem, and other information.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Aww, poor blind baby! Probably cataracts!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@canthugallcats:  It’s nuclear sclerosis, which is a normal aging change in dogs and cats and does not affect vision.  Nuclear sclerosis is more of a blue haze that happens just in the center of the lens, whereas cataracts are white.  It starts at about 7 years old and will get denser with age, but they can still see fine.

Here’s a cataract:

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Dogs eyes can get cloudy with age. This doesnt make them blind. The vet can tell for sure by looking with a scope. 

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