Can a puppy have cataracts? Cataracts can be hereditary. Sometimes they are present in puppies at birth. These are called congenital and are fairly rare. They can also occur in dogs between 6 months and 6 years of age.
How are cataracts treated in puppies? Surgical Procedure
Cataracts in dogs are removed using a technique called phacoemulsification. This procedure uses an ultrasonic device to break up and remove the cloudy lens from the dog’s eye, and is the same procedure that it used in cataract surgery on people.
What causes cataracts in puppies? The most common cause of cataracts in the dog is inherited disease. Other causes include injuries to the eye or diseases such as diabetes mellitus (“sugar diabetes”). Some cataracts appear to occur spontaneously and are age related.
What does cataracts look like in puppies? A mature cataract looks like a white disk behind your dog’s iris. The part of the eye that usually looks black will now look white. Cataracts shouldn’t be confused with nuclear sclerosis, which is haziness caused by hardening of the lens as a dog gets older.