Dogs are prone to many of the same eye health problems that humans are, but they can have greater consequences from vision loss (we can’t put glasses on dogs, as cute as it may be).
A dog’s eyes should be clear at all times. In many cases, a little cloudiness in the lens of an elderly dog can be caused by a normal sign of aging known as lenticular or nuclear sclerosis, but it’s always a good idea to have a veterinarian check it out to ensure that it’s not something more serious that causes pain or impacts vision, such as cataracts, dry eyes or glaucoma.
Distinguishing between the color and type of cloudiness (white and opaque or bluish and cloudy) can help provide some clues about the underlying cause of the cloudiness.
Pro tips for visiting the veterinarian:
- If your dog’s eyes are red, or have thick discharge, contact your vet immediately.
- If your dog’s vision is compromised, confine them to a safe area and minimize stress until you’re able to get a diagnosis by a veterinarian. Don’t let your dog traumatize or rub their eyes. If necessary, apply a protective collar to avoid self-inflicted trauma from scratching.
- Check with your veterinarian about any medication (including human over-the-counter drops) or home remedies before you use them on your dog.
- Conditions of the eye are difficult to self-diagnose, and prognosis is greatly improved with early intervention, so it’s best to have them checked by a vet promptly.