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Cataracts in Dogs

By: Dr. Jennifer Welser

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After cataract surgery, the first one to two weeks are the most labor-intensive. The dog must be kept quiet and calm. Usually an Elizabethan collar is used to keep the dog from rubbing or traumatizing the eye. This collar should stay on at all times. Playing, barking and jumping should be discouraged and all pressure around the head should be minimized. Use of a harness rather than a collar is recommended for two to three weeks after surgery.

Follow all instructions your veterinarian gives you for medications. Several topical (drops) and oral medications may be used after surgery, such as: anti-inflammatory drops (prednisone/prednisolone, dexamethasone, flurbiprofen, diclofenac); dilating drops (tropicamide, atropine); antibiotic ophthalmic drops; oral anti-inflammatory drugs (prednisone, carprofen); and oral antibiotics (amoxicillin, cephalexin).


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