Natural remedies such as herbs and supplements can be given to dogs to prevent or delay the onset of canine cataracts.
The only way to cure cataracts is surgery. While natural remedies such as herbs and vitamin supplements cannot cure or get rid of cataracts in dogs, they are effective in keeping your dog's eyes healthy, which in turn will prevent or delay the onset of canine cataracts.
This page takes a look at several natural dog cataract remedies. For more general information on cataracts in dogs, please visit this page.
Lens damage that causes cataracts is not reversible. However, using a holistic approach, we can try to slow down the progression of deterioration.
Since canine cataracts are often caused by toxicity and oxidative stress, it makes sense to counter the effects of toxins and free radicals in the dog's body before they can do any damage to the dog's eyes.
To remove toxins and free radicals from the body, supplements of antioxidants are essential. Dogs with cataracts have been found to have lower levels of glutathione and the antioxidant ascorbate than healthy dogs. The following antioxidants can enhance the production of glutathione:
Some vets recommend an antioxidant product called Ocu-GLO Rx. Developed by ophthalmologists, the product is said to support eye health and vision. It contains antioxidants such as vitamins B, C, and E, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids, Coenzyme Q10, lutein and zeaxanthin (carotenoids), and more. This supplement may be able to slow down the progression of cataracts (and other eye problems such as macular degeneration and glaucoma).
Note, however, that this supplement cannot cure your dog's cataracts - you may still need to consider surgery - but it may be able to lessen ocular damage and hopefully "buy some time" in which your dog still has functional vision.
Bilberries contain rich sources of flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties. When taken in capsule forms, they can protect the eye tissues.
Besides being a source of powerful antioxidants that help remove free radicals, bilberry can enhance vision and healthy eye function because:
Athough research has not been done on pets, research on people has found that bilberries, when mixed with Vitamin E, can stop clouding of the lens in 97% of people with cataracts in their early stages. Since this herb is safe for dogs, why not give it a try?
An herbal and homeopathic eyedrop formula called Cineraria is also recommended by some holistic veterinarians.
This formula contains the herb cineraria maritima, as well as homeopathic ingredients beneficial for eyes (such as Euphrasia and Calcarea).
According to some holistic vets, this eyedrop can be effective in eliminating cataracts and may reduce the need for surgery. If you would like to give this formula a try, consult a holistic veterinarian.