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23 September 2008 @ 10:25 am
Juvenile Cataracts  
A few days ago my Dad mentioned that April's eyes were starting to look like Beethoven's eyes (our 16yo Lhasa Apso with cataracts in both eyes who has been totally blind for quite some time). If you look at April's right eye there is some definite cloudiness and whenever she wakes up/is sleepy she seems to have a lot of tearing and fluid in both eyes.

She is a rescue from our local shelter, so we aren't positive about her age. Judging from her teeth and her personality we had always guessed that she was about 8mo when we adopted her, and we've had her for a year and a half. So that puts her at a little over 2yo now if we're right. Juvenile cataracts (from what I've read) show up before the dog is 3yo and is the most common health issue seen in Boston Terriers.

Does anyone else have any experience with a young Boston with cloudy eyes?
(Her eyes aren't normally that color or that cloudy. They just happened to come out like that in this photo.)

*Yes, obviously we will also take her to the Vet within the next few days to see what their opinion is on what we should/could do.
Jennylittlesunflower on September 23rd, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Gambit's right eye is very cloudy, but it's a murky brown cloud covering most of his pupil and the white of his eye, like someone spilled tea on it. The vet said it's fine, but it worries me... I don't know if that helps, but I guess young dogs can get stuff too...
astro boy toystarlitziggy on September 24th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
my alaskan malamute has juvenile cataracts.. the vet told me surgery can correct it but it is insanely expensive! I have only had my malmal for 3ish years- (she was already 6 or so when i got her) and she is somewheres between 8 & 10 & she still has 20% or less of her vision left & it hasnt slowed her down or bothered her at all! If your girl does have it, it's not something to get depressed about- just last week I took my 83 pound almost blind malmal on a pontoon boat around my moms lake- & she still pulls me around the neighborhood with my rollerblades, lol.