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Cataracts in Dogs and Cats

Cataracts in Dogs and Cats
Natura Petz supplements to help address cataracts by strengthening the eye matrix, including connective tissues and capillary health in dogs and cats.

Herbal nutrition to help address cataracts by strengthening the eye matrix, including connective tissues and capillary health in dogs and cat.

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, eye, skin and coat health and is the result of a balanced diet, as well as a healthy immune system, organs and related tissues in the body. Plant botanicals work against degenerative free radicals, promoting the body's ability to withstand exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms. Nutrition helps support the liver, adrenal, immune, and digestive functions, and helps feed critical tissues, including the eyes. 

Cataracts are an eye disorder that frequently affects older dogs and cats. When a cataract develops, fibers in the back portion of the lens of the eye break down and become cloudy, preventing clear vision. In contrast, a healthy lens is usually transparent and promotes clear, sharp vision. 

The cataract blocks the light through the eye and as a result the transparency of the lens is lost, reducing your pet's vision. As the cataract matures, a milky spot in the black pupil becomes visible. Small cataracts may not affect your pet’s eyesight while a larger cataract will cause blurred vision, and eventually lead to blindness.

Common signs of cataracts:

Eye inflammation


Bumping into objects

A reluctance to jump or run. 

Although the exact cause is unknown, chemical changes within the lens may contribute to cataract development. Other factors may include genetics, congenital defects, trauma or infection in the eye, nutritional deficiencies, exposure to heat or radiation, toxins, and diabetes may all be contributing factors. 

Cataracts tend to be more common in dogs than cats and certain dog breeds are more predisposed, including German Shepherds, Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Schnauzers, Afghans and Old English sheepdogs.

Preventative measures to help support eye health: 

Feed your pet a premium, holistic diet that includes vegetables (carrots, kale, broccoli) and is free of corn, wheat, soy and chemical preservatives 

Incorporate sources of antioxidants in the form of Vitamin E and C, and beta carotene to protect the eye tissues

Trim hair around the eye area to avoid eye irritation

Check your pet’s eyes regularly

Avoid exposing your pet to irritants such as pollen, plant seeds, toxins, chemicals, pollution and dust

Protect your pet’s eye carefully when using shampoo or applying flea repellents

Keep your pet’s head inside moving vehicles as foreign objects or substances may easily become lodged in the eye

Visit your vet annually for an eye examination

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal nutrition help promote eye health and supply nutritional support to the eye matrix; help tone and strengthen connective tissue and capillary strength to the eyes; help promote clear vision and help maintain problem free vision by cleansing, eliminating and detoxifying eye tissues; help soothe and relieve eye infections and eye diseases; promote immune health and natural detoxification of the body.  

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content; stimulates collagen production which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessels (important for cases of arthritis) as well as eye and teeth health (important for macular degeneration and dental disease); promotes optimal immune response; promotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat; may help reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats; may work  to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support; may help fight infection in the animal body.

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore funcions) immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; as an antioxidant and for its free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; works to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its anti-allergen natural plant chemicals which may help to fight off allergies and infections; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion.

Vitamin Ninja – (learn more) is used holistically as a super food, nutritive, adaptogen and multi-vitamin blend, containing spirulina and camu camu, which may help fight oxidative damage, may promote heart health by lowering lipids in the blood, may help support immunity and may help prevent disease in dogs and cats; may help stimulate collagen production due to its antioxidant proanthocyanins, flavonoid and glycosaminoglycan’s content, which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints and joint health, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessel support as well as may help to promote the strength and health of the eyes and teeth;  may help sustain and nourish the skeletal structure of your pet over its lifetime and may be important in cases of arthritis, bone loss and joint diseases, such as Intervertebral Disk Disease and Degenerative Joint Disease.

Body Bliss – (learn more) is used holistically as a plant based, full spectrum Omega 3; for its anti-inflammatory, auto-immune, antioxidant and free radical scavenging (disease preventive) actions; for its heart and brain healthy effects; as a potential heart and blood vessel disease preventive; for its essential fatty acid content which may help to prevent blood clots (thrombus) and may provide critical neuro support for brain health; to help address myocardial infraction and cerebral apoplexy; for its effects to lubricate mucous membranes found throughout the body; may help address symptoms of Crohn’s disease, disseminated sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize skin; for its nutritional value to help protect and promote bone, eye, teeth, joint, ligaments and connective tissue health while keeping your pet's coat healthy and glowing, from the inside out.

Conventional Remedies:

Your vet will perform an ophthalmic examination and treatment involves surgical removal of cataracts. This is a very intricate procedure and can also be quite costly, but an improvement in your pet’s vision will be noticed.


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