Canines with Cataracts: UC Davis is Giving Dogs a Second Chance


Written by: Grant White

Hank is one of the many successful examples of UC Davis’s cataract surgery
Photo by UC Davis School of Veterinarian Medicine Facebook page

Surgeons at UC Davis Veterinarian Teaching Hospital are giving dogs with cataracts a second chance at sight. The hospital offers an operation for canines that is designed to restore vision and alleviate pups’ painful glaucoma symptoms. An article in the Daily Democrat followed the story of one dog named Hank, a 5-year old German shorthaired pointer who underwent the surgery last month.

“The entire car ride home from UC Davis, he just stared out the window. He was, no doubt, amazed at all the sights he hadn’t been able to see in years,’ said Cheryl Warner, foster and volunteer coordinator for NorCal GSP Rescue…Hank’s new family reports that he’s a very happy, healthy dog thanks to being able to see again.”

So far the surgery has helped countless dogs like Hank regain their vision. Post-operation recovery is minor, but necessary. Pups should receive regular examinations and undergo a structured eye drop program, both minor nuisances considering the benefits. For Hank, squirrel watching just got a whole lot more interesting.

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Doctors at UC Davis convene prior to operation
Photo by UC Davis School of Veterinarian Medicine Facebook page

One thought on “Canines with Cataracts: UC Davis is Giving Dogs a Second Chance

  1. Glenda Blue

    A group of Bichon breeders is wondering if there is research being done on whether punctate cataracts are in fact
    real cataracts. It seems Vet Opthomologist hesitate to say whether they are or not but breeders don’t want to spay or neuter their dogs if they are not genetic. Any papers done on this that you could send me?

    Thank you,
    Glenda Blue

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