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Cataracts in Dogs

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Please follow the instructions below prior to cataract surgery:

  • See your regular veterinarian for pre-anesthesia bloodwork and urinalysis prior to surgery.
  • Anti-inflammatory eye drops are typically given 1 day to 1 week prior to surgery.
  • Please bathe and/or groom your pet prior to surgery.
  • It is imperative there be no food after 8:00 p.m. the night before surgery. Water is OK.
  • In most cases, your pet will require an overnight stay in our hospital. In preparation please bring all medications and any special dietary foods your pet may require.
  • Diabetic patients should be given only 1/2 of their regular insulin dose on the morning of their surgery. Please bring your pet’s insulin along with any other medications. Blood Glucose levels will be monitored closely throughout your pets stay at our hospital.

On Surgery Day

  • Our hospital will contact you immediately after your pet’s surgery. This will usually be mid to late afternoon. Please refrain from calling the hospital.
  • Your pet will be spending the night in our hospital’s ER Service ICU ward. The ER Service is staffed nights, weekends and holidays with doctors and technicians.
  • Your pet will be required to wear an E-collar for one week after surgery.

To ensure the best visual outcome, post-operative medications need to be administered frequently for several weeks after surgery. Treatment will taper off gradually over the course of six months post surgery. Many patients will require long term, low dose, eye drop treatments for life. Follow up examinations with your veterinary ophthalmologist and strict adherence to the post-operative treatment instructions are important and critical for long-term success after cataract surgery. Post-operative success requires a life-long commitment to follow up care.

Surgery Estimate

A detailed surgery estimate will be provided at the time of patient evaluation. The surgery estimate does not include the initial comprehensive exam. However, it does include all costs incurred on the day of surgery (general anesthesia, surgery fee, intraocular lens implantation, ERGs, ultrasounds, overnight hospitalization in ICU, and the first three scheduled post operative exams). Refill medications, after hour emergency exams, and additional follow up exams are not included.