How Does Diabetes Cause Cataracts in Dogs?
Diabetes can cause a lot of health issues for your dog like cataracts. In a normal eye, the lens of your dog’s eye would absorb glucose from the fluids of the eye and use it for its own energy.
If there’s excess it’s converted into another sugar called sorbitol. This sorbitol can pull water directly into the eye lens.
If you have a dog with diabetes that means there will be an excess of sugars in the eye fluids. This in-turn makes the eye product more sorbitol which will then pull in more water into the eye.
It’s this water into the lens that causes the change to eye clarity and the cataract.
Which Dogs are Prone to Cataracts?
Any dog breed can develop cataracts, but some are more likely to get them. The breeds that are more likely to get cataracts also have high likelihood of K-9 diabetes.
Some of these high-prone breeds to develop cataracts are:
- American Cocker Spaniels
- Bichon Frise
- Miniature and Standard Poodles
- Miniature Schnauzers
- Boston Terriers