How Much Is Cataract Surgery For Dogs?
The cost of cataract surgery for dogs averages $2,700-4,000. This estimate includes the preliminary examination, ERG and ultrasound, surgery, anesthesia, operating room use, hospitalization, initial medications, and postoperative checkups (usually up to 90 days). Surgical costs, however, can vary pretty widely based on your location and service provider.
The first step in pursuing cataract removal surgery is to schedule an initial consultation appointment (see above). If the doctor determines that your pet has cataracts and may be a candidate for surgery, the second step is to schedule a diagnostic appointment to evaluate your pet’s retinal and overall health. The diagnostic appointment will allow us to determine if it is safe for your pet to have surgery under general anesthesia and to provide you with a prognosis for return of vision following surgery. The following tests may be recommended at your cataract surgery diagnostic appointment:
How Cataract Surgery Can Help Your Dog
A cataract is an opacity in your dog’s eye lens. It prevents light from passing through to the back of the eye or scatters the light so that your dog’s vision is blurred. Normally, light passes through the lense and is processed at the back of their eye to create a clear in your pet’s brain of what they’re seeing. Your dog may be affected by cataracts in one eye or both eyes.
Cataract formation can be caused by infectious diseases or even by trauma, but the most common types of cataracts are hereditary cataracts. For example, congenital cataracts occur at birth and typically affect both eyes while diabetic cataracts develop rapidly as a result of canine diabetes. Cataracts can occur at any age, but they are more common in old age.
Cataract surgery helps your dog see clearly again by removing the cataract. The surgery can also prevent your dog from experiencing cataract-related pain in the future. Chronic cataracts can cause inflammation inside the eye, leading to increased pain and problems like glaucoma.
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When your dog has an eye infection or eye injury, you’ll want to get it treated ASAP. Many conditions can cause eye infections in dogs that will require surgery, such as cataracts, conjunctivitis, uveitis, inflammation, eyelid issues, tumors, cherry eye, glaucoma, and certain injuries.
In this article, we’ll look more in-depth at the potential costs of such eye surgeries so you’ll have more of an idea of what to expect. While this is not an exact cost, you’ll have a ballpark figure. Your location can influence how much you can expect to pay, as well. Let’s get started.