Plucky, red eyed, old age cataract

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pigjes
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Post   » Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:14 am


Red eyed pigs are more prone to getting cataract, because of a lack of UV protection for the lens, so I knew Plucky was a candidate for it.

She's almost 7, a heart pig almost 5 years on 3 types of heart meds a day, she's perky, happy, popcorning, running, and still doesn't look like an old lady.

Last month, I noticed that she started bumping into something a few times, and connected the dots when I did the monthly eye check in bright light. My roller blinds are always halfway down, because I have MS and am light sensitive. I am nearsighted, so without glasses, I can see much more detail than people with great vision. I was not so sure that she started getting cataracts. This month, I can see it. I showed hub, he said it's so mild, he can barely see it.

She's smart, so when she starts running, she halts herself to prevent injuries.

So, I caught it in time. I knew about eye drops with a high chance of halting it, improving, or even reversing it if you are lucky, for dogs. Brand names are Bright eyes and Can-C, containing N-acetyl-carnosine.

I asked my local pharmacy first, before consulting the vet, to save Plucky the stress of going and there might not be anything he could do. My instinct was right, the chemical compound, nor the brands, are not available in Belgium. Typical, when you enter the country, you cross the plate that says "End of Civilization", lol, we are still so behind most parts of the world, sigh.

So I ordered it through Amazon Germany last evening, with free shipment by adding something else I needed. Can-C was the cheapest version here, yet it's not cheap. I asked the company what the dosage for piggies is, will keep you updated.

So, did any of you try such drops? Any results? Any other brands or products that help? Thanks!

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Post   » Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:54 pm


Very interesting! You are so proactive! It would be great if this product helps her. I did not think there was anything that changed the course of cataracts in guinea pigs. Looking forward to updates.

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Post   » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:29 am


Finally managed to get a pic of Plucky's cataract, from the eye where you can see it most, the other shows it even less. It's mild. Look deeper into the eye, on the left, you can see a grey mini cloud, not the whiter shimmer of the outdoor light on top of it. Will keep you updated.



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Post   » Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:41 pm


Great pic! Would you like it permanently added to your thread?

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pigjes
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Post   » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:06 pm


Yep, please! Thanks!

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Post   » Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:15 am


Since the company didn't reply, except the standard "We will reply asap" thingie, I just figured that 1 drop per eye a day would be the minimal I can give her per day. It has no side-effects, besides that it stings a little.

I tried it on a paper cut I had, you can feel the bite for a minute mildly.

The online data say that it works for 80 %, it's been recent data, as it exists for about 2 years. It's not indicated for humans yet, but that won't take long. It's harmless, has no side-effects if you keep the nozzle free from the eye to keep it clean. 80% stops the cataract, some reverse it, some remove it completely, so stopping it would have been fantastic already, as I caught it early.

3 drops later ... 3 ... only 3!!! And you can see that it HAS GONE DOWN BY 1/3!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I asked hub to put on his reading glasses and he can't even spot it in one eye anymore. I can, but I'm nearsighted, so my eyes work like a loop at short distance. I was breathless. She even smiles at me after the stinging goes down since yesterday, it takes 2 minutes. She knows why I do that. Bless her sweet smart soul.

Since she woke up rather deaf after her ovarian cyst surgery almost 5 years ago, and she's a happy old lady, I just had to try this to save her from becoming deaf and blind.

Will keep you updated, but this is already extraordinary!!!!! Can you see me wiggling my bum as a happy dance? I do, wooohooo!

Will keep you updated!

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Post   » Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:38 am


That is encouraging! If she can keep her vision, that would be great!

This page on human cataracts seems to indicate there is no treatment, only surgery. Many causes. The pattern Plucky has most closely resembles diabetic snowflake cataracts in humans:
http://eyewiki.aao.org/Cataract

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Post   » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:46 am


This is amazing. Please keep us posted!

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Post   » Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:02 pm


Plucky is not diabetic. Her cataract is caused by old age and red eyes, as UV light helps to develop it faster and earlier as well. In 2 months, it became barely visible, so I am not sure that this is a fast onset or not.

Articles:

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/these-eye-drops-shrunk-cataracts-dogs/

https://www.vetinfo.com/canine-cataract-treatment-n-acetyl-eye-drops.html Here, they speak of a 96% success rate even.

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Post   » Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:53 pm


I'm glad to hear this about Plucky. She is a grand old lady!

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Post   » Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:46 am


Thanks!

4 drops total, and she can spot us winking at her again. I was used to make wind with my hands close to her face lately to grab her attention, at the side that I wanted her to come over too.

At the current rate, I won't be needing the 2nd mini bottle of the pack at all!

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Post   » Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:46 am


Today, she's in the "It's all better now, mom, so I will keep my eyes shut." mood, after I showed her the bottle to make the dripping intentions clear, hahahah!

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Post   » Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:24 am


Wow, very interesting!

Talishan
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Post   » Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:12 pm


This is awesome. Job well done.

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pigjes
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Post   » Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:42 pm


10 days later, it's reduced by half!!!!

Talishan
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Post   » Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:46 pm


Excellent. Carry on. And thanks for the update!

GPIG

Post   » Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:25 pm


Talishan, so nice to see you here again

Talishan
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:07 pm


Thank you. I'm somewhat burned out, but certainly can try to help from time to time.

Nice to see you, too.

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Post   » Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:18 pm


17 days later, and both eyes are 75% better!

I took a pic of her worst eye, the left one, there is only a small spot left, in the top left corner of the eye, I dunno if you even can spot it under the reflection of the light. There are a few white hairs there and it's the stringy white structure under those hairs. That structure was double the size originally, with white cloud around it, there is not much left. The right eye has a very tiny faint dot in the middle left, about 2mm wide, about the size of a flea, there is no way I can take a pic to show it, it's that mild.

The mild stinging effect of the droplet goes down as they promised on the added paper. She had a few days that she shut here eyes firmly when I mention the word droplets, lol. She doesn't do it as hard anymore, and opens her eyes much faster, as it took 2 minutes from the start.

I will continue till it's gone and keep you updated. I will keep an eye if it comes back and do the same treatment again, if it comes back at all. This is about the last I can show of it in a pic, as I am pretty sure the rest will be completely gone soon, or only have unnoticeable residue left. We had to do several attempts to take pics to show something visible.

All in all, this is a great way to treat old age cataract. Keep in mind that this is not meant for other types of cataract. I am utterly impressed of this product.

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Post   » Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:00 pm


Looking much better! I am sure you are very pleased!

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