Vision Loss in Pets

Vision loss in pets may be an effect of natural aging, or it may indicate a neurological disorder. If your pet experiences vision loss that your primary care veterinarian cannot explain or effectively treat, bring them to The Animal Neurology & Imaging Center (The ANIC) outside Rio Rancho, New Mexico for advanced diagnostics and treatment.

Signs of Vision Loss in Pets

Vision loss is a symptom that is subjectively experienced. Pet owners may only recognize vision loss through observable signs, usually changes in behavior, such as your dog or cat:

  • Using their nose more than their eyes to track objects and/or navigate space
  • Bumping into objects more frequently
  • Showing signs of difficulty locating familiar objects, like their favorite toy

Vision loss may occur gradually, but sudden onset is possible after a stroke. If your pet has recently had a neurological event, pet owners may be on “high alert,” making signs more noticeable.

Possible Causes of Vision Loss

Vision loss can be the result of issues related to the eye, such as:

  • Cataracts
  • Retinal degeneration

These issues are not neurological in nature. In other words, the brain and nerves controlling vision are not involved.

Possible neurological causes of vision loss include:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Stroke
  • Tumor

Depending on the cause, your pet’s vision loss may return on its own or require treatment.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Neurologically-Related Vision Loss

Vision loss resulting from a neurological disorder is most commonly treated through medication or neurosurgery. The type of treatment your pet needs depends on the diagnosis, and The ANIC has the advanced equipment and experienced specialists required to make an accurate diagnosis.

Our team of doctors includes board-certified veterinary neurologists. We can often determine the cause of your pet’s vision loss through a neurological examination alone. If required, we can provide advanced diagnostic imaging in-house, often on the same day as your exam.

Contact The ANIC to schedule an appointment. If you have already sought medical care from your primary care veterinarian, you may have them complete a referral, which speeds up the intake process.

Vision loss can be a symptom of neurological dysfunction. If your pet is showing signs of vision loss, contact us to schedule a neurological exam.

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