Boston Terrier Cataract Surgery

by Patty
(Newmarket, NH)

Has anyone had cataract surgery on their Boston Terrier? If so what was your experience? Was it worth the risks? I'm having such a hard time deciding if I should put my 13 and a half year old Boston through it. It's such a tough decision. I would appreciate advice.

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Sep 05, 2013
by: sara C

I am so glad to hear that your baby is doing well. congrats thank you for the feed back - i was there on 9-3-13 and Dr. Wesler informed me that my wallee eyes are the same since April,that he is doing well. pressure is the same so i just purchase the Occu-Rx and am excited about it. i have to go back in a few months to further monitor him, will keep you posted please feel free to email me

Sep 04, 2013
for Sara
by: Snoopysmommy

Hi even tho our baby isnt a boston terrier, hes a bischon mix, we had his surgery 12 days ago @ the same place u mentioned Blue pearl NY, he just turned 6, we were thrilled with the hospital , he is still recovering, takes alot of time, and love, but guess what he can SEE!!!! maybe we are lucky? i have hrd the horror stories as well, the dr was very nice and even told us, bc he is young, she said she doesnt tell the same to older dogs, 13 etc. if youd like to talk email me, good luck,

Aug 01, 2013
cataract on a 2 year old named Wallee
by: sara C

I am still torn about havng my baby that just turned 2 years old to have the cataract surgery. I am afraid that it will do more harm than good, He was seen at the pearl animal hospital in Manhattan and the doctor insisted back in April that this was a perfect window for the surgery, I don;t have enough feed back for dogs his age , it seems the primary ages is 8 and up , does anyone have advice to hive me. i am worried for him. i don;t want to make a bad decision . He has it in both eyes but he see's fine i play he fetches and follows my finger around so i know he can see very well.But i don;t know how this is gong to change given time

Jul 30, 2013
still doing well
by: Anonymous

Our 10 yr old Boston Gomez continues to do very well after almost 2 years post diagnosis on a raw diet, grain free treats, OccuClear supplement, Bi-com treatments and trips to see the eye doctor every 3-4 months. He can still see enough to get around and has no pain, pressures are good. Thankful we did not put him through surgery.

Jul 29, 2013
cataract surgery
by: Anonymous

I have had my Boston for almost 12 years now. I purchased her from a kennel that was busted for running a puppy mill in NC (you can see her on wife swap as the crazy dog lady) so I am surprised that her health has been as good as it has been. I had noticed cloudiness in her eyes, and during her last checkup was diagnosed w/ cataracts. The surgeon said she was a good candidate, but after reading the stories from the 5-10% that were unsuccessful I am reluctant. I will probably forgo the surgery so I am not putting her through the trauma.

May 23, 2013
6+ and FINE!!!!!
by: Bongo thr Boston

My bongo is a Giant Boston. Perfect in EVERY way. the poster child for a Boston Terrier. He has genetic cataracts, really severe since birth. He is fine. I have never had him on the leash. We live in chicago proper. He rides in the car, goes with me EVERYWHERE. His cataracts don't alter his life at all. I have been debating on the surgery for years. I am at the point of wanting to give him that gift, as well as thinking, hes PERFECT without the surgery. even a 1% chance of complications is too much. I also have a normal boston too, shes a rescue as well. She usually follows him, but outside he follows her and licks her hootchie hoo..... nasty nasty dog!!!

Bongo goes 1/2 way down the block to take a dump, he does it NEVER going off course. He runs down the sidewalk for 25 seconds, hangs a right, drops his brown colored easter eggs, and trots like a showpony all proud back home. He learned, don't shi+ in your own back yard lol

If their eyes aren't bothering them, let it be. They adjust and its a GREAT excuse to get another Boston. They should be in pairs anyways.

Apr 09, 2013
retinas detaching
by: Anonymous

Yes, we were told its only matter of time before the retinas detatch and all vision is lost. I feel for you, 21 months is so young. We decided against surgery, but our boy is 10 and had lots of issues with eye ulcers. Not a good candidate for success with surgery.... he is doing well 1 year post diagnosis. Retinas still attached and can still see a little. Best of luck to you!

Apr 09, 2013
Wallee my 21 month old Boston Terier
by: Sara

my boston was diagnosed with cataracts and he is only 21 months old. and the vet is saying there is a small window for surgery before his retina detaches. Has anyone heard of this ?

Mar 05, 2013
Cataract Treatment
by: Ladi Laser

Following cataract surgery treatment the eye may originally be a little red and mild delicate. This is regular. Sometimes there is a bruise overlying the white-colored of the eye. This is known as a subconjunctival haemorrhage. It can create the eye look quite red and escalating but is of no impact. Like a bruise elsewhere it will obvious over per weeks time or two.

The rate of enhancement in perspective differs from individual to individual. If cataract was the only issue with the eye many sufferers acquire excellent perspective within a few times. For others the perspective may need more time to negotiate even when the surgery treatment has been entirely simple. For most situations of little cut phacoemulsification cataract removal the eye will be retrieved from surgery treatment in about 3 several weeks. If a bigger cut has been used, demanding stitching, complete restoration may take 2 to 3 several weeks.

The function will usually change the concentrate of the eye. This implies that the individual's current glasses may not offer obvious perspective after the function. The affected person need not use their old glasses, unless they wish to do so for the advantage of the perspective in the other eye. If old glasses are used they may cause the managed eye to be out of concentrate but for anyone over the age of 7 decades this is not dangerous. It is not destructive to the eye.

Feb 19, 2013
cataracs at age 12
by: rocky

in the past 3 months we watched our dogs eye get somewhat cloudy 30%. we're going to the vet this afternoon to get checked out.

Feb 02, 2013
Followup on Cataract Surgery
by: KCMary

Just wanted to post a followup on my BT's cataract surgery. We are now almost 17 weeks past the initial surgery date, and he is doing just great! I credit a very talented ophthalmologist for this wonderful outcome. I also have been faithful about keeping his eyes hydrated/lubricated with eyedrops, which is now a permanent need. It's a small price to pay for his eye health. He is a therapy dog with a mission. We have just begun Hospice therapy and are also into visiting a correctional facility, so his sight is important.
Just wanted to share this good news. It's a difficult decision for a BT owner to make, but not all cases are hopeless. Some turn out very wonderfully!!!

Nov 20, 2012
Not for publication...for the webmaster/editor
by: Anonymous

Your website is wonderful and I am pleased to have found it. I do have one problem with posting: Once I've written something, insert the code word and then click on the "submit comment", all I get is a blank screen. I would be so grateful if a screen that would say "thank you for your submission" would appear, rather than nothing, to avoid the feeling that the submission hasn't registered. I hope you can find a way to do that, thus avoiding double entries, such as my own recent comments! Thank you!

ed., I realize that you requested that this not be published, but I am posting it because I you left no contact information for me to respond directly to you. I recently had one other person send me an email that this was happening. The site is set up to do exactly as you requested and send you a "thank you" message once your comment is received (I do review every submission before it posts, though, so although you should receive and immediate "thank you", the comment will not post immediately).

I'm wondering if this might be an issue related to mobile devices, or some other glitch. If you will use the "Contact Us" form to send me more information on date, time, type of device you're using, etc., I may be able to pinpoint WHY the message is not displaying and respond to you directly outside of the submissions/comments. Thank you for taking time to contact me and let me know.

Update: I tested this on:
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- iPad2
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- Samsung Galaxy S2 phone
I got the 'thank you' message every time...

Nov 16, 2012
Second Try -- Thank you Veterinarian Ophthalomogist!
by: Anonymous

I tried posting a comment the other day, but had no luck. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for your straightforward, well-informed answer. I do understand your position and why you wouldn't do any more cataract surgeries on a BT. My dog is not at the 12-week stage yet, but is getting close. The ophthalmologist who did his surgery is totally pleased with the results, as are my dog and I. Our next scheduled appointment is 6 months from now, barring any setbacks. This doctor is a brilliant mind and very wonderful surgeon. He has also stated to me that cataract surgery success depends greatly on how faithful the owners are at maintaining the medicines and giving the eyedrops. So, Doc., keep your fingers crossed for us, and thanks, again, for your comments.

ed., please note that comments do not post automatically. We receive a ton of spam and inappropriate submissions, so have to manually review and post all submissions and comments.

Nov 15, 2012
Thank you, veterinary ophthalmologist, for your answer to my question.
by: Anonymous

That was kind of you to respond, and I do understand. Boston Terriers' eyes are so expressive and so prone to injury/inflammation. I can only imagine some of the cases you've seen. My dog is 8 weeks out of his surgery and is doing very well. The surgeon who did the operation is brilliant and very skilled, and I'm doing everything in my power to aid in the successful outcome by being timely and faithful to the administration of all medicines and eye drops. I've been told that much of the success is due to how well the owners maintain treatment with the meds. I'm very happy and am looking forward to having my dog for a few more years, so he can continue on as a therapy dog.

The best to you, and, again, thank you.

Nov 15, 2012
12 weeks
by: Anonymous

The 12 week time period is based on my anecdotal experience. Most experienced veterinary ophthalmologists, on what would otherwise be a good candidate for surgery (except they are Boston Terriers!) should be easily able to perform the lens removal, place an intraocular lens implant and discharge the patient with greatly improved vision. In my experience, the major complications (glaucoma and retinal detachments) happen weeks after the surgery. My impression is that if these problems have not occured within 3 months, they are unlikely (not impossible) to occur.

Nov 08, 2012
For the veterinary ophthalmologist
by: Anonymous

Could you please elaborate as to why you gave a 12-week time period for "successful surgery?" I'm just curious to know your reasons for giving that particular time period. Thank you for your very thoughtful posting to this thread.

Nov 06, 2012
Comments from a veterinary ophthalmologist
by: Anonymous

As a practicing veterinary opthalmologist for nearly 30 years, I no longer do or recommend cataract surgery for Boston Terriers. I have found your website useful to show clients who have been given a more succesful prognosis following surgery for your breed. Carefully selected patients (excluding Boston Terriers) may have an approximate 80% success rate for long-term vision. While reading through the comments, I would not feel comfortable that your pet has had a succesful surgery for a minimum of 12 weeks post-op. I did surgery in Boston Terriers for years, and have had successes, but failures were far more common. As many of you have commented, the procedure was meant to increase the quality of your pet's life and instead degraded the quality of their life due to the pain and multiple medications. In my experience, for most owners, it was not the money or the continued blindness following surgery, it was the on-going pain and medications side-effects that made this an intolerable experience. If given a good prognosis for the outcome of cataract surgery in this breed, I would recommend you seek a second opinion and very carefully review the risks of failure.

ed., thank you for your comments!

Oct 26, 2012
by: Rita

Good for you! Just love Archie. My dog takes a glucosamine/chondrotin/vitamin pill twice a day. It's just from the pet food store. Try Occu Glo RX for his eyes. I read about it AFTER we did the ineffective surgery.
Good luck!

Oct 26, 2012

We decided against the surgery for Archies cateracts. Our vet did mention there are some risks involved.Archie has one eye that is almost all smokey looking, and the other eye is a little smokey. He does not seem to be bothered with his eyesight being a bit challenged. I think it bothers my husband and I more!! But recently Archie has been having some problems with his arthritis in his back legs.The vet told us to give him a baby aspirin daily, plus watch his diet because he is very chubby. Archie will be 10 in June.

Oct 25, 2012
good for you
by: Rita

Glad you didn't do the surgery. My dog is actually not a boston terrier; I just found this site after all his complications. I wish I had found it earlier, as he nearly died from all the drugs they were giving him to combat the problems.

My boy is 13. I have had him 12 years.

Best wishes with the surgery.

Oct 24, 2012
Thank you for sharing
by: Anonymous

Thank you for sharing your story! I have looked high and low for someone with an older Boston who had it done and had good results. We decided against surgery for for boy Gomez, last week we found he has a growth in his rectum, so he will be having surgery to remove it to check for cancer. He is doing well and adjusting to losing his sight.We are giving him holistic supplements and treatments to slow the progression of the catarcts and he seems to be doing well. He'll be 10 in a few months and we hope he is around for many more years to come.

Oct 24, 2012
No, do not do the surgery
by: Anonymous

No. Read the possible complications. My dog got ALLLL of them and had to have his eyes removed. Get some Oco Glo RX and see if it relieves any symptoms. Do not do this surgery.

Oct 23, 2012
Successful Cataract surgery
by: Anonymous

I read all the comments on this page about cataract surgery for Bostons and was dismally depressed. However, I sought out a very good canine ophthalmologist who did extensive tests on my 9-year-old dog to see if he was a good candidate for the surgery. He determined that he was a good candidate, and now my dog is 3 1/2 weeks post surgery and is doing very well. He had both eyes done, and I was a nervous wreck after the surgery. The Dr. said that much of the surgery's success depends on how faithfully the humans administer the medicines and eye drops post-surgery. I followed the instructions to a T, even stayed home with my dog for two straight weeks to make sure he got his meds and drops at exactly the time indicated. At our last recheck the Dr. was very pleased with my dog's progress, and needless to say, I'm ecstatically happy. He got the cataracts early, so that was also key in the success. Now my dog can see the cats across the street...he couldn't do that before! The whole surgery was VERY expensive, but I consider it worth every penny that I've spent. My dog is a therapy dog and is much beloved by inmates in a correctional facility. They will be happy to see him again, soon. So, if you're considering the surgery, please, please do your homework and be your dog's best advocate for recovery. Find an honest, reputable doctor, and if you think it's for you and your dog, go for it. A sightless dog can do well, but if a dog can see, it's so much more joyful for everyone!

Oct 04, 2012
I'm depressed after reading all this.
by: Anonymous

Is there anybody who has had a successful cataract surgery out there? My little 9-year-old Boston is a few days post-op. I'm really upset by what I've read here. Please tell me there's at least one person out there who can say that the operation was successful!

Aug 21, 2012
whether to have eye surgery
by: r

Do not do cataract surgery on your dog. I nearly lost mine last year due to the drugs and complications after the surgery. they don't tell you how many drugs it could be on if complications develop. I had to put drops in every three hours; five minutes apart for three or four different drops at times, plus oral meds and ointments. Rimadyl nearly killed him.

Get some Ocu Glo RX and try it. It's a homeopathic type drop.

Don't do this surgery. My dog got glaucoma and had to have his Eyes REMOVED as a result!!!!! He got EVERY complication possible.

Aug 21, 2012
Rocky Part 3
by: TJ

Well it's been a year since Rocky's surgeries as per my previous post. She can't see out of the eye that developed glaucoma and we have to give her 2 sets of eyedrops in that eye, morning and night (probably for life). She can see out of the other eye but I'm not sure how well. We still have to take her in to the vet every few months to test her eye pressure.

A few months after the surgery she lost her "young at heart" quality I mentioned as one of the reasons in going through with the surgery. Her personality is different now but I'm not sure if that was related to the surgery as we now now she has a neurological disorder (could be brain cancer, or some type of encephalitis but we are not going to put her through all that testing just to find out - she's now on steroids to minimize her symptoms by reducing the swelling on the brain).

Hope my story helps people to make this tough decision.

Aug 09, 2012
Think it through completely before you put your Boston through cataract surgery.
by: Anonymous

Our Boston Clyde is over 12 yrs old and we decided not to put him through this surgery. Too many painful and bad results to warrant the cost. Many lose their eyes and get eye ulcers.
Clyde can see well enough to get around our home and yard. He does bump in to the fence once and a while if the sun is bright. But he's happy chasing Gus (our 11 month old Boston) around.
He doesnt know he's handicapped and we want him to enjoy the rest of his life with the little sight he has.

Aug 07, 2012
cataract surgery
by: Patty, Newmarket, NH

Hi Lynsie,

I tried to email you and it wouldn't go through. Write to me at my email and I'll get back to you.

Aug 05, 2012
9yr old with cataracts
by: Lynsie

Our 9 yr old Boston has cataracts in both eyes. He has approximately 30-40% of his vision, and retinas are still attached. The opthamologist said he could have cataract and lens replacement surgery. It was scheduled but he developed an ulcer on one eye,so canceled for now. Now they said maybe just try one eye,and see what happens? I want to talk,in person with owners who have been through this. My primary opthamologist no longer does surgery,as he is retired,so we have to drive 5 hours for the surgeon he recommends for Bostons. He said many won't do a cataract surgery on any Boston. Please contact me by email Lynsie Bernier on Facebook. Thank you. This is the hardest decision!

Jul 10, 2012
by: Anonymous

Beauregard is 7 years old,, energenic, happy, but developed cataracts that within what seemed like a week left him completely blind. We had tests and consultations with a veterinary opthomologist and had recently come to the decision to have cataract surgery. Thankfully we found this site BEFORE we made the surgery appointment! I am convinced that we will not be putting Beauregard through this horrible torture after reading all these posts. He maneuvers the house without any problems; runs up and down the stairs, jumps on the bed, he even plays ball! Outside he has to be watched more carefully for obstacles, but I am convinced he is still happy and is enjoying life. My sympathies to all of you who tried to give your dogs the gift of sight only to endure these horrible outcomes - my heart goes out to you and your beloved pets.

Nov 08, 2011
1 1/2 year old boston with cataracts
by: Marielle

Just found out that my 1 1/2 year old boston has cataracts in both eyes. Has anyone had the surgery done on a 1-2 year old boston? I'm struggling with the decision to go ahead with the surgery or not. Most of the posts on here are of older bostons who have gone through the surgery, most of them unfortunately, developing complications after. I saw the vet and an optomologist who gave me an estimate of around $4,000 for the surgery. I often wonder if these vets are just trying to get you in there for your money.

I've yet to find any information on younger bostons with cataracts who have gone through the surgery. I don't know what to do.

Nov 02, 2011
Cataract Surgery
by: Anonymous

I had surgery on my dog, who is not a BT. Just had found this site AFTER the surgery. The vets do not tell you the whole story.

They initially said care is 'intense' and he would need eye drops. He went home with SEVERAL eye drops and two oral meds.

My dog ended up with complications. Initially, he was on several eye drops, and Rimadyl and Methazolomide oral meds.

He then developed corneal ulcers, a retinal tear leading to total blindness in one eye, infection, corneal swelling, and finally, glaucoma. He was put on many medications, including (some all at one time) Methazolomide, Dorzolomide, Timolol, Travatan, Sodium Chloride, E-mycin, Trusopt, and some i have forgotten. When he got a horrible infection, I had to get up every hour for 2 days to put in three different eye drops or ointments.

All the drugs had terrible side effects. I feel he would have died in June or July if I had not taken him off the Rimadyl and Methazolomide.

During the process, he would not eat at times and I had to force feed him because he needed his insulin shot. He had stomach upset, including vomiting and diarrhea.

Finally, his glaucoma got so severe we had to remove his eyes a few weeks ago. SO, we are worse off than when we started. He wasn't totally blind when we started the process, and might have had some sight if left alone. He is doing well now and each day is a gift.

The vet admitted it shouldn't have been done because his cataracts were too mature. Duh,,,,didn't she know how to find that out to begin with?

He got the short stick in all this, including a visit to a local university vet center, where they sent me home without thorough testing, and a visit to an internist who did nothing but charge us around $800.

Do NOT do this surgey until you do more research. Decide whether or not you can live with a blind dog if his vision loss continues. Decide whether or not you can give drops three to four times a day if you do the surgery. Travatan alone costs anywhere from $80 to $100 and it's a tiny bottle, lasting only 1-2 weeks.

If you want more information or want to talk about this, send another message and I'll be glad to call or email you.

Nov 01, 2011
Further problems from cataract surgery
by: Nancy

Sadly we had to have our dog's remaining eye removed a couple of weeks ago. The eye had been in relatively good shape following catarct surgery, although she had poor to little vision in it from high pressures and we had to administer four different drops, three times a day. Finally it developed an ulcer and ruptured. She had the cataract surgery earlier this year and had the first eye removed shortly after - it was completely destroyed by high pressures and other complications following the surgery. This was our worst nightmare and it has now come true. In hindsight, the cataract surgery was a terrible mistake. I am so sorry for putting our dog through all this suffering and trauma.

Sep 09, 2011
by: margie

Just found out that our 8 year old BT has cataracts. I feel so bad for him (his name is ARCHIE) The vet said he was not totally blind, except he may have trouble seeing at night. Surgery is not an option. Has anybody had good results with drops???

Aug 19, 2011
eye drops
by: Anonymous

I saw something called occu Glo RX on line. Perhaps that would be a good drop for your dog to try.
Again, do not do cataract surgery until you look at ALL the possible side effects and complications. I do not recommend it. The vets do not tell you the whole story!

Aug 19, 2011
Rocky part 2
by: TJ

Finally the vet said she would need a laser surgery in the left eye which would also cause more inflammation at first, but would make it so less fluid would enter the eye to build up, so it was really the only option. Two weeks after the first surgery she had the laser surgery on her left eye. (It looked terrible because he sewed her eyelids together for the first day because they don?t blink enough and that can cause even more problems.)

A few days after the second surgery the pressure in her left eye was up in the 30?s but the vet just continued monitoring without poking another needle in her eye. Over the last week the pressure seems to be stabilizing, though she has a terrible cloud in the left eye. They said she?s still visual in that eye, which means it?s better than before the surgery. The right eye seems to be healing nicely and she most likely has full sight in it.

Her treatments were done in Calgary, Alberta and the doctors were excellent. It cost about $3300 plus all the different eye drops we had to keep switching to. I would not do this surgery unless your dog no longer has it?s sight, and now after going through this I?m not sure if it would be something I would do again, especially if the dog was a bit older or not as active. Definitely a tough decision to make.

Aug 19, 2011
Rocky part 1
by: TJ

My Boston Rocky is 10 years old. A few months back I had her eyes checked by a specialist because she had had cataracts for years but it appeared they may have been getting worse (the browns of her eyes were not as clear anymore). The left eye was pretty bad so not much sight, but the right eye could still see some so they didn?t recommend any surgery. Three months later I went in for the follow up and at that point the vet said her eyes had worsened ? he could no longer see the retina in her good eye. After that I noticed that she was bumping into things and had a hard time managing new stairs. She?s still very young at heart so I decided to do the surgery so that she could be her old self again.

Rocky had her surgery on July 27 and the vet said everything went well. The next day when we took her in for the follow up he told us that she had ulcers in both eyes so he switched the eye drops she was on so that they would heal. (Most likely the ulcers developed because Boston?s don?t blink enough.) A few days later, the pressure in her left eye was way up ? she had developed glaucoma. For the next week and a half she spent most of the time at the vets for observation. Almost every night her pressure would spike and a needle was put in her eye to drain it, which causes more inflammation and makes it harder to heal, but if you leave the pressure that high it pushes on the optic nerve and can cause other problems.

Aug 05, 2011
Clydes Cataracts
by: Ruppee

Glad to find this website. Poor Clyde is 9 yrs old and loves to play ball. His left eye showed signs of cataract first and now it looks like his right eye has cataract also. After reading all the stories about the complications from surgery, we definately wont put him through it. This morning, I let Clyde out in his fenched in yard and he ran around and as he came running up the hill, he ran into the fench. That was heart breaking to see but we know he will be happier doing what he can do in his safe environment.
Im going to check with his sister Bonnie's owner to see if she has shown signs of cataracts also.
We'll help Clyde live a safe happy life with cataracts.

Aug 01, 2011
I would not do it again
by: patkf

Our Boston Terrier is 13 and had limited sight in one eye and almost none in the other. We, as some of the rest of you have said, hoped to make things better for our dog. He functioned pretty well around home occasionally bumping into things. When we took him to Florida for a month, we noticed it quite a bit more. The doctor recommended just doing one eye, just in case he had complications. We are 4 weeks out from surgery, and things are not going very well. He made good progress the first two weeks and then developed glaucoma. We had a procedure to inject the eye. Successfully reduced the pressure and two days later he developed an ulcer on the cornea. We go again in 2 days for another check-up. The specialist is an hour away. This has been not good for our dog or us. I really think we should have left well enough alone.

Jul 29, 2011
maggies cataracts
by: brian

Maggie is 9 yrs old and was diagnosed with cataracts at the beginning of this year. We have had multiple trips to the vets, each time they tell me her eyes are getting worse. She's not in any pain, and seems to maneuver around the house fine. After reading these posted comments i am definetely stearing away from surgery. I have found an eye drop on line called can-c, that claims to improve vision and slowly reverse the cataracts all together. Has anyone tried these drops on their bostons? If so, how did it work out? Please let me know. BOSTONS ARE THE BEST!!

Jul 10, 2011
Pee Wee's surgery
by: Rita

I wish I had found this site sooner too. Pee Had surgery April 28 and has had every complication that is listed since. His pressures went up, he got uveitis, he got a corneal abrasion. He had digestive upset, we had to work with him to eat, and I argued that he be removed from Rimadyl, which has all sorts of side effects. The opthalomologist said there were no other antiflammatories and she wanted to keep his eyes safe.

He became lethargic and not himself. He developed a retinal tear in his left eye, rendering it totally sightless.

He was in the E-collar 8 weeks because we went on vacation two weeks and he was boarded (just to be safe.)

Also after we got home from vacation, he wouldn't eat hardly at all again, threw up, etc. I became fearful that it was the Rimadyl they gave him, because about 12 days ago, he had a black, tarry stool symptomtic of Rimadyl toxicity. Finally, I pulled him off Rimadyl over a week ago myself and got another opinion-of which that doctor said that some of his problems are likely from Rimadyl.

About 9 days ago, the opthalmologist said to take the collar off because the surgery and corneal ulcers were healed. He was still pretty lethargic, but happy to be out of it. However, he scratched both corneas even though we watched him diligently, and got a terrible eye infection over last weekend. The diclofunec drops he was on can cause non-healing!

He is on three drops or ointment for the infection (two of which had to be put in the bad eye every hour for 48 hours.) He is on Timolol, Travatan, Dorzolomide, Methazolomide, plus the antibiotic drops. There are more, but I don't list them all now.

He has seen the eye doctor four days in a row last week and the ulcers and infection are clearing. But now, he is depressed and won't open his eyes. He is moving very slowly. At least earlier even with the collar on, he loved going on a walk. Now, he can hardly make it down the street.

Can anyone give me an idea of any recovery time on this or what to do. She has suggested removal of the bad eye, but that's even more surgery.

(He is not a Boston Terrier.)

I would like some ideas on what to do.

Jul 10, 2011
Cataract Surgery Results
by: Nancy

Further to our dog's cataract surgery saga, we ended up having to remove one eye. She is basically blind in the remaining eye and we have to keep up with glaucoma drops three times a day, but the pressures do not seem to be well controlled, or else something else is going on that is ruining her remaining vision. She did not have glaucoma before the cataract surgery was done. She has not adjusted too well to her vision loss - doesn't play anymore, gets lost in the house, having accidents in the house, has to feel her way tentatively around, bangs into things and so on. She could use a little helmet and goggles!

Jul 10, 2011
1 yr old BT with cataracts
by: Jeff

My 1 year old Boston Terrier has developed cataracts and I am undecided if I should or should not have the surgery. She gets along fine in her environment, runs, plays, and hasn't bumped into any objects at home. Yesterday I took her to a park to run, she bumped into a rock.

This makes me think that the progression is getting worse. I have read the other posts, but they are regarding an older BT. Has anyone had their younger Boston treated? Hers is a congenital health condition. She's not diabetic, completely health and no problems otherwise.

Thank you,

Mar 15, 2011
Cataract surgery
by: DeAnn

Our experience was very similar to Nancy's. I wish I would have found this site and posted sooner for your sake. We thought we were doing a good thing for our little Abbie and it really made her life hell for quite a few months. I would have preferred to have left well enough alone now. Once her eyes were so bad, having them removed gave her so much relief from pain. I'm glad Joe Joe didn't have to go through it.

Mar 03, 2011
cataract surgery
by: Patty Newmarket, NH

Nancy thank you so much for sharing. I am so sorry that the surgery didn't go well. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your experience. It has helped me, along with DeAnne's experience, to decided not to go through with the surgery for my Joe Joe. Even though it went badly for you, your experience has helped us. Thank you and bless you and your Boston Terrier.

Feb 19, 2011
Boston Terrier cataract surgery
by: Nancy

Well, we went through with the cataract surgery at the beginning of January, and it has not turned out well. Our dog developed very high pressures in her eyes almost immediately following the surgery. She is now on two different glaucoma drops and we have had one trauma after another in the six weeks since, despite being very diligent with the drops and being very careful. Sadly, and although I would not want to sway another dog's chances for the gift of renewed vision, I would not recommend this surgery. We went into it with mixed feelings and a 50-60% estimated success rate, but wanted to do all that we could for our dog, even though she had no complications from the cataracts yet and seemed to get around just fine for the most part. It was a big and very, very expensive mistake. We will probably end up having one eye removed as there is no sight in it, and the pressures can't seem to stabilize. We are hoping she can retain some sight in the other eye. So basically, after much trauma to the dog and to us, and almost $5K later and counting, we have a dog with worse sight than before the surgery. We had to travel far to get the surgery and the problems afterwards have meant almost daily trips to our own local vet for continued monitoring of the pressures. One aspect that we were not really informed of beyond the cost of the surgery (about $3100 plus the trip expenses) was the ongoing and added expense of the eyedrops (probably about $200 a month or more for the glaucoma meds we now need), plus all the additional expenses for followup with our own local vet. Unfortunately, in my opinion, I do not think cataract surgery for dogs, or at least for boston terriers, is at the point where one should actually seriously consider it. Having a dog's eyes removed and doomed to complete darkness, is in my opinion much worse than living with cataracts, where at least the dog might still have some sense of light and movement. I am writing this now because I searched the internet beforehand looking for experiences of others - we were very torn about whether to go ahead or not. There was not much info about others' experiences. Our experience has ended up badly, and I want to let others debating this surgery know they need to very carefully weigh their own circumstances, and maybe get a couple of second opinions. Apparently some other breeds are more successful and have higher success rates, but it seems Bostons and a few others have a lot of complications, and therefore it might not be the best option to proceed.

Feb 19, 2011
cataract surgery
by: Patty Newmarket, NH

Thank you Deann for sharing your experience. I have decided not to go ahead with the surgery. Joe Joe seems to be adapting to his loss of sight. I apply drops to decrease inflammation and so far things are going well. I love him so much. He's my best friend. I feel better since I read your comment - I think I'm doing the right thing. Thank you!

Jan 21, 2011
Cataract surgery
by: DeAnn

From my experience with it and without it, I would pass on it. Especially with an older dog. We had a Boston that lived her whole life with cataracts and got along fine until the end. We also had the surgery done on our 9 year old Boston in very good health and it went very badly. She was thoroughly checked and given thumbs up for surgery and it's possible success. Complications set in even though we followed all post-operative instructions to the letter and she developed glaucoma (a horrible, painful disease)and had to have her eyes removed. She did great after that. You have to keep them very calm and quiet for 6 weeks and that is very difficult with a healthy Boston. The ordeal was not worth it. They can adapt very well to cataracts and it can be medicated as needed. If it becomes worse or no longer treatable I would remove the eyes before I would try that surgery again. Our Boston adapted well to blindness and kept right on playing. Good luck whatever you do.

Dec 10, 2010
Also trying to decide on surgery
by: Nancy

Hi, we are in the same situation, with our 10 1/2 year old Boston. She is in excellent health, but is losing vision due to cataracts.

We are very concerned about the surgery, because we were told it would only have a 50% success rate, (or maybe 60%, seeing she may only live about four more years... that was the vet's comment, not ours!) If it does not work, her eyes may need to be removed entirely. So that is alarming. The cost, the 9 hour drive one way to get the surgery done, and the questionable success rate has us doubting whether we should proceed. We are also investigating those Can-C (n-acetyl cornosine) eye drops being flogged on the internet.

Anyone with advice to offer on the surgery and the eye drops?

Dec 02, 2010
by: Mary

Congratulations on raising a BT for 13 successful years! It is time for the elderly years so cataract surgery may not be worth the stress on both of you. I have not had the need for this surgery on our pups but I am not sure I would go through with it at that age. My mom had a chihuahua that needed it but she did not have it done. Her dog was happy without it until the day he died at 19 years old.

On the other hand your pup may be in great health otherwise and if you have the extra money it may make you both feel better in the long run.

Be sure to write back and let us know what you decided and how it is going!

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