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PETS Q&A: Eye drops might help dog

Question: My 10-year-old basset hound is getting cataracts and can't see as well as she used to. Is there anything that can be done? - M.Q., Akron, Ohio

Answer: I'm assuming you mean something short of cataract surgery. "Nutritional eye drops have also been shown to reduce lens opacities and improve vision in approximately 80 percent of dogs tested," said veterinarian Nan Decker of Wellness Path Holistic Veterinary Care in Akron, Ohio.

Decker likes OcluVet, which is pricey but worth it, she said, at $133 per bottle, which goes a long way. Check out the Web site at www.ocluvet.com, which explains how the treatment works and what to expect in the months ahead.

Over time, crystalline proteins in the eye lens are damaged and denatured, allowing them to clump together, the company says. The clumps of proteins form cataracts. The drops aid in neutralizing free radicals, unclumping the tangles, with varying results, depending on the dog.

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