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Our dog, a Yorkshire terrier, has cataracts on both eyes. we

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Our dog, a Yorkshire terrier, has cataracts on both eyes. we have had him for 15 years; can he be operated on or is he too old
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Rebecca :

Hello,

Rebecca :

I am sorry to hear your Yorkie has cataracts.

Rebecca :

My name is***** am a veterinarian, and will do my best to help.

Rebecca :

15 is pretty old, and dogs do adjust to poor vision pretty well.

Rebecca :

If you were going to do surgery, he would first have to have an eye exam by a veterinary ophthalmologist to be sure that his retinas, and the rest of the eyes, are functional. No sense doing cataract surgery if he is going to be blind from another reason, and still not be able to see after surgery.

Rebecca :

Blood tests and a physical exam would have to show he is a good candidate for surgery, and anesthesia.

Rebecca :

You are aware of the high cost of this surgery?

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I hope you can see what I am writing!

Rebecca :

I am not seeing responses from you. Sometimes we can't see what the other is saying in live chat. If I do not hear from you soon, I will try another way to connect with you.

JACUSTOMER-8od43p4o- :

How expensive? and where in London area? is he possibly too old?

Rebecca :

This surgery is usually done by a veterinary ophthalmologist, a specialist. You need specialized equipment to do the surgery, and special training.

Rebecca :

I am in the US; this is an international website, so I would not know a specific specialist in London. Your regular vet should be able to direct you to a veterinary eye specialist in your area.

Rebecca :

The cost in the US is $2500 for one eye, $3500 to $4000 to do both eyes.

Rebecca :

Looks like that is 1500 pounds per eye.

Rebecca :

2500 pounds or more for both.

JACUSTOMER-8od43p4o- :

Thank you for your advice and time

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Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the good rating.
Rebecca
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

You have dealt sufficiently with my query. Thank you

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Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
You are welcome.
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Rebecca