Life isn’t perfect. There are flaws inherited in every living thing. For example, we human just can’t avoid some back and knee problems as that’s how our body is made. In the case of Havanese, they do have inherited health problems that can likely be triggered as they get older and older. There are two main types of issues that are due to their body structure. The first one is joint problems which I have talked about previous in this blog post. In this blog post, I am going to talk about some of the inherited eye problems and disorders of Havanese. Let me try to describe to you briefly and then share with you some tips on dealing with them.
Heritable Cataract is the Most Common Issue for Havanese
Cataract usually shows up for Havanese at the age of 3 to 4, yet sometimes as late as 7 years or older. Like cataract for human, it can cause Havanese to lose some or entire ability to see things. Since this is an inherit disorder, the best way to avoid it is to not let a Havanese that has such disorder to generate the next generation. Eye tests are available for Havanese these days to see if they have the heritable cataract. If you are thinking to let your Havanese and another Havanese produce the next generation, it is wise and responsible to make sure that both Havanese pass the eye test. Don’t confuse this heritable cataract with senior cataracts which happens to a lot of different dog breeds when they get old. Havanese may have senior cataracts when they get to the age of 9 years or older.
Can Heritable Cataract be Cured?
If heritable cataract is discovered early, there is a good chance that the process of losing sight can be slowed down and complete blindness can be avoided. There are chances that heritable cataract can be completely cured but it doesn’t happen very often. In order words, there are sadly only two things we can do. The first is that we want to avoid it completely by owning a dog that has both parents passed the eye test. The second is that we want to have our Havanese checked up regularly, so we can know right away when our Havanese have signs of heritable cataract. That would give up the best chance to reduce or slow down the problem.
Cherry Eyes for Havanese
Do you know that all dogs are born with a third eyelid. That is probably why puppy eyes look so cute. At the same time, it can cause some eye disorders. In the case of Havanese, the third eyelid can get swollen and causes a disorder called “cherry eyes”. What it basically means is that the swollen third eyelid cause the gland, a part of the eye, to move forward and cause the eye to be inflamed. And things can easily get worse. Having cherry eye for one single eye can easily make the other eye infected as well.
Treatment for Cherry Eyes
The treatment for cherry eyes is actually quite simple. Usually, the vet would move the grand backward to where it should be and let the eyes heals heal either naturally or through medicine.
Too Much Tearing is a Common Eye Disorder for Havanese
Excessive tearing is sometimes called “poodle eye”. You can tell that your Havanese has such eye disorder when you see some stain in their tears. This can get more obvious for white or light-colored Havanese. For dark-colored Havanese, you may have to notice the unusual amount of tear to find out the issue since the stain may not be as noticeable. Poodle eye can be causes of a number of different factors, including dusty environment, smoking, hair in the eye, bacteria or allergies.
Curing Poddle Eye
Since the cause of poddle eye can be very different for every Havanese, finding out the real cause is the key of curing. For example, if it is an environment issue such as living in a very dusty environment or people smoking around your Havanese all the time. The eye disorder should gradually heal while you remove these causes. In the case of bacteria infection, your vet should give you corresponding medicine to heal your Havanese.
In conclusion, there are three common eye disorders for Havanese. They are heritable cataract, cherry eyes and excessive tearing. There are always something you can do to reduce the chance of these disorders happening or reduce the severity of them. In the case of heritable cataract, you want to avoid getting a Havanese that has a parent that doesn’t pass the eye test. You also want to check up your Havanese regularly to have the issue diagnosed as soon as possible to avoid blindness. In the case of cherry eyes, you just need to make sure that you take your Havanese to your vet early to fix the issue quickly. In the case of excessive tearing, you have to be more careful in observing what the cause of the issue is and remove the cause as soon as possible. Keep your home clean and not smoking at home are usually good places to start.
Fun Related Fact: Why Do Dogs Have a Third Eyelid
All dogs are born with three eyelids. But you can rarely see the third eyelid very clearly. If you can see it clearly, it is possible that your dog has a swollen third eyelid which can easily cause your eye to be inflamed. The reasons for us human to have eyelids is to provide some protection to our eyes. Dogs are the same. May be their evolution process give them three eyelids to protect even more protection to their eyes. The evolution process seems random but it is also that randomness and the rule of evolve or die that make every body part has a purpose. However, like for all species, there is no single specie that has the evolution progress completely finished so we are all filled with flaws.