Care & Grooming Tips (10
of 15) - Horse
Dear Dr. Pankau,
Good Morning. Is there a nutrition supplement that will reduce the
progression of cataracts in my 7-yr old pony? They are very small
and do not interfere with vision at this point.
There are many causes of cataracts in horses. Some are congenital,
some are inherited, some are traumatic, some are associated with
uveitis (moon blindness). Treatment would depend on the cause (surgical
or medical management) but In general I would suggest that you try
some aspirin daily in the feed (30-60 grams) to help reduce any
inflammation in the eye. Keep your pony on a good worming program
that would include the use of an ivermectin wormer. This class of
wormer will kill a worm called Onchocerca which has been implicated
in moon blindness which can lead to cataracts. There are some neutriceuticals
(feeds or feed additives like arabinogalactins) that claim to have
anti-inflammatory properties as well.
I hope this helps.