A dog's vision can begin to deteriorate with health problems and age, so it's important to monitor your pup's vision health throughout his life. If you are wondering if your dog is losing vision, here's some ways to check to see if your dog is losing his sight.
These 4 supplements can help improve the overall health of your dog's life, to lower the chances of potential vision problems and to improve any eye problems they may be suffering from now.
Ocu-Glo Dog Vision Supplements are especially designed to help support canine eye health by board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists. There are 12 anti-oxidants that have been proven to be helpful in preserving and maintaining vision in dogs and can be helpful for protecting eye cells from oxidative damage which causes Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) , old age retinal degeneration, diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma and dry eyes. The primary ingredients are lutein, grapeseed extracts and omega-3 fatty acids. It comes in two sizes, one for medium to larger dogs;and one for smaller dogs.
Dr. Mercola's Eye Support for Pets supplements contain some of the top eye health-supporting antioxidants available including lutein, astaxanthin, zeaxanthin, and vitamins C and E from healthy non-synthetic sources. It is a liver flavored powder that you can add to food.
Dr. Mercola's eye formula emphasizes astaxanthin which some studies have found to be a good at fighting free radicals which helps to protect the body from oxidative damage. Since dogs can't product their own astaxanthin, it has to be obtain from their diet. These supplements have a high leverl of astaxathin to help fight damage.
Dr. Carol's Quantum Dog Eye Essentials is designed to offer support for healthy eyes and clear vision. It promotes a healthy cornea, lens, and retina. It uses essential vitamins to supply healthy eye growth and rejuvenation, and uses quality antioxidants to improve your pup's natural bodily detoxification process.
Dr. Carol's claims to be “the most complete eye protection formula ever conceived…” It includes antioxidant to protect against free radicals. It also includes therapeutically effective amounts of zeaxanthin (6,000 mcg) the most powerful carotenoid for eye protection, lutein (3,500 mcg), two powerful carotenoid that promotes optimal eye health. It also contains known eye protectants like bilberry , blueberry, eyebright, gingko biloba alpha lipoic acid, grape seed extract and tons of other healthy anti-aging ingredients.
Maxxi Omega Fatty Acid Supplements are not specifically targeted for vision but they can still help your dog maintain or improve his vision by supporting eye health, while also improving his overall physical condition. MaxxiOmega is an advanced fatty acid formula that contains high quality Omega 3, 6 and 9 which can help with eye moisture and tear production. It also includes natural antioxidants and vitamins, including biotin, for maximum skin and fur health benefits.
For Tear Stains: Eden Pond Canine Clear Supplements
I've added Eden Pond Clear Supplements to this list of eye supplements for dogs since so many of you were asking what would help with tear stains when asking about vision supplements for dogs.
Eden Pond Canine Clear Supplements are designed to effectively eliminate tear stains around the eyes and mouth by introducing certain vitamins and minerals to your dogs diet. This supplement works to get rid of the tear stains before they begin. Simply sprinkle a little bit on your dogs food every day. Effects won't start immediately, but after a week or two, you should begin to see your pup's tear stains clear up as your dog's new coat grows in..
Before you give your pup any of these supplements, be sure to follow dosage instructions and talk to your vet. With the right nutrients, your dog's eye health can improve for a healthier happier pet. I have not personally tried any of these supplements on my dogs. But I am a big believer in supplements especially for older pets and believe that they can really help boost a dogs overall health. The ingredients listed in these supplements should be helpful in improving the health of your dog's eyes.
Originally published February 2015 and update April 2016.