13 March

Red’s Losing Sight: Cataracts

by Jon Katz

Dr. Fariello told me this morning that Red has lost more than 50 per cent of his sight in his right eye, and 20 per cent in his left eye due to cataracts which are expanding.

We’ve known he has cataracts, but they have expanded rapidly over the last six months. I’ve noticed some confusion when Red is herding sheep, he doesn’t appear to be seeing everything on the right side, there is some hesitation.

He also sometimes has to grope around to find a treat, he doesn’t always see it. At the moment, there is nothing we can do about it, it won’t affect his therapy work at all, but we may have to curtail some of the sheepherding. Have to figure it out. More tests next month.


  1. so sorry to read about Red. I know that blind dogs often lead a very full life—not sure that would translate for a working dog. Hopefully Red wil find his way in all of this.

  2. Sorry about Red – but I’ve had 2 dogs who’ve had successful cataract surgery so I hope this is an option for him and he will not have to face blindness.

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