Dilated pupils are a serious warning sign that should always be examined by a veterinarian right away. If it turns out that your pet has glaucoma, she is going to need medications to reduce the dangerous buildup of pressure. Until the medications take effect, your vet may recommend keeping your pet away from bright lights by closing blinds in the house, for example, or by fitting her with a visor, available in pet supply stores.
"If your pet has already lost part of her vision from glaucoma, you can help her adapt and live safely by keeping her surroundings constant," adds Dr. de Papp. This means not moving the furniture too often and being careful not to leave belongings where your pet might trip over them.
Cats with nutritional deficiencies are easily cared for by switching to name-brand, commercially prepared foods, all of which contain taurine and thiamin. If your cat simply loves fish, give her fish-flavored cat food. Or at least cook fish thoroughly before putting it in her bowl, which will deactivate the harmful substances it contains, says Dr. Gigliotti.
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