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My 14 yr old mixed Pom/Russel has developed nuclear sclerosis and I read that giving him Vitamin C may help.  Do I buy tablets and crush them to put in his food?  How much? He is 8 pounds and other than his eyes, perfectly healthy. Thanks.

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I don't think that there is much you can do at this point with a 14 yr old dog. The problem with Vit C is that dogs make it in their systems with their food, so they really don't need supplements and when you give them, especially Vit C, you may cause diarrhea, which can be worse then him having the sclerosis.

Nuclear sclerosis is a very normal part of aging in dogs and cats. It really doesn't affect them very much. They can still see, and they rely on all of their other senses more anyway.

So I wouldn't start pumping your dog full of Vit C. You should discuss this with your dog's vet first.  

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PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING TO ME: I am NOT a vet and do NOT diagnose diseases. That is only for a licensed Veterinarian to do. I will give you suggestions and steer you toward calling your vet for help. You can call the vet's office and talk to the technician there or the vet at times. Don't be afraid to call them! If you have a serious issue with your pet please post it to one of the veterinarians in here- I will tell you the same thing in my answer. IF your pet is injured or in an emergency situation, CALL YOUR VET- Do not wait and post in here. Just call the vet's office and get them in to see the vet right away. Critical treatment time is lost if you seek answers here when you should have your precious pet at the vets!! Don't sit at home waiting for an answer when your pet is critically ill or injured!! I can answer most questions about small animal and wildlife care as well as small animal nutrition. I can also answer questions about all phases of dental care for small animals. I DO NOT answer questions about birds (unless it is wildlife or songbirds) or HAMSTERS/GERBILS/CHINS/GUINEA PIGS/REPTILES/FROGS/RABBITS/PET BIRDS OF ANY KIND so please submit these questions to the appropriate sections. I, as well as other experts in here, do NOT do homework questions- that is for YOU to do! Please respect these rules for all of us. Thanks!

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I have over 35 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love.

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Licensed with California and Oregon, RVT and CVT. Certified Veterinary Dental Technician Have over 550 logged hours of Continuing Education Credits(that means I keep up to date!).

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