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Eye Support for Cats & Dogs
Eye Support for Cats & Dogs
Eye Support for Cats & Dogs
Eye Support for Cats & Dogs
Eye Support for Cats & Dogs
Eye Support for Cats & Dogs
Eye Support for Cats & Dogs
Eye Support for Cats & Dogs
Eye Support for Cats & Dogs
Eye Support for Cats & Dogs
Eye Support for Cats & Dogs
Eye Support for Cats & Dogs
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Eye Support For Cats & Dogs

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New look, same great formulations! Dr Mercola's pet supplements have been rebranded to Bark & Whiskers™

  • Supports your pet's vision and ocular health with a unique blend of 6 antioxidant vitamins and herbs 
  • Contains powerful antioxidants, anthocyanins, carotenoids, and Zeaxanthin to support the health of sensitive eye tissues
  • Features Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant known as the “king of carotenoids"

Net weight: 162 g (5.71 oz) | 90 scoops

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Your pets’ eyes are among their most precious – and complex – organs. They depend on them for normal, healthy mobility and interaction with their people. Providing your pets with plenty of antioxidant support helps promote optimal vision and eye health.

Eye tissues are especially sensitive to oxidative stress from free radical damage, and antioxidants play an important role in fighting free radicals in your pet’s body.

Bark and Whiskers have put together a carefully formulated blend of powerful antioxidants targeted for optimal vision and eye health. 

Helps protect one of your pet’s most precious and complex organs so you can enjoy years of active companionship together.

New look, same great formulations! Dr Mercola's pet supplements have been rebranded to Bark & Whiskers™

  • Supports your pet's vision and ocular health with a unique blend of 6 antioxidant vitamins and herbs 
  • Contains powerful antioxidants, anthocyanins, carotenoids, and Zeaxanthin to support the health of sensitive eye tissues
  • Features Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant known as the “king of carotenoids"

Net weight: 162 g (5.71 oz) | 90 scoops

Your pets’ eyes are among their most precious – and complex – organs. They depend on them for normal, healthy mobility and interaction with their people. Providing your pets with plenty of antioxidant support helps promote optimal vision and eye health.

Eye tissues are especially sensitive to oxidative stress from free radical damage, and antioxidants play an important role in fighting free radicals in your pet’s body.

Bark and Whiskers have put together a carefully formulated blend of powerful antioxidants targeted for optimal vision and eye health. 

Helps protect one of your pet’s most precious and complex organs so you can enjoy years of active companionship together.

Administer Eye Support orally, once per day.

Cats (2+ lbs) = 0.9 g (½ scoop)

Toy Breed Dogs (up to 14 lbs) = 0.9 g (½ scoop)

Small Breed Dogs (15 to 29 lbs) = 1.8 g (1 scoop)

Medium Breed Dogs (30 to 49 lbs) = 2.7 g (1½ scoops)

Large Breed Dogs (50 to 79 lbs) = 3.6 g (2 scoops)

Giant Breed Dogs (80+ lbs) = 5.4 g (3 scoops)

Recommended for antioxidant support of healthy vision function in cats and dogs.

Delivered in a natural, liver-flavored powder, Eye Support for Cats & Dogs doesn’t require refrigeration and has a long shelf life.

A unique blend of antioxidants for optimal eye support, Eye Support for Cats & Dogs contains:

  • Astaxanthin is sourced from the microalgae Haematococcus Pluvialis, one of the most bioavailable natural sources of astaxanthin, and made with a special non-toxic CO2 extraction method that yields a pure, top-quality product with 10% astaxanthin, compared to a typical 5 to 7% yield.
  • Zeaxanthin is sourced from marigold flowers rather than a synthetic source.
  • Bilberry is derived from the fruit of the bilberry plant.
  • Lutein is a naturally occurring carotenoid that’s able to fight free radicals and protect cells from oxidative damage.
  • Vitamins C and E

Inactive ingredients: Beef Liver, Organic Tapioca, Maltodextrin.


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Eye tissues are especially
sensitive to oxidative stress
from free radical damage.

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Young or old, your pet's eyes play
an important role in how they interact
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FAQs

Your pets’ eyes can provide valuable clues about their health because they’re connected to both the vascular and neurological systems.

Do you know the characteristics of healthy eyes? The ASPCA offers nine tips to help you recognise healthy eyes and spot clues to issues that warrant a visit to your veterinarian:

  1. Sit facing your pets in a brightly lit area and look into their eyes.

    With dogs, the eyes should be clear and bright, and the area around the eyeball, and the sclera, white. The pupils should be equal in size and there shouldn't be tearing, discharging, or any crust in the corners of his eyes.

    If there is cloudiness, a change in eye colour or a yellow-tinged sclera, unequal pupil sizes, or a visible third eyelid, check with your vet.

  2. Take a closer look by gently rolling down your pet’s lower eyelid with your thumb until you can see the lining. It should be pink, not red or white.

  3. Clean your pet’s eyes gently to remove dirt and discharge. Use a damp cotton ball, wiping outward from the corner of the eye, and use extreme care not to touch the eyeball or scratch the cornea.

    If you notice persistent runny eyes and discharge, please see your veterinarian. Your pet may have an infection.

  4. Keep hair trimmed around your pets’ eyes. Using scissors with rounded tips, carefully trim the hair around your dogs’ eyes to keep their vision clear and prevent hair from poking and scratching.

  5. Avoid using irritating soaps, shampoos and topical sprays or lotions. Protect your dogs’ eyes before bathing them or applying ointments or flea-control formulas.

  6. Watch your pets’ behaviour. Do they frequently paw or rub their eyes? Or do they frequently squint?

  7. As much as dogs love feeling the wind in their face, when you drive with your pets, make sure their heads stay inside the car. The wind can dry your dogs’ eyes or cause potential irritations, infections or injuries if any bugs or debris hit their eyes.

  8. Know your pets’ breed reputation for their eye health. Are they from a breed that might need a little more attention to maintain optimal eye health?

  9. Schedule regular pet checkups, and be sure your vet checks your pet’s eyes during each visit.

Paying attention to these easy practices and important cues will help you keep your pet’s eyes healthy. Then, if an issue arises, you can catch it early before it worsens.

Every pet owner should follow these tips, but there’s a special group of animals that warrant extra attention.

Being in this group is no guarantee your pet will have eye trouble, but the animals in this group are more prone to develop eye issues than other pets.

These animals, beloved by many pet parents for their sweet faces, are known as brachycephalic breeds.

The word brachycephalic, which comes from Greek, means “short head.” Sometimes they’re described as “flat-faced.” Whatever word you use to describe them, they have short snouts and widely-spaced eyes.

Cat and dog breeds in this category include:

  • Persian
  • Himalayan
  • Burmese
  • Bulldog, French and English
  • Pug
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Pekingese
  • Shih Tzu

These pets have nasal bones that are more compact than other pets, making their eyes more prominent in their faces. Sometimes, this prominence can expose their eyes to injury or make it difficult for their eyelids to completely cover their eyes when closed.

These are both issues that require attention from a veterinarian.

Following the ASPCA tips will help you spot issues that need a vet’s attention early on and help you optimise your brachycephalic pet’s vision and eye health.

Also, pay special attention to your pets’ eyes if they have long hair around their face that can cause irritation to their eyes. This includes breeds such as Maltese, Sheepdogs and Poodles.

Whatever your pets’ breed, their eyes will benefit from your increased attention as they age to help them maintain their normal active lifestyle.

Just as changes occur in your eyes as you get older, changes also occur in your pets’ eyes as a normal part of the ageing process.

A common change that many cat and dog owners notice is the clouding of the lens, often seen in dogs over the age of six and cats over the age of ten. Called “nuclear sclerosis,” this cloudiness usually develops in both eyes and can be alarming if you don't know it’s a normal and painless process of ageing.

Nuclear sclerosis comes on gradually, and even though your pets may not see as well up close – much like a middle-aged person who needs reading glasses – they adapt well to the minor changes in vision that it causes.

Dogs often experience another normal change when the tapetum lucidum, the layer of reflective cells that help with night vision, begins to get thinner.

If your dogs become hesitant to go outside at night, it may be due to this process, which decreases their night vision. Extra lighting can help ease their uncertainty.

On the flip side, some dogs become more light-sensitive as they age.

When this happens, it’s because the muscle in the iris that constricts the pupil weakens, making bright light less tolerable. This is also a normal change that progresses slowly and shouldn't interfere greatly with your dog’s everyday living.

If you notice any changes in your pet’s eyes that appear suddenly, or anything that starts to concern you, don’t delay a visit to your veterinarian.

There’s an old English proverb that says the eyes are the windows to the soul.

And every pet parent can tell you, that’s just as true for animals as it is for humans.

Your pets tell you so much with their eyes…

They light up with excitement when you walk in the door, and your pets look at you with eager eyes and when they're begging to play.

Or when they're hurt or frightened, their eyes provide important signals that let you know that they need help or comfort.

If your dogs do something mischievous, their eyes communicate shame. And when your cats want space to be left alone, their eyes will let you know it.

Besides the role they play in communicating with you, your pets also rely on their eyes to enjoy all their regular activities, such as running, jumping, playing fetch and chasing toys.

Your pets’ eyes are among their most precious – and complex – organs. Because they are so important to your pets’ well-being, they warrant special care to help keep them working at their best.

There are several things you should pay attention to as you monitor your pets’ eye health and a few simple things you can do to help protect their eyes so they can enjoy an active life well into old age.

First, let’s take a look at some of the unique and interesting features of cat and dog eyes…

As a general rule, a mammal’s eyes don’t see as clearly as the eyes of a bird or a reptile. Some scientists think this may be because mammals’ ancestors used to live more nocturnal lives.

Many birds and reptiles have eyes designed to see detailed images for daytime hunting. Mammals, such as dogs, cats and humans, on the other hand, have eyes that pick up movement more than detail and adjust to changing light levels.

Each animal species has unique eye functions that help them navigate their world. In dogs and cats, these fascinating features include:

  • Very large pupils to see well – better than their humans – in dim light conditions.
  • Dogs’ eyes have a circular iris muscle, the same as humans.
  • Cats’ eyes have a figure-eight muscle that closes the iris way down to a slit, giving them better focus than dogs and humans.
  • Dogs and cats have more rods than cones in their eyes. Rods are used for detecting movement, while cones perceive colour and details.
  • Cats and long-nosed dogs have a “visual streak” that allows them to focus sharply at a distance and gives them great peripheral vision.
  • Instead of a visual streak, short-nosed dogs have high-density vision cells that give them an advantage in reading their owner’s facial expressions.
  • Cats and dogs have a third eyelid, called the nictitating membrane, that works as a thin shutter to protect the eyeball.

Even though they’re now domesticated and don’t rely heavily on these features for pure survival, they still play a big part in how they experience and interact with the world…

Colour, shape, movement, details… all of these compose the picture your pets take in through their eyes – their picture of the world.

Because your dogs or cats have fewer cones in their eyes, they see colours less vividly than you do, with yellow, green and blue being the clearest.

They also see better in the dark than you, with a layer of special reflective cells, called the tapetum lucidum, that reflects and enhances any light entering their eyes.

While there are exceptions, most dogs see forms and movement rather than sharp images with detailed features. Your dogs rely heavily on their keen sense of smell to “read” their world, so for them, vision is secondary.

While your cats also rely on their highly developed sense of smell, sight is a little more important for them.

The unique slit-shaped design of their iris muscles allows them to see well in dim light, and their ability to focus on objects and detect movement is highly refined…

Your cat needs only one-sixth the amount of light to see that you do. But don’t believe any stories you hear about cats being able to see in total darkness. Their capabilities don’t go that far.

Your dogs require around twice as much light for seeing as cats, but only one-third as much as you, giving them exceptional night vision as well.

Dogs and cats have evolved in a natural world where darkness offers advantages – and sometimes, the key to survival. Wild dogs escape to their dens to rest in safety and away from the glaring sun.

In the wild, cats and dogs move freely in ever-changing light conditions. In contrast, domesticated pets live in an artificially lit world that can be stressful for them and their eyes.

With the above said, Dr Karen Becker recommends having at least one space in your home where your pets can retreat into darkness, or at least escape the continuous glare of artificial fluorescent lights.

And if your pets spend a lot of time outdoors, be sure they have access to a shady spot.

This great product - Eye Support for Cats and Dogs is provided via our exclusive partner, Bark & Whiskers, where Dr Karen Becker, one of the most followed wellness and integrative veterinarians in the world, shares the most up-to-date information on species-appropriate nutrition and care.

Dr. Becker

Just like Furchild, she believes that the food and lifestyle choices you make for your pets form the foundation of their health and longevity.

Moreover, Dr Becker is also the first veterinarian to give a TEDx Talk on species-appropriate nutrition. 

She enjoys empowering pet parents and helping them become knowledgeable advocates for their pets’ well-being. Instead of simply addressing the symptoms, Dr Becker promotes the use of functional medicine, which involves making dietary and lifestyle choices to help pets thrive and prevent illness.

And in 2021, she also co-authored with pet influencer, Rodney Habib, to publish their book - The Forever Dog, which became the first-ever No.1 New York Times best-selling book about intentionally creating canine well-being.

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A healthy diet, rich in antioxidants is key to supporting your pet’s vision and eye health.

Antioxidants are special phytonutrients (“phyto” is Greek for “plant”) that help protect your pets’ cells by fighting free radicals in their bodies.

To understand how antioxidants work, consider the case of a bicycle that’s left outside in the rain…

As the oxygen molecules in the water react with the iron in the metal, a chemical reaction takes place called oxidation. We know it as rust, a sign of breakdown and decay.

It’s not much different with your pet’s body – or your own, for that matter.

In the body, unstable oxygen-containing molecules are called free radicals, and they travel throughout your pet’s body searching for electrons to steal from stable molecules. When they succeed, the exchange of electrons that takes place is called oxidation.

Without antioxidants to absorb excessive free radicals, your pet’s body experiences oxidative stress. Even though it’s not visible, like the rust on a bicycle, damage as a result of too many free radicals takes place in your pet’s cells.

Eye tissues are especially sensitive to this oxidative stress from free radical damage.

Antioxidants pair with the unstable free radical molecules, helping to neutralise them and minimise oxidative stress on your pet's cells.

Making sure your pets eat a healthy quantity of antioxidants is important for their vision and eye health, especially if your pets are ageing or if they're dogs with shorter muzzles and protruding eyes.

Fresh plant foods are rich in antioxidants, such as polyphenols, vitamins and minerals. But cats and dogs are natural carnivores, which means they need to eat mostly meat.

So, how do they get enough antioxidants?

In the wild, they eat prey, and the stomachs of those prey contain small amounts of fruits and vegetables. While it’s only a small amount, it’s crucial to maintaining their health. And the same is true for your pet.

That’s why Dr Karen Becker recommends feeding your pet a fresh species-specific diet with natural antioxidants as the ideal way to support your pet’s vision.

She further recommends feeding them raw (unless otherwise noted) and in the case of fruits and veggies, gently puréed for optimal digestion. Here are some of the best vegetable, fruit, and protein sources of antioxidants for your pets’ eyes:

If you’re still feeding your pets a commercial dry or canned pet food diet, you can boost their antioxidant intake by mixing in some of these foods.

Every step you take to improve your pet’s diet, no matter how small, can promote good eye and overall health.

Carotenoids are an important class of colourful antioxidants that includes beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein.

Responsible for the bright yellow, orange and red hues of many fruits and vegetables, as well as the reddish colouring of some sea creatures, they help promote healthy vision.

Among this class of antioxidants, one stands out for its exceptional bioactivity…

Astaxanthin, known as the “king of the carotenoids,” possesses antioxidant capacity up to…

  • 65 times more powerful than vitamin C.
  • 54 times more powerful than beta-carotene.
  • 5 times more powerful than lutein.

Astaxanthin exhibits uniquely strong free radical scavenging ability, helping to protect your pet’s cells, organs and tissues from oxidative damage. It’s also far more effective than other carotenoids at “singlet oxygen quenching,” a process that helps stop a certain type of oxidation.

Your pets can’t make their own astaxanthin, so they must obtain it from their diet. There are only a small handful of sources, and they all have one thing in common…

They eat the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis.

This little aquatic organism is typically found in shallow bodies of water that dry up from time to time, such as rock pools along the seacoast.

It generates astaxanthin as a protective response when its water supply dries up. Then the water rises again, and it gets consumed by sea animals such as wild salmon, krill, shrimp and lobster. 

The only way to get astaxanthin naturally is to eat something that’s in the food chain of the microalgae or the original source of the red antioxidant pigment itself.

Bark & Whiskers™ Eye Support features astaxanthin from Haematococcus pluvialis to provide its super-antioxidant power for supporting optimal vision and eye health.

Furchild menu options that contain natural sources of astaxanthin include Premium Freeze-dried Wild-caught Shrimp and Premium Freeze-dried Wild-caught Salmon. 

Among the carotenoids that promote health in your pet’s eyes, two are most notable.

These powerful polyphenols promote healthy eye function by fighting free radicals that have the potential to cause damage to cells.

They are found in high concentrations in parts of the eye crucial for clear sight and play an important role in supporting normal visual function. However, your pets’ bodies don’t produce these antioxidants, so they must be supplied by their diets.

These antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, are found in many leafy green plants and colourful fruits and vegetables. In dogs, they are found in high concentrations in a part of the eye called the macula.

The macula is a tiny little spot at the back of the retina with big responsibilities. It contains a high concentration of photoreceptor cells that perform the job of detecting light, perceiving colour and delivering the fine details of your pets’ central vision to their brains.

Your cats don’t have a macula, but lutein and zeaxanthin are found in high concentrations in their retinas, the part of the eye that receives and organizes visual information.

In nature, lutein and zeaxanthin have been observed to function in plants by absorbing excess light energy to prevent damage from too much sunlight, especially from high-energy sunrays.

Furchild Meals for dogs contain natural sources of lutein and zeaxanthin from 100% organic produce like romaine lettuce, spinach, parsley, broccoli, squash, pumpkin and kale. 

Another powerful eye support herb included in our Bark & Whiskers' Eye Support formula is Bilberry. This little shrub, with fruit that looks like blueberries, is loaded with anthocyanins.

Anthocyanins are another type of antioxidants that support your pet’s healthy eye function. 

In particular, anthocyanins are found in your pet's eyes’ aqueous humour, the thick watery substance that surrounds the lens and cornea. The aqueous humour maintains healthy eye pressure and transports antioxidants and other nutrients to other eye tissues.

Furchild Meals for dogs contain natural sources of anthocyanins from 100% organic produce like blueberries and sweet potatoes.

Last of all, Dr Karen Becker also included vision-supporting antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin E. These vitamins also act as antioxidants, adding yet another line of defence against free radicals that might cause damage to your pet’s eyes.

Furchild Meals for dogs and cats ensures that they get the right amount of vitamins C and E by using organic whole foods rich in these vitamins. We add extra supplements when needed, to ensure optimal health benefits for your pet.

The quality of pet food you choose plays a crucial role in maintaining the eye health of your pets because it provides essential nutrients that support the structure and function of their eyes.

When pets don't receive the right nutrition from their food, they can develop various eye problems, such as vision loss, cataracts, glaucoma, and more.

Therefore, it is essential to select high-quality pet food, such as Furchild Meals. This choice ensures that your pets' diets remain fresh, species-appropriate, balanced, and rich in phytonutrients, polyphenols, carotenoids, and other essential antioxidants. These elements work together to protect your pets' eye health, allowing them to enjoy vibrant vision.

For additional recommendations on foods that can naturally support your pet's eye health, please click here. 

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