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Phacoemulsification is a surgical procedure recommended for canine cataracts.

Commonly affected breeds include the American cocker spaniel, Poodle, Boston Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer, Bichon Frise and Labrador Retriever.

Phacoemulsification involves emulsifying the lens using an ultrasonic handpiece and aspirating the contents from the eye.

Few complications arise from this procedure, including endophthalmitis and retinal detachment.