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Ask the Vet About Glaucoma in Dogs and Cats

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MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Aug 26, 2017
Category: Glaucoma
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Glaucoma, is eye removal worth it?

Question:Hello My dog has been diagnosed with glaucoma in one of her eyes and was given drops to help reduce the pressure in her eye. It did come down and after a week of drops looks a lot less swollen. She acts completely normal, eating habits are good loves to play and isn't showing signs of being restless, the vet wants to do surgery to remove the eye. Is it actually worth it? She's 9 1/2 and again is acting normal. Jk

Answer:That's a really good question because we usually enucleate a non-visual eye just to make 100% sure it isn't causing them pain. Many times we don't realize this until we remove it. But that is a decision you can make because you know her really well and have seen her improve with the medications. Most dogs become painful again after a few months, but not all.

Date: Aug 22, 2017
Category: Glaucoma
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What medicine can i use

Question:My pug has glaucoma and I don't know what to do. It looks like it hurts her. Any recommendations? I don't have money for the surgery right now ):

Answer:There are drops your veterinarian can prescribe and try before surgery. We will usually recommend surgery for a non-visual eye just to remove the pain. There is nothing over-the-counter, that I know of, that will help glaucoma.

Date: Aug 22, 2017
Category: Glaucoma
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Micropthalmia

Question:A puppy for adoption was diagnosed with Micropthalmia in one eye. We were told her sight was still fine and that it's not progressive. Any comments concerns about Micropthalmia?

Answer:It's a pretty rare condition - a veterinary ophthalmologist would be the perfect person to ask because they see it much more than we do in private practice. If your veterinarian was able to confirm that her sight is fine, it may never be an issue for her. While it isn't considered progressive, I believe she is a little predisposed to ocular problems later in life but again, I'm not an ophthalmologist.

Date: Mar 4, 2017
Category: Glaucoma
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Glaucoma and blindness

Question:My cocker spaniel is blind in his right eye due to glaucoma.how long before he has glaucoma in his left eye ?

Answer:There is no way to guess. He may not get it in the other eye, but you are right, they usually do - sometimes it is years and then sometimes it's just a few weeks later. The second eye usually seems to do a little better with medication because you catch it earlier, so have her veterinarian recheck the pressure in his eye frequently.

Date: Jan 28, 2017
Category: Glaucoma
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cataract/glaucoma

Question:My 7 year old black lab has had a cataract in her right eye since she was a puppy. It started progressing the last few years with no complications other than some obvious vision loss. Recently she has had a gradual decrease in vision and gradual bulging of the eye and reddened cornea. I assume she has glaucoma secondary to her cataract. She is still very active, no loss of appetite, and is a very happy dog. All the reading I have done suggests she would need her eye removed. Would glaucoma drops be effective at this time? Or what if I do nothing and let her live her life this way? Enucleation on my baby is not an option. I just want her comfortable and not in pain - if she may be in some that I cannot tell, or would eventually come.

Answer:It does sound like it might be glaucoma. You won't know for sure until you have the pressure checked in her eye. Drops will work occasionally for glaucoma and are certainly worth a try if enucleation isn't an option. You will also be able to kind of gauge how much the eye is hurting her based on how high the pressure is in her eye. If the pressure is really high and her eye is totally non-visual and drops don't help at all, don't be too scared of enucleation because it can make them feel a lot better.

Date: Jan 19, 2017
Category: Glaucoma
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: pain

Question:My dog has glaucoma & my vet wanted to remove the eye ball & we decided not to have this done. My question is he in pain other than when i touch his eyes? i know when i touch them they hurt because he pulls away & cries. Is he in a contant pain that would make him uncomfortable?

Answer:This decision is best made by discussion with you and/or your local veterinarian. I would prefer you get second opinion from vet eye specialist in your area who can best make the determination of degree of pain and/or need to remove eye. I would also ask about making sure any potential glaucoma in other eye is also being addressed


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