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Ask the Vet About Glaucoma in Dogs and Cats

Glaucoma
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Ask the Vet About What Causes Glaucoma in Dogs & Cats?
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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: Jun 28, 2019
Category: Glaucoma
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eye drops

Question:I gave my dogs eye drops too soon. It was only 4 hours instead of 8 hours. Latanoprost and Cosopt. Will it hurt her?

Answer:Since I don't routinely prescribe those, it is ideal to consult your ophthalmologist but if you only did it once, that should be fine. Now just go back to every 8 hours.

Date: Jun 12, 2019
Category: Glaucoma
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Uncertain re diagnosis

Question:My dog (13 yo male cocker spaniel), in excellent health, recently and suddenly woke up with droopy eyes and blindness. We rushed him to the emergency where they did pressure test in both eyes and quickly diagnosed him with Glaucoma. They sent us home with Timolol and Trusopt. We returned 24 hrs later for a recheck on the pressure and the levels had returned to normal along with his eyesight. However, his eyes still appear droopy but only when he lays down and he is still experiencing periodic bouts of blindness. Is this actually Glaucoma?

Answer:It sounds like it definitely could be - glaucoma will present differently in different dogs. You may have to drive a little, but there will be a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist specialist that is ideal to go ahead and let them check him out. They manage glaucoma much more than we do in private practice..

Date: May 22, 2019
Category: Glaucoma
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Rabbit Cloudy Eye

Question:I recently adopted a rabbit that has a eye that is cloudy appears to be blind. The previous owners said she was born with it. She appears to be happy, healthy and not in pain, but the eye also has a small amount of discharge at times. Any ideas what this could be, or if there are drops or something I could use?

Answer:I am solely a small animal veterinarian (just dogs and cats) so contact a veterinarian that specializes in rabbits or exotics for help with your rabbit. Your local veterinary school probably has an exotics department and then there are websites where you can speak directly to a veterinarian for a small price, like Justanswer.com.

Date: Apr 16, 2019
Category: Glaucoma
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eyes

Question:I find that my dog is squinting quite a bit No excessive discharge or tearing. No pawing or scratching at her eyes. I did take her to the vet to take a look and she said that the eyes looked fine. No debris in the eye, nothing abnormal.

Answer:If your veterinarian has already checked her, it may just be the pollen mechanically irritating her eyes. Flushing with normal saline solution (like contact wearers use) may help or an over-the-counter product like this: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Vetericyn+VF+Ophthalmic+Wash-prod11620.html

Date: Apr 8, 2019
Category: Glaucoma
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kitten with Glaucoma?!

Question:Hello, my name is Amanda, I own two cats both around the same age of a little less then a year. They are both super friendly, get along together, and are very playful. Just yesterday over the course of one day I realized my female, Kaia has a cloudy eye on her right side. She has never had this before, she does not seem to be in pain, there is no squinting, rubbing, or discharge around the eye. She appears to be able to see out of it enough to avoid objects, and I tried to do a peripheral test on that side and she seems to have the vision still in her eye... do you have any ideas? Do you think this may go away on its own? She was a rescue, when she was found, the litter she was in had upper respiratory infections which were treated around 1-2months of age and she has been checked since and was in good health about a month ago at her last vet appointment.

Answer:Have your veterinarian check her out - that can be so many different issues, I won't try to guess and they will more than likely want to run some tests on her, including some blood work for FELV, FIV, FIP, etc.

Date: Apr 6, 2019
Category: Glaucoma
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Post Cataract Surgery Glaucoma

Question:Hello, My dog had cataract surgery on Thursday morning (a little over 48 hours ago). He has severe keratitis but I can still detect and see significant cloudiness in the parts of his eyes that arent pigmented. I was told that cloudiness is normal but how long after surgery does the cloudiness persist? There is still redness and stitches and Im guessing inflammation. Ive been giving him his agressive regimen of drops. When should I worry about the cloudiness?

Answer:I am a regular small animal practitioner - we refer cataract surgeries to veterinary ophthalmologists, so ask your ophthalmologist that did the surgery for the best advice.

Date: Mar 17, 2019
Category: Glaucoma
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Eye bleeding

Question:I have an 11 year old Siamese mix, neutered/declawed male with severe glaucoma, essentially untreated. The vet previously mentioned surgery but the eye was not affecting my cat at all, so I did not want to jump into surgical removal of his eye. Over the past couple of days, the eye seems to be draining, and has been "gooey" like an eye infection, and today after we returned home from the store, his eye was bleeding. Not bloodshot eye, but actually dripping blood from the eye. He's cleaned it up himself pretty well, and is eating, drinking and acting normal. Does not appear to be in any discomfort, but I'm scared, and we don't have any pet ER's in our small town. Help?

Answer:There isn't anything I can suggest as far as a home remedy for glaucoma or high high blood pressure and with glaucoma you really don't want the pressure too high for too long, so have your veterinarian check it as soon as you can.

Date: Feb 25, 2019
Category: Glaucoma
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog bite

Question:My 11 year old dog was bitten last week by another I went to the vet and they gave me rimadyl and simplicef after five days of taking her medications she developed issues with her eyes and her vision is blurry at no point before that was there a concern her sight was fine I was even told she had no infections from the bite just swelling is it possible that her medication could have caused her blurry vision and her third eyelids were showing.

Answer:No, of all the side effects of either of those drugs, blurry vision or vision issues in general, aren't one of them, so have your veterinarian recheck her to see what is going on.

Date: Sep 24, 2018
Category: Glaucoma
Pet Type: Dog
Topic:  Glaucoma

Question:My toy poodle is 14 ,blind in one Eye and has cataracts in the other. She was prescribed Cosopt in good eye and Ocufen eye drops in both eyes. Do you carry these eye drops ?

Answer:This is the "Ask the Vet" section - I couldn't find that we carry either of those but call the 1-800 number to be sure and see if they can order it for you. (You would need a prescription for both of them.)

Date: Apr 12, 2018
Category: Glaucoma
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eye info

Question:My dog has trouble adjusting his sight when he comes in from the sunlight.

Answer:Their pupils constrict in bright light just like people so it should take just a second to adjust when they come inside. It shouldn't be anything too noticeable though - if it is, have your veterinarian check out his eyes.

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.


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