My dog has glaucoma should i put him down?
My dog has glaucoma should i put him down?
Q:My dog has glaucoma should i put him down?
Dear JT and readers, I recently had to have my dog put to sleep due to the progression of her glaucoma to the point where she was blind. I cannot tell you how terrible this was for her. She became depressed and would not eat or play. She knew when I walked in the room that she would be going to get euthanized. I had to give my dog three days to say her good by's and have her cremated. I miss her a lot. I still have her picture on my cell phone. She will never be forgotten.
This made me think about how many animals suffer from eye diseases. There are a couple of diseases that I know a few dogs have, and there are a few I know other animals may be more prone to. I know that there are other animals that have other illnesses that do not give them quality of life. I had to make a decision regarding my dog's condition, and I will tell you that I did not make that decision lightly. I know that I cannot take my dog to another vet. I live in an area where many dogs will have to be euthanized due to lack of insurance, so that was not an option for me. I am no physician, but there are things I do know about the disease.
Glaucoma: There are 2 types of glaucoma. Primary glaucoma, and secondary glaucoma. If it is the first one, it can be treated if detected early. If it is the second one, it can be treated, but it may not be completely curable. If it is not treated, and not diagnosed, it can cause blindness.
The symptoms of glaucoma:
Dogs may not get their eyes examined for glaucoma unless their owners are concerned. In which case, eye examinations are very important.
One of the earliest signs of glaucoma is eye pain or stiffness, or swelling. However, this may not be always the case. As mentioned, if it is detected early, it can be treated. If it is not detected until it is much more advanced, it is too late for treatment, but may be able to prevent blindness. I found that it was too late for my dog, who had been blind in her left eye for some time.
The next sign of glaucoma is cloudiness of the eye. As the glaucoma gets worse, the eye will swell. I would not know if I could even see a pupil with her condition.
Also, I did not know about this until my dog was already blind. Sometimes, they will have cloudy eyes even if they are only getting an examination because they have been blind for some time.
The last sign is when the eye will have a decreased size. It is like a very sunken, or empty eye. You can tell by seeing for the pupil. When you do have an examination, you can try to see how much light is coming into the eye. If the pupil can take in that much light, it means the eye is healthy. However, if the eye is very large and can not take in as much light, you have glaucoma. This also is usually present before the other signs.
If your dog has glaucoma, please get an examination right away. At the minimum, you need to examine the eyes with a slit lamp, a magnifying lens, and a drop of topical anesthetic on the eye. Your vet will want to get other images taken with your dog. One is a full ophthalmoscope view. This shows you what the eye looks like. The vet will also want to see what the eye looks like in a light view. This shows if there is any eye discharge. There should also be a view with a light and a dark in the pupil. This lets you see if the light and dark are equal or not.
You may also want to have the pupil constricted with mydriatic eye drops to see what a normal response to light and dark would be. The vet will also want to take a picture of the fundus. This is the back portion of the eye that looks like the back of the eye. When you look at the fundus, you can see if the nerve is healthy. The vet will also look at the optic nerve. This is the nerve that connects the back of the eye to the brain. Glaucoma can affect the optic nerve. If the optic nerve is affected, there will be changes in the color of the optic nerve. This also will show a nerve with a color change that looks different from the color of the normal nerve. You may be asked to look at the optic nerve yourself.
When the veterinary exam is complete, the vet will prescribe eye drops. Eye drops can help to prevent eyes from getting dry and keep eyes clean. They can also help to control eye inflammation. Over-the-counter eye drops are normally used. Talk to your vet to see if they are right for you. Your vet may want to check the eye pressure, or have a follow up visit in a week. If the eye pressure has gotten better, there is nothing more to be done. If the eye pressure still needs to be controlled, you will need to be checked more frequently.
Eye disease can be very expensive. You may want to visit your eye care provider for a few visits before deciding on a treatment plan.
There are many diseases that can cause eye problems. Your pet will need to see a veterinarian to have the proper diagnosis made. In most cases, the diseases that can cause eye problems are easily preventable. For example, cats may have a disease called feline infectious peritonitis. It can cause a problem in the middle ear. A simple treatment is to administer antibiotic drops. The same is true of many common eye problems. Prevention and a simple diagnosis from the veterinarian is often all that is needed to correct the problem.
For more information, talk to your vet. In some cases, there may be a vaccine to prevent eye problems. If there is no vaccine, there are other solutions available. Be sure to watch for the early signs of eye problems. Don't wait until your cat can't see.
How is an eye examination different than a medical exam?
When it comes to eye problems, the doctor will examine your cat's eyes. They will examine the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. This is part of a medical exam. When it comes to an eye exam, the doctor will look at the eyes in detail. The doctor will also check