Eye Spy: Spotting Glaucoma in Pets

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Puppy dog eyes and that Puss-In-Boots pout are a pretty awesome (and adorable) part of owning pets. Sometimes, though, trouble can strike those perfect peepers. Join Harpeth Hills Animal Hospital in learning how to spot glaucoma eye problems in pets and what to do when you see them.

Glaucoma in Pets

The eyes are vital for our pet’s vision and functioning, but they are equally sensitive and vulnerable. Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that causes increased pressure within the eye. It can occur for a variety of reasons including, trauma, cancer, and eye abnormalities. Untreated glaucoma can result in vision loss and extreme discomfort. If you notice any of the following symptoms, please schedule an appointment:

  • Eye pain: although pets cannot tell you when they’re in pain, they will probably rub the area, keep it partially closed, or avoid your touch near the eye.
  • Watery discharge coming from the eye
  • Swelling or bulging of the eyeball itself
  • Cloudiness of the eye
  • Redness of the eye
  • Blindness

Don’t delay wellness care if you think your pet’s eyes may not be normal. Your veterinarian can discuss glaucoma treatment for dogs and what options you have for your canine companion.

Dog Breeds Prone to Glaucoma

Certain breeds are more prone to health issues like glaucoma. If you have one of the following dog breeds that get glaucoma more often, you should schedule regular checkups with your veterinarian to spot any potential issues early:

  • Beagles
  • Basset hounds
  • Boston terriers
  • Cocker spaniels
  • Shar-peis
  • Siberian husky
  • Samoyed
  • Labrador retriever
  • Toy poodle

What to Do When Eye Trouble Ensues

If your pet is having trouble with their eyes, it is important to seek veterinary care right away. 

Although there is no cure for glaucoma, the disease can be managed, especially if you catch it before it reaches the point of end-stage glaucoma. Routine pet wellness examinations can also help us to detect issues before they turn into a major problem.

Your pet’s eyes are important, and taking good care of them is something that you can do easily. Don’t hesitate if you think that there might be a problem. The eyes depend on you.