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Diagnosis and symptoms of Glaucoma in dogs

Many dogs develop Glaucoma as they age, and there are many different types of Glaucoma. Glaucoma can be a genetic, varietal, or other cause. So how should a dog with Glaucoma be judged and what are the symptoms?


1. What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a condition that causes elevated intraocular pressure and affects vision. Clinically, animals with Glaucoma often present with congestion of the Conjunctiva and Sclera (redness of the White Globe); blepharospasm (narrowing of the eyes); proptosis (not in all dogs, but in later stages); corneal Edema (Whiteness of the Black Globe); Dilated pupils (Blue Eyes); elevated intraocular pressure (100% canine); depressed (painful).


2. Signs of Glaucoma in dogs:

Pain after Glaucoma is not obvious in dogs, and usually behavior is abnormal when the animal is elevated. For example, many animals with high intraocular pressure may show more sleep and quiet time than in the past, and may sometimes show unusual irritability or aggression. These abnormal behaviors should be noticed. The reason why animals don’t move is that the elevated blood pressure during exercise causes the intraocular pressure to continue to rise, so the animals control their movements and spend most of their time silently crawling on the ground.

3. How do you treat your dog’s glaucoma?

A dog with Glaucoma can be cured, but the owner needs to find out in time to the hospital treatment, if the delay may cause irreversible results. Primary Glaucoma is due to the high incidence of certain types of Glaucoma, such as Cocker Spaniel Glaucoma, which is mostly bilateral and can be treated with medication or surgery.