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    Default Glaucoma

    Hi I'm new to the forum but not new to owning dogs, but I wanted to find out if other members have any dogs suffering from Glaucoma? our dog Tilly is due for an eye operation as she has to lose an eye due to a cat attack about a week and a half ago. She suffered secondary glaucoma as a result and will be on medication for the rest of her life. She is seven years old, a mini foxy cross and is so smart.

    She is on medication for her good eye because its meant to prevent glaucoma but it means at night she's lost more then half her vision because of how the medication works. She'll be having an operation in the next couple of days or so because he left eye has lost all sight and the lens has moved which has caused damage and is called something like lens luxation. It basically means she's totally lost sight in that eye and the optic nerves are damaged.

    I'm wondering is there anything else we could be doing to help her other then the surgery and the medication? the doctors/vets/specialists have told us all they could and now I'm wanting to find support and other info from members who have had something similar?

    many thanks in advance

    Jess and furbabies.

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    Hi Jess
    to the forum
    Sorry, I'm afraid i can't give you any advice but I know hard and sad it is to see our fur babies sick or injured. So sorry you're going through this.
    Best wishes and hope your pooch has a quick recovery after surgery.

    to you and your little foxy.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Northern suburbs of Cairns FNQ


    Sorry to hear about your little girl's eye. I gather you have seen an eye specialist as well as your own Vet. Serious eye problems are beyond the scope of the average Vet and should be seen by a specialist.

    Dr. Rowan Blogg who is a world renowned canine eye specialist advocated the use of vitamin C to assist in healing after eye surgery. He recommended 250mg a day. It won't to any harm to give this a try.

    Dogs cope very well with sight loss. I had a Pug who lost an eye when she was 9 and she was her mad, bad, bouncy self afterwards. She got around with no problems at all and continued to boss the other Pugs and Deerhounds as she had done in the past. It took her less than a week to adjust.

    Another old Pug was completely blind for the last three years of her life and she got around fine with a little help from a cat who became her "seeing eye cat" and helped her avoid objects untidy me forgot to put away.

    I also knew a Border Collie who was born blind. She went through obedience classes and was an excellent retriever. Her ball and toys had bells in them and she would listen as the object landed and 99% of the time she found the ball or toy as quickly as a sighted dog would have done.

    If Tilly does have to lose an eye rest assured she can still live a happy and active life afterwards.

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    Hi Nessie
    When is she going in for surgery?

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    Hi guys yeah she's been to the specialist and two vets as we wanted to get a second opinion. She's in for her operation tomorrow morning actually, we're all nervous but hoping she'll adapt well and will make the best of the situation. Thanks for the support you guys.

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    Best wishes to you all
    Hope Tilly has a quick and painless recovery.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Northern suburbs of Cairns FNQ


    Sending lots of healing, positive thoughts to Tilly (and you) for tomorrow.

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    Secondary glaucoma is often a result of lens laxation (when the lens moves from its place). The surgery I imagine is to remove the diseased lens. This is very important as the lens can continue to do damage and make the dog sick.

    The good news is that with surgery and good medication there is every chance your dog will keep the eyesight in that eye.

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    well what happened originally was that she was attacked by a cat (most likely) and so her eye was sore and we took her to the vet, he thought there was a cyst or something that healed naturally but the secondary appointment proved that the lens had moved, and she had indeed lost sight in the eye due to the pressure of glaucoma. So hence why today she had to get her eye removed because there was no point in keeping her in pain if the pressure was always going to build up and she couldn't see anyway. So the operation went very well and she's now at home recovering so hopefully she'll adapt.

    What we are worried is about her other eye getting glaucoma as the vet/specialist said it could happen. It starts with this lens wobble supposedly and her good eye has that slightly but she is on preventative medication and it seems that it has good results in keeping glaucoma at bay if you catch it out early which we have for this eye.

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