Glaucoma is very painful. The buildup of pressure inside the eye causes persistent migraine-like symptoms which do no dissipate. In dogs, Glaucoma is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY that requires immediate attention.
Please, please, if you have a pet who you hold dear to your heart, learn from Danger. Be better than us. If we had known then what we know now, we likely could have treated Danger's glaucoma years ago and delayed the onset of vision loss. Most certainly, we could have spared him suffering.
Please educate yourself. Please seek immediate attention for your furry friends if your companion starts to exhibit any signs including:
- Redness of the blood vessels in the whites of eyes
- Cloudy appearance at front of the eye
- Inflammatory debris visible in the front of the eye- often glaucoma is initially mistaken for allergies
- Possible constriction or dilation of the pupil
- Possible sticking of the iris to either the cornea or the lens
- Possible that the edge of the iris circularly sticks to the lens
- Loss of appetite
- Change in personality or mood
- Failure of the pupil to respond to light
- Enlargement of the eye
- Sensitivity to light
We have a lot of emotions about our experience with Danger's diagnostic process. We are angry that we didn't know better. We are sad that he has suffered a huge loss. We are heartbroken that we didn't stop the pain sooner. But, we are also hopeful that veterinary medicine will continue to progress toward reversing the damage this disease causes. We are happy to see him more relaxed and comfortable now that we have started managing his symptoms with medication. We are confident that Danger will learn to adjust and continue to be the happy and lovable pup we've come to adore. And I am certain that our bond will continue to grow as we work through this new challenge.