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Glaucoma in shitzu

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by LiamH08, Jul 14, 2019 at 11:43 AM.


  1. LiamH08

    LiamH08 PetForums Newbie

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    Im looking for advice although there’s probably not a lot of options.

    My dog has had a swollen eye for some time we first took him the vet a few months back and the vet explained he had trauma to the eye. He supplied eye drops and the eye seemed to heal.

    We recently noticed it was swollen again and after a series of tests we preformed ourselves we came to the conclusion he lost his sight.

    Last week we took him the vet and they said he has a detached retina and the pressure in his eye is 27% when it should be around 12-15% (percentages may be incorrect but they’re similar) , they explained its glaucoma and he has to get his eye took out to relieve the pressure.

    I understand vets know best but I’ve advised my family to get a second opinion. I don’t know if anyone knows if there’s another way just by reading this but anything would help.

    Thanks.
     
  2. lullabydream

    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    Am sure there was a similar post to yours not so long ago.

    The OP had similar reservations about eye removal, felt it drastic and unnecessary and was opting for a second opinion.

    If you want a second opinion please get one as soon as possible.

    I personally haven't been in your position but if it's glaucoma it's extremely painful and quite often removal of the eye is the kindest thing to do. Most dogs adapt really well to having one eye too.
     
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    ttaylor45 PetForums Member

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    I was referred with Pepe my toy poodle to a specialist vet in Havant called Optivet he was initially diagnosed with cataracts and was going to have the cataract removed from his left eye which had no sight the following week but unfortunately he had developed glaucoma by then and they could not do the op because of the pressure. He was on two different types of eye drops namely latanoprost and azopt which reduced the pressure. We had to take him regularly to Optivet and the pressure did get as high as 58 in one eye and 60 in the other which worried the vet so much she kept us there until she managed to reduce the pressure. She did say if she couldn’t reduce the eye pressure she would have to remove his eye or eyes which we wouldn’t have wanted as he had kidney disease and couldn’t have coped with the operation. Thankfully the pressure came down and didn’t get as high again. We lost him to kidney disease on the 8th November 2018.
     
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  4. LiamH08

    LiamH08 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi thank you both for your replies I really appreciate them. Unfortunately we had to get the eye removed today, it's very sad for us but time is a healer and hopefully he'll be back to himself soon.
     
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    ttaylor45 PetForums Member

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    I am sorry to hear that but I am sure your little dog will soon adapt and will be much more comfortable. As I said we were fortunately with the help of Optivet able to keep Pepe comfortable with his glaucoma because as my own vet said he was not well enough with the kidney disease which seemed to progress rapidly to have got through an operation.
     
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