If your dog has glaucoma, that’s not the end as the availability of the best treatment for dogs with glaucoma is everywhere. This could be your first time realizing that dogs could be diagnosed with glaucoma and not just human beings.

If you are researching for the best treatment for dogs with glaucoma via Google search, you would find out that most articles out there contain a lot of medical terminologies that only vet doctors can understand. We are going to break them down for you but you should understand that we are not medical professionals. It is advisable to still seek professional advice from your dog’s veterinary doctor (French bulldog or any other dog breed).

Just like glaucoma is a disease that can be found in dogs, so also we have cataracts. You can read up on it here and what to do if your dog has cataracts.

A dog with glaucoma

Glaucoma in dogs is called “Canine Glaucoma”. It could be referred to as a group of diseases that affects the optics nerves of dogs. According to Wikipedia, it could also “involve a loss of retinal ganglion cells in a characteristic pattern.”

Dog Glaucoma Symptoms

Most owners are unable to quickly detect glaucoma in their dogs until it is severe. The best way to know is to regularly visit the doctor. You could schedule monthly eye appointments with the pet’s vet doctor and detect glaucoma in the early stages. Another benefit of these appointments is that in the process of doing so, you can also prevent other ocular diseases that could damage his/her eyes.

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If canine glaucoma is in the early stages, you would notice your dog rubbing its eye(s) frequently and this could be painful. The affected eye(s) would be:

  • Cloudy
  • Red
  • Swollen
  • Sore

Causes of Glaucoma in Dogs: What causes Glaucoma in Dogs?

There are three (3) major causes of glaucoma in dogs and they are:

  • Congenital Glaucoma
  • Primary Glaucoma
  • Secondary Glaucoma

Although many vet doctors would tell you that there are just two (2) causes which are primary and secondary glaucoma. They are also right and that doesn’t mean we are wrong.

Congenital Glaucoma

This simply means that canine glaucoma is present when a dog is born but it isn’t present. It usually comes up after a few months. Usually, glaucoma is present due to a defect in the structure of the eye.

Primary Glaucoma

To determine if a dog has primary glaucoma, Gonioscopy can be employed in order to evaluate the iridocorneal angle for goniodysgenesis (an abnormality of the anterior chamber of the eye).

Secondary Glaucoma

This type of glaucoma is determined when there is an increase in intraocular pressure due to disease or injury to the eye. Secondary glaucoma in dogs is curable if the primary ocular disease is treated successfully. In layman’s terms, you could say that if the luxated lens of your dog was removed successfully through surgery. As a dog owner, you should know that if unilateral glaucoma is deemed secondary, it means the contralateral eye is not necessarily at risk.

Diagnosis of Glaucoma in Dogs (When to know when your dog has Canine Glaucoma)

A dog (any breed) could have glaucoma when the intraocular pressure is over 25 mmHg. If it is over 22 mmHg, you should be careful because it simply means the dog is at a high risk of developing glaucoma. It is possible to obtain a wrong reading especially if it is a pup and just squinting.  You are advised to not diagnose the patient due to the “25 or greater than” numbers but treat the patient instead. Look at the affected eye(s) and ask yourself “does this dog have an intraocular pressure of over 25mmHg?” It could be another ocular disease causing the reading or the fact that the dog was moving while the reading was ongoing.

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You should be aware that if glaucoma goes untreated, just like in humans, it could lead to blindness. This is a result of the permanent damage of the optic nerve.

FAQs about Treatment for Dogs with Glaucoma

Here are some frequently asked questions about treatment for dogs with glaucoma.

Can glaucoma in dogs be treated?

Yes, glaucoma in dogs can be treated but the kind of treatment a dog will get depend on various factors such as the cause, stage of the disease, and more. If it has affected the dog’s eye so bad the possible treatment would be surgery.

What happens if you don’t treat glaucoma in dogs?

It will lead to permanent blindness in the affected eye(s).

Is a dog with glaucoma in pain?

Yes, a dog with glaucoma is in actual pain but it is very difficult to detect but not impossible to. As a dog owner, you’d have to really pay attention to your pet to know if your dog has glaucoma especially when it is in its early stages. You should always pay good attention to your dog so that even if he/she/it has glaucoma, you can detect it early and get more options when looking for the best treatment for dogs with glaucoma.

Can a dog live with glaucoma?

This depends on the stage where the glaucoma is. If it is detected early, it could be treated medically or surgically. If a pet owner detected this late and it has reached a point whereby it is extremely painful for the dog, putting down the dog should be considered.

What is the best treatment for glaucoma?

There is no best treatment for dogs with glaucoma and you would have to discuss all the available options with the vet doctor.

It is important to note that I (and the French Bulldoger) am not a medical expert and if you doubt any medical-related fact in this post or this website, you can cross-check with your doctor.


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