Types & Cause of Canine Glaucoma?Broadly speaking, there are three types of this condition. The classification is based on the cause of the condition.
Congenital, Primary & Secondary Canine GlaucomaCongenital glaucoma is present from birth although in most cases it is not immediately diagnosed. This type of glaucoma is the result of abnormal eye development. It can affect both eyes or else just one. Primary glaucoma is the result of a genetic defect. Primary glaucoma can be of various sub types. Some breeds, such as Beagles, are more prone to this type of canine glaucoma. Secondary glaucoma results after some sort of eye infection that drastically impacts the eye.
Preventing Canine GlaucomaAlthough there is no sure way to prevent this condition, there are things that you can do to nip it in the bud! You can start by taking your dog for regular checkups including routine eye examination. In the case of pure breed dogs, make sure that you buy from a reputable breeder who breeds litters responsibly. Last but not least, seek proper veterinary advice as soon as you see any abnormality.
DiagnosisThe early signs of canine glaucoma can include but are not limited to:
- Blood vessels in the white of the eye and overall eye redness
- Cloudy cornea
- Excessive Tearing
- Light avoidance / sensitivity
- Weak blink reflex
- A considerable enlargement of the eyeball
- Loss of vision
- Extreme redness
- Advanced degeneration within the eye
- Loss of appetite
- Change in attitude
- Reduced Appetite