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    Glaucoma in a Cocker Spaniel

    Hey guys,

    I am looking for some good resources/ references on an issue one of my current dogs has.

    I have an 8 year old cocker and 3 years ago she had a cataract removed from her right eye. Last Thursday she had her annual heartworm check (all normal) and the Vet was concerned about her right eye. My vet referred me to anothe vet that had a tonopen (?).

    To make a long storty short, her pressure in her right eye was 50 and the vet was concerned that she couldn't see at all. So she put her on some drops to reduce the pressure and get rechecked today.

    Today's pressure was 25, but there appears to be no vision in the eye at all. The vet recommended a 'simple' removal of the the eye and sewing the eye shut. She said this will reduce any pain my dog was having and just generaly alievate any discomfort.

    For starters I can't believe I didn't catch this sooner and if it could have been prevented. I am absolutley heartbroken over this. But, I am just looking for some advice on what to do. What are the complications of this type of procedure. The vet that checked the pressure admitted that she only does about 10 of these removals a year which makes me somewhat worried about allowing her to do the surgery.

    I have tried a couple different google searches on this, but honestly there is so much information out there I am just overwhelmed. I know I am a first time poster, but if anyone could offer any advice I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks for your time.

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    Re: Glaucoma in a Cocker Spaniel

    Before doing any surgery, find a veterinary ophthalmologist and get a second opinion from a specialist. I don't know where you live, but here is a link to where you can search for a specialist:

    http://www.acvo.org/locate_an_ophthalmologist.htm

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    Re: Glaucoma in a Cocker Spaniel

    I agree a veterinary specialist on ophthalmology is a good idea..so you get the RIGHT information.
    I do know that glaucoma, left untreated or too advanced, is very uncomfortable/painful for the dog. Some dogs do well longterm on pressure reducing medications (drops) but many require enucleation of the eye.
    I think, if it were me, I would try the drops first and if good improvement would continue..but if it weren't helping or I had ANY sense that the dog was in discomfort I would do the surgery. Having a proper eye exam is where to start. Good on your vet for catching it though, and don't feel bad about missing it...dogs are VERY good at hiding discomfort and since it is not like a cataract that you CAN see, you did not "miss" any signs that would have told you something was wrong. No regrets, just get the treatment needed.

    As to the 'ten a year', most vets who are not specialists do not get even this many enucleations a year...because it is not a common surgery, period. If your vet is a good general surgeon and has experience (of which ten a year IS) than I wouldn't necessarily worry too much about having him/her do it.
    Last edited by Cracker; 03-23-2010 at 08:41 AM.
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    Re: Glaucoma in a Cocker Spaniel

    Well, I have an appointment with a specialist.

    This is the one I found closest to my home:
    http://www.animaleyespecialtycenter.com/index.html

    He seems to have all the qualifications that I need. And, oddly enough the highest quote that his receptionist gave me was the lowest possible quoe it would have been from the other vet.

    Based on the information I gave them, they are fairly certain that my cocker will need her eye removed. While I am sad about this, I know it's for the best and that ultimately she will be better off for it.

    Does anyone have any experience with a dog having an eye removed? For instance, recovery time, complications, treatment, etc. Any information would be appreciated. I can't seem to find anything on the internet and am becoming frustrated.

    Thanks for the help.

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