My beautiful Salmon cocker spaniel aged 3)

SalmonTwo weeks ago I noticed that my beautiful Salmon had a red, cloudy eye. I thought it must be a minor eye infection and took her straight to the vets.

They gave me some eye ointment and I was told to make another appointment if there was no improvement. Three days later I took her back and was given the devastating news that she has glaucoma in her left eye, we are pretty sure she has next to no vision in it.

I am totally devastated as I don’t know how I could have missed it. She is so much loved and I feel like I have failed her think I could have done more… she is currently on eye drops 3x daily..Trusopt and Travatan. She is taking pain killers daily until I take her back to the vets on Tuesday 7th April 2015. She doesn’t seem to display any distress and is as bouncy and happy as she normally is.
I would really appreciate any advice.
Amanda x

6 thoughts on “My beautiful Salmon cocker spaniel aged 3)

  1. That’s pretty much what happened with my girl. I took her to the vet and the young vet gave me an eye cream to put in her eye. He did tell me to come back the next day to get the more experienced vet to take a look but really when it comes to glaucoma, if you don’t get it straight away then the damage is done.

    At this stage, your only option is the drops. There is always laser surgery as well, which I tried on my dog but really the damage was too extensive at that stage. And I am not sure on the success rate of laser surgery – you would have to do your research but it is also quite expensive.

    I’m just popping in a couple of links that might help you.

  2. I’m so sorry this happened to you and Salmon, but don’t beat yourself up for not noticing it. Dogs are very good at coping, which disguises problems from owners. If she still has vision in the other eye, be sure you’re treating it for glaucoma, too, because you are pretty much guaranteed that it will develop high pressures. If you have access to an eye specialty vet, a visit might be a worthwhile expense so you can ask all the questions you have and get good advice on Salmon’s prospects. Shop around online for the meds, too, as you can get some real savings over your vet’s office price or even local pharmacies. Some to explore are There are others, I’m sure; try googling ‘veterinary name-of-med’ and see what comes up.

    At some point the drops will cease to work and then Salmon will be in real pain, so you will have to have the eye removed as there’s no other way to deal with the dog’s pain. For many dog owners, this is just about the hardest part of all this. Just bear in mind that Salmon will really be hurting and there’s really no choice, unfortunately. When you see how much more comfortable she is without the eye, it’ll help you adjust to her little permanent wink. Mine lost one eye, and then the other two years later. I don’t mind telling you that getting used to two permanent winks took some doing. My dog, however, adapted just fine after a couple days of confusion about why the lights were off all the time. She bumps into things all the time, but it bothers her less than it bothers me, and you’ll learn a “safe” word to warn her of danger. I don’t mean to downplay the difficulties ahead, but you seem like a good pet owner and you will cope.

    Shop around for this surgery. Many vets in regular practice will have enucleated eyes and if they have enough experience for your comfort zone, they will charge about half what a specialty vet charges, and undoubtedly do as good a job. When the eye is enucleated, try to ensure the vet keeps the dog at least one night, because intravenous pain meds are more effective for surgical pain than oral meds.

    Finally, consider joining the blind dog owners Yahoo group – you can look through old posts and post your own questions. You’ll find many, many dog owners who are facing or have faced exactly what you’re going through, and it’s good to have the support system it provides:

    1. Hi Diana
      Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate you taking the time, and it has helped a great deal. Salmon is continuing with the drops at the moment and I have been assured by the vet that she isn’t in any pain, she is eating, playing, running and is pretty much her normal self. However, I am completely obsessed with watching her in case I miss any signs of change in her eyes or in behaviour that I think my stress will rub off on her!!! The vet is going to assess her when there drops are finished but I’m lucky that the surgery is a 5 minute walk away so if I’m worried I know I can take her straight away. One of the drops is TRUSOPT Dorzolamide..I have researched this medication and it says it can be used to prevent glaucoma in the good eye but I haven’t been advised to do that so I’m I but stressed and confused. I think I will give them a ring tomorrow to ask about that. Salmon is such a beautiful girl and she is a much adored part of our family and when she does loose her eye she will be just as beautiful as she is now.

      1. My Cocker was on dorzolamide, latanaprost and one other which I forget by the end of the two years after her first eye was removed. These all reduce pressure in the eye and are medications used by humans for glaucoma. Unfortunately, their effects are not permanent, as they usually are with people. They only stave off the inevitable. I feel like I was lucky to keep glaucoma at bay for two years, because everything I read said 6 – 18 months maximum. I do wish there was some serious research on a medication that really would prevent glaucoma in dogs – the canine eye just isn’t similar enough to the human eye for these drugs to be truly preventive, and that’s something we really need.

  3. Hi everyone,
    Well after seeing the vet last Friday she advised me to return this Tuesday (yesterday) to see her again and to have her eye removed if no improvement. Her eye was very swollen and the vet advised me that it was the best thing for her to remove it. I was devastated but I had to take her advice for my beautiful Salmon’s sake.
    Leaving her was horrendous. I picked her up late afternoon and because I have looked at post op photos on here that I knew what to expect, I am very grateful for that. She is doing great, eating, drinking and bringing her favourite ball wanting to play!!!
    The area where the eye was removed is very swollen and is obviously shaved. It has been packed inside to keep its shape. I was wondering how long before the swelling will go down? If other peoples dogs had such bad swelling too? The cost for the eye removal, meds etc was £260 which I feel for my baby to be pain free is a price worth paying.

    1. I go to pick up my dog Javi in the morning after having both eyes removed. He has been blind for 2 years and was diagnosed with glaucoma 4 years ago. I already feel relieved not having to put 3 different bottles of eye drops in his eyes 3x a day. This is something I know I should have done a long time ago, but felt bad for taking out his eyes (that were no good to him anyways). Good luck to Salmon!

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