Maggie came into our lives as a 1 1/2 yr old rescue. Sweet as you could be while we were making the choice on who to add to the family, but we soon learned that she is definitely the Alpha Dog! She is now 11 years old, runs the house and only behaves for a treat.
We took her to the Vet on 17 Aug 2012 because I thought she was having a severe allergy attack. She had the runny nose and eye symptoms before, and typical a dose or two of Benedryl would fix the problem, but this time it was much worse. She also kept tilting her head to one side and was not her usual energetic self. New to our area, we took her to a “country doctor” as he likes to call himself and after a brief look, he said he thought it looked like glaucoma, but he would have to refer us to another clinic to check the pressure. He prescribed a steroid drop and sent us on our way.
The following Friday we took her to the next vet clinic where they measured her eyes. The right eye was at 16 and the left eye was at 53. Unfortunately that was all the info that vet could give us and then referred us to a specialist. Yesterday, 5 Sept 2012 we were given the conclusive news that Maggie indeed has glaucoma, along with cataracts in both eyes.
Luckily I had “surfed the net” for any information I could find for dogs with glaucoma after the first vet visit. I cried realizing she must be in tremendous pain and coming to terms about her possibilities that I was a little more prepared for all the details and explanations of what was going on with her eyes from this vet. After learning that drug treatment could only prolong the inevitable, we have opted to have her left eye removed. Maggie is scheduled to go into surgery next Tuesday, 11 Sept 2012. We were sent home with 2 medications, Dorzolamide/Timolo solution and Latanoprost (Xalatan), both eye drops, to help reduce the pressure and I believe as a preventative messure to help save the “good” right eye.
Like many I had read about, initially we too thought the possibility of Maggie going totally blind was a death sentence. I am happy to see the wonderful stories of those going through this and how your beloved family members are doing so well and adjusting. It gives me hope that our Maggie will be back to her usually bad behavior once she is a little more pain free.