I am very grateful to have found your site, but I am also now a little more worried about Zoe, our soon-to- be 10 year old female Staffie. With pressure in her left eye at 38 and her right at 27 the Doctor diagnosed her with glaucoma in both eyes. He prescribed 250 mg of acetazolamide for a total of 1000 mg in a 24 hour period.
Zoe had every possible reaction: vomiting, confusion, lethargy, loss of coordination in her hind legs and 2 three minute tremors. When I took her back to vet after 4.5 days of meds, the pressure in her left eye was down to 14 and 24 in her right .but now a week has gone by and her eyes are reddening again. I have not tried the Rx for Tomolil drops as the side effects for it too are very bad.
I have a few questions and would appreciate any wisdom from other dog owners who have been in a similar situation! Thanks!
1. Should I still be giving her acetazolamide but at a reduced amount? She weighs 46 lbs.
2. Should I try the drops and hope that she tolerates those meds better?
3. What do I need to look for? When I first took her in her left eye was beet red and very wet. Both eyes are now bloodshot, more so in the evening.
4. Should I change her collar to a harness? I read somwhere that a collar adds more pressure.
5. Should she continue to run and play as hard as she does? She acts like she is two!
6. Is blindness inevitable? How do I know it is happening?
7. Finally, the most dreaded question of all: what is the point of no return for her? Is it a pressure number or is it a cloudiness or perhaps even pain oriented? It seems a lot of dogs have had eyes removed.
I have owned other Staffies and a few other breeds but have not had to deal with glaucoma. I am still a bit shell shocked to say the least. As I said, any advice/ wisdom/ do’s and dont’s would be so very much appreciated!!!!