I had to write something about what my family is going through. You see, our 10-year-old puppy, Maggie, is sick!
She was diagnosed with glaucoma on Monday. Glaucoma an eye disease dogs are susceptible to that eventually leads to blindness. It's when the fluid in the eyes is produced at such a high rate that it raises the pressure in the eyeballs and damages the optic nerves.
Primary glaucoma is inherited and especially prevalent in some breeds. Secondary glaucoma on the other hand is caused from another eye disease, such as a tumor. We still don't know what type of glaucoma Maggie has.
The onset of the disease has been rapid. Maggie started blinking her left eye constantly a couple weeks ago, but just last week no longer could hold it open. We took her in to see the vet and they told her it would be 6 months until she's completely blind in that eye. We can't really do anything besides giving her four different types of eyedrops (yes, four) and painkillers to relieve the discomfort. The other eye probably has a year until it's blind as well.
(My sister's friend captioned this photo, haha!)
I'm writing this to warn all dog owners: always check your dogs' eyes for signs of discomfort or pain! Maggie's probably had this disease for a while, and if we caught it early on we could've stopped it. Dogs can get this disease at any age, not just when they're old.
Here are some symptoms we initially noticed up to a year ago but didn't think anything of them:
--pawing at the eye
--rapid blinking of one eye
--terror of being left alone outside
--excessive drainage of eyes
If you see any of these signs, get your dog to the vet right away! The eyes themselves were actually pretty unchanged, though they did seem to get a little red before we took Maggie into the vet.
Maggie's going to be fine--she's just undergoing a change we have to get used to. It's really upsetting that she's becoming blind, but she could've had something much worse.