View Full Version : My Dog Has Glaucoma

March 28th, 2008, 07:11 PM
I just found out late last night that my Border Collie mix has glaucoma. It's a huge surprise to me for two reasons. First, how fast it happened and second, the fact that I just didn't expect such a diagnosis!

It happened literally overnight. Perfectly fine and then his eye looked weird the next day. I thought the cat had scratched him and he just needed to let it heal on its own. (This has happened before and I was positive that that looked like the problem.) After a few days, though, it started to look worse so I took him to the vet. Basically, the vet said it was full-blown glaucoma and that he had already lost 70% of his vision in that eye. The worst of it is that vision probably won't be regained because I waited too long to take him to the vet. I'm sure the vet is correct, but what the heck?! It was only a few days! I can't believe something would not only get that bad so quickly, but to the point of no return!

So he's on eye drops and two medications. One for pain, another to hopefully relieve some of the pressure. He's going to the top "doggie ophthalmologist" in the area first thing tomorrow. They're going to try and surgically relieve some of the pressure.

However, if the pressure returns (which seems to be a 50/50 right now), they may need to remove his eye.

I don't want my doggie to lose his eye. Losing a good portion of his vision is bad enough, but to lose the whole eye?

Comfort, advice, or energy would be very much appreciated. My poor pup has been through enough pain for one lifetime. I hate seeing that he's about to endure (and is enduring) more.

I would love to see him actually gain some of his vision back, but that's apparently not likely at all.

March 28th, 2008, 07:14 PM
:hugz: sending healing energy

Amanda Mitchell
March 28th, 2008, 07:21 PM
(((hugs))) and healing energies coming your way!!!

March 28th, 2008, 07:30 PM
Thanks you two! :hugz: I'll probably have a better idea of what's going on with him after tomorrow's appointment. For now, I'm trying to stay positive and keep him as pain-free as possible.

Bronach Druid
March 28th, 2008, 09:54 PM
Wow, I had no idea that could happen so fast either. I am so sorry.
Much energy sent to you and your baby. :hugz:
Keep us posted!

March 29th, 2008, 03:59 AM
Good Luck to both of you!

March 29th, 2008, 07:45 AM
I hope they give you better news today. :)

March 29th, 2008, 11:46 PM
Well, two specialists looked at him today and it's not good. Basically, they think the glaucoma is due to a tumor that's growing in his eye. The only way to solve that is to take out his entire eye.

There's a slight chance that it's some kind of eye tissue problem, which can be solved with a single injection into the eye to fix it. That wouldn't involve removing the eye, obviously.

Either way, I'm trying to get a surgical appointment for this Monday (Wednesday at the latest). They want to make sure removing the eye is the last option, so they will be doing further and more definite tests before any surgery while he's knocked out. Whatever it is, they will then continue with necessary procedure while he's still out. If it's surgery, I'd be able to bring him home that same day.

Once again, it's just all happening so quickly. He literally was fine and dandy about this same time last week. It's bewildering.

Although I still hate the idea of having my poor pup lose his eye, it's unfortunately for the best. They say he's pretty much blind in that eye anyway with no chance of recovering the lost vision. There's really no downside to removing the eye at this point (besides the obvious) in the case of it involving a tumor. The eye's useless anyway and removal would both stop any potential spread of the tumor to his other eye and also get rid of all the pain he's been having. Both specialists said that dogs can adapt incredibly well under these circumstances, which is good.

I know it's a very slim chance, but I'm still hoping that it's the eye tissue problem rather than a tumor.

I just feel so bad for him.

Bronach Druid
March 29th, 2008, 11:59 PM
Poor baby, what is your dogs name Klucky?
I will continue to keep both of you in my thoughts. If you post when he is going under, I will do my best to send positive energy to him at that time as well.
As you said, if they do need to take the eye, at least he should be feeling better. I am sure he will adept quickly. Best of luck.
:hugz: for you and your baby.

March 30th, 2008, 12:04 AM
Thanks, I really do appreciate it. :hugz: His name is Mojie. I'll be sure to post when I have the official date of the (potential) operation.

And yes, in the end, I'm most concerned about his comfort. If it can only be achieved through removing his eye, then so be it. As long as he can (eventually) still live his life as he always has, I'll be happy.

March 30th, 2008, 12:11 AM
:hugz: :hugz: for Mojie, here's hoping for being able to live long and without suffering.

March 30th, 2008, 12:38 AM
Thanks again. :) :hugz:

Here are some cute pictures of Mojie, for anybody interested. Unfortunately, I only have older ones uploaded, but they're still cute.

Silly Picture (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/1076137426047207157cWaMHq) (no, that's not me)

With a Kitty Foundling (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/1076130320047207157siEDwM)

Close-Up (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/1076128535047207157FPtCjS)

March 31st, 2008, 08:40 AM
He's going in today around 10/11am, so in a few hours. They're going to check one last time to make sure they have to take his eye, but either way, today will be it.

They didn't give me much info over the phone, so I don't know how long it'll take, if I can wait there for him, or what. I'll probably update here by tonight.

On a good note, since he's been given proper pain medications, he's been acting like his regular self, all happy and such. This makes me feel better, since it seems that he's already handling his half-blindness really well.

March 31st, 2008, 08:43 AM
Awww, Klucky, I just saw this. I really feel for you. Our border collie died last year of an extremely rare heart condition that almost never comes up in that breed.

*sending comforting energies to your sick puppy*

Bronach Druid
March 31st, 2008, 11:25 AM
Awww......what a beautiful boy Mojie is!
Sending positive energy his way. Hoping things are going well.

March 31st, 2008, 04:22 PM
Awww, poor Mojie. He's such a cutie. Healing energies to Mojie, strength energies for you Klucky. :hugz:

April 1st, 2008, 08:23 AM
Sorry that I didn't return last night for an update. I'm sure you could all understand why.

The surgery people were extremely nice and considerate. They ran the last-minute tests and let me know that it was indeed a tumor in his eye before they went on with the surgery. I got him back around 6pm. (I had dropped him off around 10:30am, so this was like the longest day of my life.)

He looks a little ghoulish, I'll admit, but it's only because the stitches are in and protruding (think of any rubber Halloween mask you've seen) and they had to shave around that entire area. Although I don't care how he looks in the long run (just how he feels), they said you can hardly notice the surgery once the stitches are out and his fur grows back. I was going to post a picture, but figured it might gross some people out. Although his eye area is permanently sewn shut, they put in a prosthetic eye to retain shape, which I thought was nice of them to do.

Personality-wise, I think he's doing very well. He's still a little drugged (I'm pretty much keeping him so) and that area is already starting to itch him, but other than that, he's his regular self. As expected, his depth perception is a bit off, but I was told he'd adapt to that very quickly.

I took off from my classes today and tomorrow since they said the first 48 hours may be the most difficult for him. I'll be taking off the rest of the week if he still needs me. As of now, he's still not really capable of getting food and water on his own.

He gets his stitches out in two weeks.

Thanks again to everyone who has helped me out. :hugz: I really do appreciate it. Now that he's out of surgery and home, I feel much, much better. My last scare had been that the surgery would go wrong or he wouldn't come out of the anesthesia, but that never happened.

And yes, Mojie will be dressed as a pirate for this year's Halloween. :)

April 1st, 2008, 10:11 AM
I'm really glad to hear Mojie went through the surgery well, Klucky - sounds like he'll be just fine. They shaved my MiLo a few weeks ago when he had an abscessed tooth removed. It was funny because his undercoat is all white so he had a big white patch on his face. It's clear how much you love him, and I'm a firm believer that lots of love works wonders for a pet's healing.

April 1st, 2008, 01:33 PM
Glad to hear he's taking it so well, :hugz: I'm sure he is thankful to have you with him when he needs you.

April 1st, 2008, 01:46 PM
Heh...yeah. :) We're the ultimate buddies right now. Sleeping on the same couch together, watching TV together...I may as well be eating out of the same bowl with him. :p

But yes, I'm much happier and very relieved that the surgery is over. He seems to become more and more like himself every hour.

His only issue now is that his stitches are clearly itchy. Does anybody have any remedies for that (specifically for an animal)? The doggie surgeon said Benadryl wouldn't work since the itching isn't due to allergies.

April 1st, 2008, 02:55 PM
I can't think of a remedy for the itchy stitches, but I wanted to give you a :hugz: and tell Mojie get well soon and welcome home!

Bronach Druid
April 1st, 2008, 10:51 PM
I am so happy to hear Mojie is home safe, sound and on the road to recovery!
I would really like to see a picture of him if you take any. I don't find it gross at all.
Give him a big hug and kiss from me. I hope he is back to his old self in no time. :)
As far as the stiches go, ask them if you could apply some petroleum jelly around the stiches. Often that can help relieve the pulling and tightening as they heal. Please don't do it without asking the vet though, sometimes they ok it and others not.

April 2nd, 2008, 10:21 AM
Thanks for the advice! Don't worry, I haven't been doing a thing without the vet's permission first. :) He may just have to deal with the itchies, unfortunately, since nothing seems to be working.

He's doing really well, though. He's pretty much back to his regular personality and has started eating and drinking a bit on his own. I also don't have to coax him to go to the bathroom anymore.

He also looks better even after this past day or two. I think all of the swelling has gone down. The stitches are still in, but they're nowhere near as obnoxious.

He's good enough where I can probably go back to classes starting tomorrow. I'm just happy that he's better. :)

April 2nd, 2008, 04:28 PM
:hugz: Ahh sounds like good news all around! Glad to hear it!

April 2nd, 2008, 07:24 PM
I'm glad to hear the surgery went well and he is getting back to his old self.