Oh, how we hate being late to a party… but better late than never. Today is the 2nd Blog the Change date in 2012.
My – Mama, Chan – philosophy is pretty simple. We’re all here to make the world a better place. I could go on for days about how dogs make us better people, but for this post, the important message is to promote canine glaucoma awareness. Eventually, we’ll have a separate site/blog to focus on that mission and to share resources and offer support to others trying to manage a diagnosis of canine glaucoma.
Our awesome Vision Vet is working on a post for us, but in the meantime, all you really need to know is that there are two kinds of canine glaucoma. Primary is genetic and is what Sissy has. Yes, HAS. She lost her left eye to aggressive glaucoma over a year ago, and we’re fighting a good fight with the right. It can occur at ANY age, so pay attention to any change it your dog’s eyes’ appearance and to any sign or symptom that might indicate a vision problem. Secondary glaucoma can be caused by an injury or other eye illness, so likewise… it too can happen at any age.
Sissy 12-26-10... already blind
Blinking and/or cloudiness of the eye are big clues. That picture still almost makes me cry, because the other piece of glaucoma awareness you need is it is PAINFUL when the pressure is not under control. Sadly, we weren’t able to control Sissy’s left eye’s pressure, so she lost sight permanently from the damage, and we had no choice but to remove the eye to stop her pain.
So… there’s our post for change. If we can help one other dog owner spot the signs sooner and get proper treatment faster, we’ve been successful. That Sissy still lives large and keeps us on our toes with just one eye is just icing on the cake. She’s still quite the live-wire, always up for an adventure, and she adapted so quickly that really, she helped us deal with the loss of her left eye far more than we helped her.
What change would you blog for your dog(s)?