- High pressure within the eye
- Blinking of the eye
- The eyeball may recede back into the head
- Redness of the blood vessels in the whites of eyes
- Cloudy appearance at front of the eye
- Dilated pupil – or pupil does not respond to light
- Vision loss
Long-term, advanced disease:
- Enlargement of the eyeball
- Obvious loss of vision
- Advanced degeneration within the eye
Better imaging techniques help with early diagnosis, while a better understanding of physiology has led to therapeutic drugs—with the most dramatic being latanaprost, which takes advantage of alternative pathways for fluid outflow to reduce intraocular pressure.
If you suspect glaucoma, it is important for your pet to be seen as early as possible. Early intervention and proper medical treatment can help reduce pressure in the eye. In many cases, your pet may need to see a veterinary ophthalmologist. These eye care specialists can determine the best course of action and treatment for your elderly pet.
Should you need help paying for your pet’s medical treatment and care, we are not accepting applications at this time, but you may contact The Pet Fund at 916-443-6007 to inquire about funding for non basic, non emergency care. If you qualify, payment would be made directly to your veterinarian.
We highly recommend pet insurance for parents of elderly pets. Visit our pet insurance facts page for more information about pet insurance and other products that have helped our elderly pets live longer, better lives.