Why should some dogs be screened for glaucoma?

Our vets offer gonioscopy, an additional examination that is carried out on specific dog breeds to investigate whether they are predisposed to glaucoma.

Glaucoma in dogs, also known as glaucoma, is a painful condition that results in increased pressure inside the dog's eye. Unfortunately, this disorder is hereditary, and by using gonioscopy we can reduce the incidence of glaucoma in breeds that are prone to it.

In terms of breeding, dogs with narrow iridocorneal angles or PLD pectinate ligament deformities can be used, but mating them with dogs that are completely free of the disease is highly recommended. Although not all dogs with PLD develop glaucoma, the disease is more likely to develop if the changes are significant. Therefore, it is important to be aware of glaucoma in dogs and take necessary measures to prevent and deal with it.

What are the symptoms of glaucoma in dogs?

  • The dog rubs against the eye and/or squints regularly
  • The eye becomes more prominent
  • The eye appears red due to enlarged blood vessels
  • Reduced vision
  • Decreased appetite and general condition

How is glaucoma treated in dogs?

If suspected glaucoma in the dog yours, you should contact your veterinarian. It may be necessary eye lighting or other eye examinations to find out if there are any underlying causes of the disease. The condition is usually treated with preparations that lower the pressure in the eye, or various eye drops that facilitate drainage. The condition can be painful, so the dog will also receive painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication.

Which dog breeds should be examined for glaucoma?

  • Samoyed
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Flat coated retriever
  • Beagle
  • siberian husky
  • Long-haired Vorstehhund
  • Am Cocker
  • Chow Chow
  • Bouvier des Flandres
  • Basset hound

Do you suspect glaucoma in your dog?

Gonioscopy of dog with a lens on the eye.
Here Atella gets a lens on her eye during the gonioscopy examination - Photo by Hans Jacob Beck