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dilated (enlarged) pupils
clouding of the cornea (the normally clear outer layer of the eye)
red or bloodshot eyes
one eye protruding or appearing larger than the other, squinting, or tearing
Because glaucoma is painful, your pet may react by rubbing or pawing at the eyes or rubbing his or her head against the floor or furniture more than normal.
At Rutland Animal Hospital, we can test your dog or cat’s eyes for excess pressure easily and safely. The test, performed with a device called a tonometer, is not painful and does not require sedation.
If not treated immediately (within hours to days), glaucoma can cause permanent vision loss or even blindness. Pets that have suffered eye injuries should have this test performed. In addition, we recommend that breeds that are prone to developing glaucoma come in for regular measurements so we can monitor eye pressure and begin treatment before any problem becomes irreversible.
Please call us at 804-559-6502 to discuss whether your pet may be at higher risk for glaucoma.