Things that go bump in the house

DURHAM — It’s safe to say, we never saw it coming. Of all the concerns we had for our dalmatian, we never expected him to go suddenly blind — overnight, as it turned out. A happy Dexter dog went to bed on a cold March Saturday night, tired from playing in the living room while the Toronto Maple Leafs skated to a solid win over Anaheim. The next morning, however, everything changed in his world and ours.

As humans, we’re visual species. When we think about losing our vision, it’s devastating. I’m sure for a dog, it’s upsetting, but they’re phenomenal creatures and adapt very well. Dr. Tara Richards

We woke up to a dog trembling in his own bed, laying in a mess of urine. His eyelids were clamped shut over his amber eyes, unwilling — or unable — to open them. He looked like he was squinting to keep out the sunlight.
Scared, we had no idea what was wrong with Dexter. We rushed him downstairs and into the backyard where he seemed stunned and dazed. He tried to open his eyes, which went suddenly cloudy in the bright morning light.
Unknowingly, we had just been given a crash introduction to canine glaucoma.
At the emergency clinic in Newmarket, a vet technician studied Dexter and said it seemed like he was suffering from a massive migraine. A vet there suspected acute glaucoma — capable of rendering a dog blind in only hours — but referred us to the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in downtown Toronto, where that diagnosis was soon confirmed.
In simple terms, glaucoma is a serious eye disease where fluid in the eye is produced faster than it can be removed, which leads to a sustained increase in intraocular pressure. That increasing pressure causes degenerative changes to the optic nerve and the retina….
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source: Northumberland News