Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

Through the Eyes: Looking in and Seeing Out

Vision is a highly valued commodity for those of us blessed with functioning eyes.  Our dogs and cats have highly developed visual skills that are important and should be preserved if possible.   In this blog, I will discuss one important condition that pet owners should be aware to prevent and detect a potentially devastating eye disease.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a nasty process that closes the drainage mechanism of the eye, leading to a painful build-up of pressure in the eye which will eventually lead to blindness. The symptoms are a red, bulgy, cloudy, and painful eye. The treatment for a chronic glaucoma is enucleation (removal of the eye) or removing the contents of the eye and putting an implant inside the eye for cosmetic effect. Acute glaucoma can be treated if the cause is dealt with quickly!

Glaucoma

There are several diseases that can cause glaucoma including diabetes, chronic eye inflammation called uveitis, cancers and trauma to list a few. If your dog is suddenly pawing at his runny, red eye seek help from your local Dartmouth veterinarian promptly.

Some breeds are genetically susceptible to developing glaucoma; Beagles, Bassetts, Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, Springer spaniels, Arctic breeds, Shar-pei, Chow Chow, Dalmations and Bouvier de Flanders.  In these breeds there is no underlying disease or injury and once one eye is affected the second has a 50% chance of becoming afflicted within two years.

If you are a Halifax or Dartmouth pet owner with one of the at risk breeds, have your dog’s intra-ocular eye pressure tested at least every year after middle age. Regular intra-ocular pressure measurement is definitely part of our recommendations for all senior pets.  If our Full Circle veterinarians notice a gradual rise in pressures over time, they will start

Measuring Intra-ocular Pressure

preventative treatment. Early identification of rising intra-ocular pressures permits medical treatment that can reduce inflammation and lower sub-clincal pressure. This medical care can also involve herbal, nutritional and homeopathic support  as well as pharmaceutical treatments. Our aim will be to alleviate pain and reduce the chances that your dog will need an eye removal.

So far I have not mentioned cats… Glaucoma is rare in cats compared to dogs and is usually secondary to a severe inflammation or neoplasia.  The Siamese, European shorthair and Burmese may have primary glaucoma and would also benefit from regular ocular pressure measurement.

 

 

Tonovet Intra-ocular Pressure measurement

 

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Last updated: June 5, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes Canine Rehabilitation Services, Animal Chiropractic, TCVM Consultations, Bloodwork for Referral Services, Wellness Exams, Vaccines and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.