Many times when people choose to get a Manchester terrier, they are not quite sure of what any of the possible health problems are that they are prone to getting. However, one health problem that the Manchester terriers often have is glaucoma.
For many dogs, having glaucoma is no big deal. However, for many other dogs it will cause them to go blind. When a dog has signs of the beginning stages of glaucoma it is very important that you take it to see a veterinarian, for possible treatments or medication to prolong the process of the disease. However, most times when people find out that their Manchester terriers have the disease, it is too late.
Most often when your Manchester terrier has glaucoma, it is not a first hand disease. In fact, it is usually secondary glaucoma that they have. By that, the disease is usually a secondary disease that is caused by a previous condition of some sort. Some of the most common causes of secondary glaucoma are bleeding of the eye, displacement of the lens, inflammation in the eye, scarring of the eye, or anything that would cause the angle to become narrow or close. Also, many times secondary glaucoma is caused by some sort of head trauma as well. Glaucoma is a disorder in the eye, which is caused by increased pressure in the eyeball. In fact, dogs as well as people may experience pressure than can have an end result of significant damage and loss of eye sight.
If your Manchester terrier has the possibility of having glaucoma, it is best to have him/her tested as soon as possible. In fact, glaucoma is a disease that can come either quickly or gradually; therefore, you never know if it is a full blown case of glaucoma. However, there are many signs to detect for the possibility of glaucoma. Some of the early signs you will see are red eyes, increased tear production, and possibly some pain. In most cases of onset glaucoma, many Manchester terriers will have swelling of the eyes, redness, blindness, along with pain. Because of the results of glaucoma, many dogs will have a change in their behaviors as well as their attitudes.
One of the best things you can do for your Manchester terrier is to have him/her checked by a veterinarian every year, not only for glaucoma; but for a total check up. Therefore, you will know that your dog is being tested as well as taken care of properly. If the veterinarian does see some signs of glaucoma, you can have it treated right away. When it comes to treating glaucoma, it is best to have it done right away to prevent any loss of eye sight.