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Glaucoma in Young Pup

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Hello! I am new to this forum board. Please excuse me if I post something in the wrong topic.

So my pup, Hank, is nearing 13 weeks old, I purchased him at nearly 7 weeks... ( I know, very young to purchase him. I bought him from a man off Craiglist who lives in the same town as me..)

4 days after living at the house with me, his left I was covered by a white film so I took him to the vet the next day and he thought it was just some sort of irritation.. about a week after, his right began looking the same as the left. after a few visits with different vets and after a lot of different medications, we were finally referred to an opthamologist.. He determined it is primary glaucoma. Other than his eyes, he is a completely happy and healthy pup with tons of energy!
Both eyes are bupthalmic and the Doctor told us his Haab/s striae are scattered in his corneas and both his eyes are cloudy. There's a lot of information, really.. I let the man who bought him from know what has been going on and that he should tell the other buyers about my pup, just incase something may happen to their precious bassets.. I don't know if he has or not, but we have been able to keep some what in contact.
Anyways, the doctor has perscribed poor Hank with Glycerin and he's taking two different eye drops currently. I've ran out of his other medications..

I've looked through other threads and haven't seen very much about pups with glaucoma, but I was really wondering, has anyone else experienced their pups developing glaucoma at such a young age?

If so, can you share your experience with it? How did you cope?
How has anyone with a young or old basset learned to cope with their baby(s) having glaucoma?
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they can adjust more easily if it goes at a young age
not sure that is the case.

The biggest concern going forward is pain. Often times the eye need to be removed. Hank is certainly the youngest basset I have hear of woth a gluacoma diagnoses. If you want to find out how stand up the breeder is have them contact univerity of IOWA Glaucoma Cell Biology Laboratoryfor submitting DNA samples or univerisity of Missouri Project Coordinator Liz Hansen at [email protected] or by calling 573-884-3712. see; Useful Research Families

I have not had a dog with glaucoma but did have a beagle lose its eyesight to SARDS which means the dogs go blind very quickly over a few days. This dog adapted quite well. even to new homes and living arangements it just could never figure out that my sisters cat like to drink out of her pool. When "bandit" was on the hunt she would end up in the pool until it was fenced off. She used a dog door with stairs no problem. She aguired what she needed to know about new living arrangement by following a circular path through the house and not deveating from that route. the worse thing you could do was try and help her navigate. it only confused and upset her.
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his E collar digs into the dirt and it gets all over him lol.
just be careful he does not develop Mariah's technique for dealing with a e-collar ram it into stuff till it breaks.
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