Detached Retina in dog’s eyes is an eye condition that dog owner should be aware of. This eye condition happens when the dog’s retina separates from choroids and the underlying epithelium that is pigmented, causing fluid to build up under the dog’s retina.
There are many causes for Detached Retina in dogs, such as congenital, circulatory, infectious, immune-mediated/inflammatory, degenerative, toxic, cancerous and traumatic causes. Congenital causes of Detached Retina include those that are hereditary such as sever retinal dysplasia, collie eye anomaly and multiple ocular defects. Circulatory causes of detachable Retinas are high blood pressure, thickening blood, hyperviscosity syndrome and “poor blood clotting”. Infectious causes of Detached Retina are infections that cause retina or choroids inflammation. Immune-mediated/inflammatory causes of detached retina are systemic Lupus Erythematosus, uveodermatologic syndrome and other inflammation of the retina and choroids caused by immune problems. Degenerative causes of detached Retina are retinal degeneration final stages, chronic glaucoma with deteriorated retina and surgical complications in the dog’s eye. Toxic causes of Detached Retina are antifreeze ingestion and drug reaction. Cancerous causes of Detached Retina are tumors in the choroids, retina or optic nerve. Traumatic causes of Detachable Retinas are foreign bodies, penetrating injury or blunt trauma with hemorrhage or inflammation.
One symptoms of Detached Retina is vision that is reduced; the dog may even be blind. Other symptoms of this eye condition are dilated pupils, a hemorrhage of the dog’s eye or the front part of the dog’s eye may be discolored. If a dog owner notices their dog having any of these symptoms they should take that dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible. The sooner a dog is diagnosed and treatment begins, the odds are better for saving the dog’s eye sight.
Diagnosis of detached Retina in dogs is completed by a veterinarian who will take a complete medical history of the dog and do a physical exam. After the physical exam, the veterinarian will do an ophthalmic exam. If the veterinarian does diagnose the dog with Detached Retina, the next step is to find the cause of the detached retina.
Treating Detached Retina in dogs eyes should begin as soon as possible to keep the dog’s vision from being compromised. The veterinarian must determine and treat the under lying cause responsible for the dog’s eye condition. Treatment may either be on an outpatient basis or the dog may be hospitalized. Unfortunately not all retinal detachments can be treated.