Acute glaucoma in canines is a true veterinary emergency. Without prompt treatment, your dog could lose his vision. Some dogs suffer from chronic glaucoma, in which vision already is lost. Latanoprost, marketed under the brand name Xalatan, is used to treat acute and chronic cases of canine glaucoma. It works by reducing the pressure in the eye, which also offers pain relief.
Glaucoma symptoms include pupil enlargement, corneal swelling and obvious pain in the eye. If the condition affects both eyes, your dog displays evidence of blindness. After a definitive diagnosis, your veterinarian likely will prescribe several medications to treat your dog's condition. Xalatan generally is prescribed in the form of eye drops. Pregnant or nursing dogs shouldn't receive Xalatan.
Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.