Last Modified on Apr 29, 2014
Unfortunately our pets do not have the ability to verbally let us know when they are hurting or when something doesn't seem to be working properly. It is our job as their caregiver and protector to notice when things seem odd or when they are acting peculiar in some way. Determining a condition such as glaucoma is very difficult and physical signs may appear only after the disease has progressed. Therefore it is generally necessary to enlist the help of a professional when you think that your pet may be affected by this condition.
Glaucoma is usually caused by an underlying disease of the eye and often is the effect of a dislocation of the lens. The disease works by building up a mass of fluid in the eye, which in turn increases tension in the fluid contents of the eye. Once the problem has progressed and symptoms are present, you will find that your pet will display signs of pain and will attempt to stay away from lighted areas, as this particular problem will cause the eye pupils to dilate excessively and repeatedly. Glaucoma will cause your pets eyes to swell and appear bulging and eventually may lead to blindness.
Depending on the severity of the situation and progression of the disease, surgery may be required in order to relieve the pressure in the eye. However, in some cases there are a couple of homeopathic treatments that will help to improve eye drainage and reduce the tear production. An oral treatment of Symphytum and Helleborus may greatly decrease the level of discomfort your pet is experiencing and perhaps help to slow down the progression of the disease.
06/23/2012: Staff from Earth Clinic: "Dogs, cats, and other pets are getting glaucoma in greater numbers these days, just as in people. Natural remedies can help you relieve your pet's glaucoma symptoms.
Glaucoma is a condition in which the pressure inside the eye is increased. This happens when drainage from the eye's interior is blocked, so that the aqueous solution that is continually produced inside the eye begins to build up and presses on the inside of the eye. This condition of increased intraocular pressure can result in symptoms of pain and reduced vision. At first, there are no obvious symptoms, but in later stages of glaucoma your dog or cat's eyes may become red at the edges, the pupil enlarged, and the retina may become clouded.
Caution: Glaucoma can create significant pain and can lead to blindness if left untreated. Take your pet to a vet to confirm a diagnosis and talk about glaucoma treatment.
Natural Glaucoma Remedies: Antioxidants can help reduce the blockage and release the pressure on the eye, especially if an antioxidant can be safely applied to the eye."Replies
01/26/2014: Marianne from Clearwater, Fl replies: "You mention an oral treatment of Symphytum and Helleborus may greatly decrease the level of discomfort your pet is experiencing and perhaps help to slow down the progression of the disease (glaucoma).
I was wondering if you could elaborate on the dosages when combined? Do I do equal amounts?
I was able to get some Symphytum Officinale at my local health food store. It is 30 c. But I need to go online to purchase the Helleborus Niger. Would I get 30 c as well? Any recommendations as to number of pellets to give to start, and how often? Thanks."
04/29/2014: Penny from Tennessee, US replies: "One thing about homeopathic medicine is that it is made like other medications. The herb that is in the treatment has only a footprint of the original herb. You'd have to read about how succession works, but it is not as how we think of it as the medications from the drug store. Whether it is one pellet or 10, it will work the same, why not start with 1? When the pets symptoms subside stop the treatment ASAP. I am not a homeopathic doctor, but theory was covered in my college class for an Alternative Medicine degree. I personally would consult a homeopathic vet if possible."
[YEA] 02/25/2013: Deno from Pasadena, Ca: "My 7 yr old 90 lb. Lab has glaucoma, and pigmentary uveitis. The eye specialist in Pasadena rx was 70mls of glycerine divided into 4 parts; given over 15-20 minute in 1/4 cup of milk.. It worked to bring the pressure down. We had the pressure checked shortly after dosage was given. Dr is eye care for animals in Pasadena."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/22/2012: Jeny : "I noticed there were no glaucoma remedies on earth clinic for dogs so thought I would post my experience with my dog. She had an eye removed last year due to glaucoma and is currently having issues with the second eye. She is on the usual medications... Xalatan, Cosopt and Predneferin. However she still has pressure spikes every now and then that cause her to go temporarily blind. When this happens I give her oral glycerin. This was suggested by the eye specialist she is seeing. He said that in emergencies when the pressure spikes and the eye goes really cloudy to give her 10mls of oral glycerin.
Glycerin is amazing. Within about an hour or so, she has her sight back. My dog is an English Cocker Spaniel. I measure out 10mls and just pour it into a bowl. She licks it up as it has a sweet taste.
The second remedy I use is Vitamin C. There are a lot of studies online about vitamin c and glaucoma. For dogs you need to give them the Ester C form of vitamin c as the other types can be a bit harsh on their stomach. I give my dog 1 tablet in the morning and 1 tablet at night. Each tablet is 625mg. At her last visit to the vet her pressure was so low, the vet had trouble measuring it. I think the vitamin c has something to do with that."Replies
06/27/2012: Adrienne from San Francisco, California replies: "Hi Jenny - our dog was diagnosed today w Glaucoma. He is a 95 pound American Bulldog and only 3-4 years old. He has lost 100% vision in one eye and 80% in the other. What dosage recommendations do you have for a dog of his size? Also, glycerin has warnings not to injest on the bottle - did your vet advise you of any risks in using it and where did you buy it, is there a particular brand? Lastly, can you note the name and location of your vet? We are new to this diagnosis and want to be as proactive as possible. Thank you. Adrienne"
07/15/2012: Jeny from Act, Australia replies: "So sorry to hear about your dog. I know what you are going through.
I can't really give you specific dosages. All I know is that my dog weighs about 30 to 35 pounds and the eye specialist advised to take 10 mls. I live in Australia and have used two different brands of glycerin. The first was Faulding and the second was Gold Cross. Ask at your pharmacy for ORAL glycerin. On the bottle it says it contains 'Glycerol BP 1ml/mL'. The vet didn't advise about any risks. We only give it to her when she has a pressure spike and not on a daily basis.
I don't suppose it's worth me telling you my vet because like I said I am in Australia but I went to the Sydney Eye Clinic."
08/10/2012: Adrienne from San Francisco, Usa replies: "Thanks Jeny - Wilson had his eye removed 2 weeks ago. He has Glaucoma in his other eye and vet says "it's bad". We have started vitamin c. He is 91 lbs so 3x as large as your dog so we are giving 3000mg, but sounds like we can give 3500 (if we triple your dose for your 30lb dog). The Glycerine worked, but took 3 doses to help. Vet says it dehydrates the body (and eye) so only give when pressure seems bad (which is what you recommended). I hope your dog is doing well! Vet mentioned a procedure that is done only by a few vets called "endolaser" says it has a much higher success rate for long tern control of pressure and fewer side effects (different than common laser procedure). Thought I would mention it. Thanks for your help! We are consulting a nationally recognised vetrinary nutritional expert next week and he says there are supplements that can be helpful. I will post for you. Adrienne"
08/17/2012: Jeny from Act, Australia replies: "Sorry to hear about your dog Adrienne. My dog had laser surgery a few weeks ago on the second eye but without much success. She is now blind in that eye and it looks like that will need to be removed too. I have an eye specialist appointment next week with her so will see what happens.
The oral glycerin still works wonders for her. Even after the laser surgery she is still getting pressure spikes but the glycerin gets her back on track.
Your vet is right about it dehydrating the body so it is only an emergency thing, although when my dog was going through a particularly bad time the eye specialist told me to give it to her twice a day. But that was only for a couple of days.
Did your vet give you a specific quantity for the glycerin for your dog? It might be helpful for others reading this to hear what sort of dose you used.
Since my first post on this site, I started a website called Blind Dog Support. I wanted to help others going through the same thing. It is easy to think that a blind dog needs to be put to sleep but really a blind dog can live happily. Mine does... she has been blind for about a month now and is doing just fine.
This is the url to the site but please admin remove it if it doesn't meet your guidelines - http://www.blinddogsupport.com"
04/03/2014: Maddie Hopper from Moscow, Id: "Just wanted to comment on a comment by Andrea of NY: Regarding the pharmaceutical companies, I had been able to buy Dorzolamide eye drops for my dog at Rite Aid. I don't remember the exact price, but it wasn't more than about thirty dollars with my discount card. Then, one day the pharmacist informed me I could no longer use the card, and the price would now be something like eighty dollars with a different discount card, but if I wanted to pay twenty dollars for yet another discount card the price would come all the way down to seventy dollars. Curious, I asked "What will it cost if I have no discount card, and the answer was one hundred and five dollars!
Shortly after, I was talking with our vet, not the one who prescribed the drops, and she offered to see if she could get it for me. She did, and it cost me twenty-six dollars. A similar travesty happened with Prednisolone drops for the same dog. The price our vet was given at local drug stores was over one hundred dollars. Then, she found a veterinary supply that sold it to her and she sold it to me for twenty-nine dollars. Don't know what she paid, but we can be assured it was less than what she charged me. So, all I can figure is that the prices some people have to pay for these drops are obscene and unjustified.
I just wish I could find a natural remedy for glaucoma for our dog. I know about Vitamin C, but it's really scary backing off the drops when you don't have a way to tell what's happening with the pressure. Thanks for listening,
04/04/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Maddie!
You might try 2 drops cold pressed castor oil in each eye am and pm. In addition you might try supplementing the diet with Hyaluroni acid, and Glucosamine sulfate - you can google to find out where to purchase, and the bottle will give dosing guidelines."
[YEA] 03/06/2013: Jennifer from Anchorage, Alaska: "My 9 year old blue heeler was diagnosed with Glaucoma on 3/3/13. At the visit the vet was not optomistic of him retaining his vision as his pressure #'s were high. They gave me a combined eye drop and pain chew. The next day we went back to test the pressure again, it had risen 10 more points!! They gave me additional drops and also an oral med. I started doing research on the 3rd to see if I could find a holistic remedy to ease the pain and discomfort he was feeling as my vet explained that there isn't a cure. I found an article about vitamin C, well several articles... And also some articles about diets. He wasx already on a holistic diet so I didn't worry about that but the vitamin C option was interesting. Since vitamin C is water soluable he can't overdose and my vet refused to give me feedback on how much I should give him. I administered about 1000mg in his food on the 5th. I am watching his bowl movements for loose stool (sign to decrease the vitamin C dose). I took him back in this morning the 6th of March and low and behold his eye pressure was back down to 16 & 19!!! The vet was shocked and had many questions to ask about his diet and changes I had made. I am not a scientist but I do have a feeling this additional step I took may have saved my dog's vision."