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Glaucoma Remedies for Dogs and Cats

Last Modified on Apr 26, 2015

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.

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Posted by Staff (Earth Clinic) on 06/23/2012

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.

Replied by Marianne
Clearwater, Fl

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.

Replied by Penny
Tennessee, US

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.

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Posted by Deno (Pasadena, Ca) on 02/25/2013

[YEA]  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.

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Posted by Jeny on 06/22/2012

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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.

Replied by Adrienne
San Francisco, California

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
Replied by Jeny
Act, Australia

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.

Replied by Adrienne
San Francisco, Usa

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
Replied by Jeny
Act, Australia

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 -

Replied by Gina
Orange, Ct

Hi Jeny of Australia!

I'm glad to read your comments. can you tell me how did you use the real glycerin on your dog? Need more explanations and I would like for your instructions. Is it put oral glycerin in the food, water or the eye problem?

Is it oral glycerin which I am able to find at the local pharmacy? Or, is it vegetable glycerin? How often do you use it on your dog? What is the outcome?

Do you use glycerin alone? Or, still continue with drop eye drops instructed by the specialist? do you combined them both or just use the glycerin alone? How do you know if spike goes up?

Please write back. thank you!

Replied by Debbie

It MUST be ORAL Glycerine. Given in a treat. But, only for a couple of days to help bring down the pressure in the eyes. When, the pressure spikes it causes a migraine. So, you will probably notice a change in your Dogs behaviour. Due, to pain.

Crucially, DON'T use a collar on your Dog. As this, puts pressure on the jugular vein. Which, can cause pressure in the eyes. So, ONLY, use a harness.

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Posted by Annalouise (Covington, Va) on 12/15/2014

My 60 pound 10 yr old mixed chow chow was diagnosed with primary Glaucoma right eye in September 2014. Three different eye drops were prescribed. It was suggested to use a harness instead of using choker chain, which I did. I was told that eventually the left eye would get glaucoma & that the eye drops would not work to bring down the pressure at some point in the future. The prognosis was NOT optimistic, it was the same as the other posts I've read. So I began a search for alternative methods for treating glaucoma.

Each time after I administer the eye drops, I hold his eye closed for as long as dog allows, (no more than a minute or less) and then massage gently around his eye socket, his ears, his temple, his neck, his jaw joint, his entire head and neck area. Since September I give him one 00 capsule of powdered sweet carrot juice, one 60 mg capsule of bilberry, and one 60 mg capsule of Ginkgo Biloba. I tried the dog glaucoma Chinese herbs from acupuncture vet for about 3 weeks in October, and observed more cloudy blue color in his right eye, no improvements, so went back to carrot, bilberry and ginkgo and could see the brown iris again in about 3 days.

Also began acupuncture in September with a DVM certified in animal acupuncture. After first session my dog became active again, regained his appetite and the weight he had lost. At first acupuncture is more often, now days it is once a month, and working towards less often. The eye drops are still working so far. I can still see some of the brown iris in his right eye. The left eye is unaffected as of this date. He continues to have a good appetite, normal BM, is active, and the eye condition is holding, meaning not getting any worse. Per the other posts on this site I keep glycerine on hand in case of emergency spikes. Herbs take longer than meds so I am watching the eyes closely for any improvement. Will post again if any changes. Not cured but not getting worse and the dog is happy, active, his coat is shinny and his appetite remains good.

Replied by Gina
Ct, US

Hi, I'm glad to read your comments. Got some questions for you, what's 00 in your instructions for carrot powdered along with Bilberry, etc? Are those for remedy drops or add them in the food? How often? One meal? How long it took your dog's eye to be normal seen again?

i just found out mine got his primary glaucoma when his pressure reading was 71. Reduced a couple of hours later after putting Xalantan in his left eye. And retested his pressure at 15 from 71. Now, the specialist instructed me with 3 different eye drops like yours. Did your dog respond well with those drops? Let me know.

Just started yesterday night with those drops Until next Thursday for his re-check & see how he responds to his pressure results. Hope you can help & hope for a good resolution. Thank you!

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc, Canada

Allopathic medicine for glaucoma is very toxic for the liver and kidneys. This is all the more incredible since good eyesight, and everything else in the body, depend on a liver in good working condition.

Do research always before using drugs. I fail to understand to this day why "scientists " or medical people are capable of such travesty as it does not make any sense. May be common sense is not so common.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Gina G.
Orange, Ct

[YEA]   This is for Namaste, Om. Were you implying my comments? Or, the others for "allopathic approach"? So far, my dog is responding well with Vitamin C and his pressure reading on left eye is low. I am optimistic and will take another pressure test this week to be sure, it isn't a fluke.

If you meant for those eye meds from the specialist, are pretty frighten due to these bloggers ' experiencing no help with control their dogs' eye pressure & altered them to do something more costly pains.

I never like the idea of pushing those useless meds for this eye condition on a dog & paying them for nothing. There is a miraculous cure for human glaucoma and that is used by conventional approach.

Even worst by altered way to deal with the pressure control is far more expensive which most specialists would say either do "laser treatments or eye removal and so on..."

Most importantly, I am making efforts to help my dog's eye pressure remains low and stay within normal range. Had him checked in with the vet yesterday while on his 3rd day of treatment!

I didn't disclosed anything about giving him the Vitamin C, Bilberry, Ginok Bilboa & others to my vet. Just saying that many vets & specialists out there to rob $$$$$ for unjustified cause and dishonesty about those useless meds! They're Not putting for the best interest of all dogs that come down with eye conditions. Just the $$$$$ for their services & so-called treatments.

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Posted by Maddie Hopper (Moscow, Id) on 04/03/2014

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,


Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

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.

Posted by Jennifer (Anchorage, Alaska) on 03/06/2013

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Gina
Ct, US

Hi, I'm glad to read your comments. Yours sounded like mine. Just found out my dog came down with left primary glaucoma but not yet full blown yesterday. Still have his brown eye, only redness on white eyeball area. Been treated now with 3 different eye drops until next Thursday for his pressure reading. He had 71 on the left in the morning, the vet got alarmed & put Xalantan drop to help reduce the pressure. It was successful & brought down to normal range at 15 later that afternoon.

How much vitamin C should I give my dog? The regular vitamin C of 1000 mg? Or 500 mg tablet? Let me know.

His weight is 33.2 lb, an American Cocker Spaniel male. hope you can help & bring some hope for Charlie. thank you!

Replied by Gina

Hi Jennifer,

I'm glad to read your comments. What changes did you make for the meal your dog? How much Vitamin C did you give? At what mg? Is it 500 mg or 1000 mg on Vitamin C?

i would like to help my dog's eyes, too. He just got his redness on his left & his pressure was 71 this past Tuesday morning. My vet got alarmed & put Xalantan drop to help lower his pressure. It came down to 15, normal range on his left & right was 17.

Been given 3 eye drops for my dog until next Thursday, 3/12 for re-check his pressure reading & see how he respond those drops. I'm truly hoping he will be more than okay.

So far, he is still eating & active playing. Just his left eye still has the redness. Hope you can help & give hope. thank you!

Replied by Kl

What type of c did you give your dog for glaucoma?
Replied by Gina

It is the Vitamin C with rosehip @ 1,000 mg. I cut in half for his morning meal & other half for meal #2 in late afternoon. KI: Are you familiar with using this Vitamin C?
Replied by Debbie

Hi. Regarding using the Vitamin C. Use Ester c.

Which is much more gentle on their stomachs. And, more absorbable. Look at adding 2 drops of grapefruit seed extract. And Omega 3.

NEVER use a collar to walk your Dog. Only, a harness. As a collar can put pressure on the jugular vein and increase eye pressure. Which will cause terrible pain.

IF, there is high pressure readings in the eye.

Look at giving Oral Glycerine. Which can help to lower the pressure. But, must only be given for a couple of days.

It's easy to get your dog to take it all, if you hide it in a slice of ham. Just make a 'little parcel' and it will, likely be 'gobbled down', before they even realise they have taken anything!!

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