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.
Continue reading to learn which remedies our readers have tried to treat glaucoma in their dogs and cats and whether they were successful!