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Glaucoma in Dogs / Glaucoma in Cats

Glaucoma in Dogs / Glaucoma in Cats

Herbal treatments for cats and dogs to help address conditional needs of glaucoma and to may help lower canine and feline eye pressure.

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, eye, skin and coat health and is the result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune systems and tissues and organs in the body, supporting free radical scavenging, which may help support and maintain the skin's ability to withstand the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms by maintaining proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function, to protect and support skin and connective tissues in the joints and to reduce inflammation in the joints, to acidify urine and may build resistance to allergies, as well as improve immune function.

Glaucoma is when the pressure of the fluid or aqueous humor within the eye becomes excessively high. This is a serious eye condition that can affect your pet and cause long term damage if left untreated. As the pressure within the eye increases, pressure is placed on the optic nerve and as a result visual impairment and even blindness can occur. Although the condition can affect both, glaucoma tends to be far more common in dogs than cats.

The symptoms of glaucoma may include the following:

Severe pain in the eye (while pets cannot tell us about their pain, they may communicate it to us in their behavior. Pain often causes irritability, poor appetite, or lethargy)

A yellow-green discharge from the eye

Reddened eye

Enlargement of the blood vessels of the sclera or whites of the eyes

Impaired vision

Clouded cornea or an eye with a bluish tint

Dilated pupils that don’t constrict with light

During later stages of glaucoma the eye may appear larger or bulging.

The eye constantly produces aqueous humor, (the clear fluid that fills the anterior chamber of the eye) and this aqueous is steadily filtered out of the anterior chamber through a complex drainage system. When this drainage system becomes too slow, or for other reasons, the aqueous builds up in the eye, the eye’s intraocular pressure (IOP) increases and pressure is put on the optic nerve and retinal fibers.

Glaucoma can either be primary or secondary. Primary glaucoma is when glaucoma occurs as your pet has a physical predisposition to the condition. For example, drainage pores within the eyes may be too small, or at an awkward angle, making drainage of fluids from the eye difficult. In many cases primary glaucoma is genetic and is commonly seen in certain breeds such as Beagles, Cocker Spaniels, Basset Hounds, Miniature Poodles and Dachshunds.

Secondary glaucoma on the other hand is caused by another condition such as an eye inflammation caused by injury or an eye infection, cataracts, cancer in the eye, lens displacement, or chronic retinal detachment.

Secondary glaucoma can often be prevented if the underlying cause is noticed and treated swiftly. For this reason, any eye injury, infection or inflammation should be taken seriously and treated as soon as possible.

Primary glaucoma is not easy to prevent, however, if your know your pet has the predisposition to glaucoma then regular eye check ups will help to pick up early signs of the condition.

Diabetic pets are more prone to eye problems such as cataracts which can cause glaucoma. It is therefore essential to manage a diabetic pet’s glucose levels closely to reduce the chances of eye problems.

It can be devastating to learn that your pet is losing its sight as a result of glaucoma. Keep in mind that cats and dogs are incredibly adaptable and can live long and happy lives without vision. Unlike humans, animals have an incredibly sensitive sense of smell and impeccable hearing which can make up for the loss of sight.

Herbal Remedies:                                

Herbal remedies are used to help counteract and help reduce the incidence of glaucoma and eye infection, to help promote eye health, to help stimulate collagen production related to the delicate tissues of the eye, including macula and retina, to help maintain problem-free vision with shiny and bright eyes, for its cleansing properties, to help cleanse and detoxify the eye tissue, to help soothe and heal infections of the eyes and to help reduce pain.

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore functions) for its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; strongly antioxidant and free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive Vitamin C content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; ); for its critical carotenoid content to help nourish eye and teeth health (important for eye health and eye diseases including macular degeneration plus collagen production may promote strong teeth and bone health as well as may help counteract dental disease; adaptogens and natural phytochemicals work to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; used traditionally for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, sheath surrounding nerves and muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its anti-allergen natural plant chemicals which may help to fight off allergies and infections; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) support the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content; stimulates collagen production which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessels (important for cases of arthritis); for its critical carotenoid content to help nourish eye and teeth health (important for eye health and eye diseases including macular degeneration plus collagen production may promote strong teeth and dental disease); promotes optimal immune response; promotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat; may help reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats; may work  to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support; may help fight infection in the animal body.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains antioxidants, prebiotics, probiotics, digestives enzymes, fiber, inulin, fatty acids and adaptogens and is a potent plant-based anti-viral, which may help nutritionally tone the animal body, may help boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under- performing immune system, may help build white blood count to help fight infection,may help reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; may help support water regulation and fluid balance in the body;may help reduce all types of inflammation, may help provide dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, may help reduce the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy) and fever; may be an important anti-viral adjunctive in cases of Herpes virus; may help alleviate symptoms for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobilityreduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; as a gastrotonic to support stomach health; contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) LIQUID  POWDER  CAPSULES  helps promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi, germs, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions; for holistic use for ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx, throat & nerves; helps provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, nerve & joint pain and pain associated with wounds and injury; may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums; helps support the  body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and; documented anesthetic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-viral, antidysenteric, antifungal, antihemorrhagic, antileukemic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumorous,  neurasthenic and vulnerary (wound healer); used holistically for all types of Herpes virus, for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes antioxidant, natural plant steroids, prebiotics, probiotics, inulin, fiber, digestive enzymes and a plant based steroid, used holistically to help address digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, may be useful for all types of digestive disorders; works to help promote proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, especially important for raw and home cooked diets; may help address bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections; adaptogen content helps tone and strengthen the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; may help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; works to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut related to ulcers and Leaky Gut Syndrome; used holistically for Candida including systemic Candida as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS); strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-Candidal and a natural plant based steroid.

Conventional Remedies:

If you suspect your pet may have glaucoma then it should be treated as a veterinary emergency. Your vet will measure the intra intraocular pressure (IOP) with a Schiotz tonometer or a Tonopen. Normal IOP readings range between 12 to 22mmHg, and a reading of greater than 30mmHg is generally diagnosed as glaucoma.

The treatment of glaucoma depends on the severity and the underlying cause of the condition. In many cases, by the time the glaucoma is realized, permanent visual damage has already occurred and the treatment is aimed at saving the unaffected eye. Therefore the sooner the glaucoma is treated, the better the prognosis.

Conventional treatment options include medication or surgery. There are a number of medications that can help to reduce intra intraocular pressure, reduce the amount of aqueous humor produced in the eye, and assist with fluid drainage. These may include topical ointments or oral medications, however it must be noted that medication is usually not a long term solution to the problem, and in many cases, glaucoma is only resolved with surgery.

Surgical procedures will vary depending on the cause and severity. In a procedure known as laser cyclophotocoagulation, a small part of the eye that produces the aqueous humor is destroyed to reduce fluid build up. In cases where the eye is very painful, or visual damage has resulted in blindness, the eye is often removed in a procedure known as enucleation.




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