Glaucoma is common in certain dog breeds that are genetically predisposed, such as Samoyeds, Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, Chow Chows, and Siberian Huskies. Unfortunately, 40 percent of dogs affected by Gluacoma will become blind in the affected eye within the first year, regardless of medical or surgical treatment.
Glaucoma is a condition in which pressure is placed on the eye, causing inadequate fluid drainage. There are two main types of Glaucoma, primary and secondary. Primary Glaucoma is caused by the eye’s inability to drain through the filtration angles and is characterized by high pressure within the eye, dilated pupil, cloudy appearance in the eye, enlargement of the eye and vision loss.
Secondary Glaucoma is caused by eye infections and is characterized by inflammatory debris visible in the eye, constricted pupil, sticking of the iris to cornea or lens, headaches and loss of appetite. Treatment for Glaucoma in pets include different types of optical surgeries and prescribed medications.
Medications used to treat Canine Glaucoma include Betaxolol, Methazolamide, Pilocarpine, Latanoprost and Mannitol. Each prescribed medication contains negative side effects that include headache, dizziness, insomnia, gastrointestinal disturbance,tachypnea, vomiting, diarrhea, increased salivation, increased urination, coughing, and pulmonary edema. CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive chemical compound derived from the hemp plant known for its potential therapeutic effects.
Studies found that CBD may be able to reduce intraocular pressure in dogs with glaucoma as well as help protect some cells in the eye against glaucoma.
CBD may also help manage the pain and discomfort caused by Canine Glaucoma since it contains natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. The SoCal Hemp co tincture can be given to your dog to help alleviate symptoms of Glaucoma. Dosing will depend on your dog’s weight, dogs 1lb to 60lbs would use the 600mg tincture and dogs 61lbs to 150lbs would use the 1200mg tincture. Always consult your Veterinarian before starting your furry friend on a new treatment.
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