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    Glaucoma treatment options- help.

    I have a 14 year old 9 pound cock-a-poo who is on the kidney diet food due to kidney failure. She is also blind in one eye from cataracts and has glaucoma in that eye. Apparently the pressure medicine is not working well. I asked about intravitreal gentamicin injection as an option. The vet says that gentamicin is not an option in a dog in kidney failure. I think the risk can't be fatal and would rather try that than put her under anaesthsia (sp?) to remove the eye and risk death, plus the cost would be $1000 at least, in a dog on the downhill of her life. She is still peppy and fun but I worry about surgery. I think the gentamicin would stay in the eye. Am I right? Any other non-surgical options? She is not in pain.

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    Re: Glaucoma treatment options- help.

    No, unfortunately for your dog, the eye is a very vascular structure and the gentamicin will not stay in the eye. I'm not sure that the dosage would be dangerous though...

    I believe there are also alternative injectables that you can use. I would certainly not allow a dog to live with this condition untreated... I would ask your vet to call an opthalmologist and do a little more digging.

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    Thanks for that info. The vet wants me to take her to the opthamologist for evaluation - $300! Maybe I could get the vet to research another option - there must be something equally deadly to fluid-producing cells that won't hurt the whole dog. The dosage is 10-25mg of 100mg/ml gentamicinfrom my research. Does that sound too deadly?

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