Your veterinarian might prescribe an ophthalmic solution containing atropine sulfate to treat your dog diagnosed with corneal ulcers or uveitis. Atropine sulfate eyedrops help ease the pain associated with these conditions. Vets also use these drops during eye examinations to cause pupil dilation. The body easily absorbs atropine sulfate, so it's important to give the correct dosage to your dog to avoid potential side effects.
Side Effects and Contraindications
Excessive amounts of atropine sulfate can cause serious side effects, including vomiting, constipation and difficulty urinating. Your dog's heart rate might rise, along with his temperature. If some of the solution gets into his mouth, except excessive salivation as a result because of the nasty taste. Dogs with glaucoma or lens luxation should not receive atropine. After giving your dog a dose of atropine sulfate, keep him out of bright light.
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