Major Uses

Atropine is used to reduce eye pain associated with corneal ulcers, uveitis, and other eye conditions in dogs, cats, and other animal species. It can be used to dilate the eyes, relieve spasms of the iris, and in some cases is used in the treatment of certain types of glaucoma.

Common Precautions

The most common side effect associated with Atropine is a decrease in tear production. Dry mouth can result from too much Atropine. Atropine should not be used in animals with lens luxation. Animals with sensitivity to sunlight should be kept out of bright light while receiving Atropine.

Atropine should not be administered in animals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to the drug. Emergency veterinary care should be sought if an animal experiences any unusual symptoms.


Atropine should be stored at room temperature in a light resistant container.


Atropine is available as a solution and an ointment. A veterinarian's dosing instructions and/or those printed on the medication label should be followed closely.

If a dose is missed, it should be administered as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the subsequent dose, the missed dose should be skipped and the regular administration schedule resumed. Two doses of Atropine should not be administered at once.

This information is for general reference only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any condition of your pet. It's intended as a general reference, this information may not include all possible uses, precautions, directions, reactions (including allergic), drug interactions, or withdrawal times. Always consult your local veterinarian and have your pet examined for any advice concerning the diagnosis and treatment of your pet, including which products and doses are most appropriate. Any trademarks are the property of their respective owners. VetDepot is not a pharmacy. All prescription products are dispensed by our Pharmacy Partner. Article last updated 2/2014.