Conjunctivitis Remedies

Last Modified on Feb 01, 2014

How can you determine if your dog or cat is suffering from eye conjunctivitis?  Well, there are some pretty straightforward, can't miss symptoms when it comes to this problem.  You may notice a reddening of your pet's eyes, as well as a thick discharge coming from the corner of one or both eyes.  You might also see that your pet is rubbing its face on the floor or on other objects and is continually scratching around the eye area.  The animal may be producing excess tears which will cause your pet to blink a lot more than what it normally would, and due to a buildup of conjunctivitis may not be able to open or close its eyes completely.

Before you begin to treat the problem it is important to determine the exact cause of the conjunctivitis.  It is quite common that allergies, different types of infections and feline respiratory diseases will be the onset of this particular condition.  Though in many cases, there will be other signs or symptoms of the virus or allergies that accompany the conjunctivitis.  However it is also possible that the conjunctivitis could be a result of some type of physical damage to the eye, such as a thorn or some other foreign object lodged in the eye.  This is the kind of situation that you want to be particularly careful about as attempting to treat the eye without having the object removed could cause further damage. 

In order to clean the eye area you will want to use about a liter of warm water and very gently pour it over the affected eye(s).  Using a piece of soft, cotton wool soaked in the water, carefully wipe around the eye and remove any discharge, but do not wipe over the eye.  Once you have cleared most of it away you will be able to more carefully examine the eye to determine if there is any type of object inside the eye that should not be there.  If there is any possibility that this scenario exists then do not attempt to treat the problem yourself. 

Alternatively, there are a number of homeopathic herb treatments that can be very successful in clearing up the problem of conjunctivitis due to allergies and other possible infections.  Some of the best remedies include Euphrasia, Aconite, Pulsatilla and Sanicula.  These herbs can be purchased at your local health or homeopathic store or through numerous online sources.


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Antibiotic Ointment

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[YEA]  12/14/2012: Mgew from Austin, Texas, United States: "I have used Antibiotic Ointment lots of times for my cats and kittens gunky eyes. Make sure you get the plain stuff, non with the pain reliever just the basic. I have even put in in my eye. When ever I had a cat with an eye that looked like it was irritated I would put a dab on the outside corner of the eye so he could blink it in. It has never bothered them and has always worked wonders. I usually do it for three days in a row and then they are good to go then.

Right now I have a feral cat in my a back yard with a gunky looking eye. It started out as a clear yellow discharge with red sometimes. He then started keeping it closed all the time. It has gotten really bad looking and seems to be moving into his other eye. I can't touch him he's too skiddish. One day I was able to prepare myself with a dab of ointment on my finger and I got it on him. His eye looked way better the next day but since then I am losing the catch a cat battle. I ordered Fishmox and it's on its way. Otherwise he may keep suffering and go blind."


[YEA]  05/31/2010: Lisa from Wichita Falls, Texas: "pet eye problems

a kitten that I rescued 2 or 3 years ago( I still have him) kept having eye problems. For 2 or 3 weeks I would clean his eyes with a warm wet wash cloth. They were better but not cured. Someone told me to put antibiotic ointment just under the eyes being careful not to get it in the eyes. Just put some on your finger and rub it in the fur around the bottom of the eye. I did this 3 times a day for about a week or so and his eyes were cured! No more problems."

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07/24/2010: Wizzlet from Somerville, Mass replies: "The last comment talked about pouring 1 liter of water over the cat's eye. I would caution about doing this as, if any water gets into the cat's ears, your cat could end up having a lot more problems. Ear infections, loss of balance and many other issues. I would stick to cleaning the eye with a clean sterile gauze. Then use your antibiotic ointment."
06/26/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Usa replies: "Wizzlet; I agree with you about pouring any water on any animal. Animals aspirate (suck in) where humans breath in & out normally. It is not good to pour so freely any liquids on an animal's face.

I would like to add another off subject please.

I have been seeing and hearing that when people go out for rides in very hot weather they take the dog(s )with them, then decide to stop in the grocery store or stop for a bite to eat!!! It only takes a few seconds for an infant or dog of any age or size to die from the heat & humidity. I am hoping people will be active in help protecting these innocent beings, I have printed up signs for cars that have any animal sitting in the car even if all the windows are down; the humidity is a killer.

I recently was in a store for several hours an saw an older dog sitting with all windows down but barely breathing, I went and told a police officer about this dog, generally this is not my thing as I do believe in the slogan "Live & Let Live "but what about your loving pet? Granted even I need more education about life in general etc. but I do have the willingness to learn.

Thank you for allowing me to share this with others. God bless."


Antibiotics

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[YEA]  08/28/2009: Faith77fairfield from Waterloo, New York, USA: "I tried apple cider vinegar and colloidal silver and both helped but the infection kept coming back. I couldn't afford $200 the vet wanted so out of desperation I decided to use my leftover antibiotic capsule (Amoxicillian). My sister who is a nurse used my cats weight times 5 mg. antibiotic per pound and figured that a 500 mg. capsule could be divided into 16 dosages. From information I read about, I gave my cat one dosage a day for 10 days and we are now 7 days off the amoxicillian and there is no sign of the infection coming back. You can tell that it is still healing as there is crusty stuff, like scabbing still coming out of his eyes. I am glad I used the antibiotic. This cat is a stray that just showed up in my yard one day and he is a delight. Lastly, I must say I am very angry that I can't afford to go to a vet. Everything is outragious. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this sight."

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07/10/2010: Allison from Houston, Tx replies: "Just a gentle reminder that anytime antibiotics are taken internally, whether for humans or for pets, it's a good idea to follow up with a course of probiotics (i.e. Lactobaccillis acidophiles, yogurt, etc.) for a week or two to replenish the good floras in the digestive tract. Even one course of antibiotics can wipe out all the good guys in your gut, which can compromise a weak immune system and create further problems down the road. I learned the hard way to have a cat that developed chronic constipation following a course of antibiotic, which eventually led to the development of a toxic mega colon that required multiple surgeries. So don't forget the probiotics anytime after completing a course of antibiotic, humans and animals."


08/12/2009: Racer from Hampton, Tennessee: "What do you think of fish antibiotics that you can buy on line without a prescription for cats and dogs when they have an eye infection... The doses are on the internet. Is this safe? Robyn"

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01/24/2012: Faith77fairfield from Waterloo, New York replies: "I don't know about the fish stuff. I do know that I have used the Amoxicillian several times on my cat, another time for upper respiratory infection. Worked like a charm. I got the info off an internet site, I don't remember where, but it was vet info on dosage of amoxicillan for cats. My Skippy is doing great, although now he needs to lose a little weight.

Also, I have cured worms in 3 of my cats with diatomaceous earth. Thank God for Earth Clinic."

05/28/2012: Robin from Pickett, Wi replies: "Amoxicillin & Penicillin 250 & 500 mg are the same no matter what they are for. Fish, Cats, Dogs, Etc."


Apple Cider Vinegar

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02/01/2014: Jessgib31 from Maryville,tn: "Ok so I just had a cat that had kittens two weeks ago. They had just started opening their eyes a few days ago. However over night it seems there eyes are matted shut. I have read about the ACV treatment I haven't used it I wanted to make sure it was safe for them being so little. I also Also should I go ahead and treat all my cats and children. I also wondered the correct dosage and if its just plain acv? Last thing is I think the momma cat got pregnant from her brother could that be why they are having issues? I look forward to your response. Thank you, Jessica"

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02/01/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Jessgib!

Goopy eyes is actually fairly common in 2 week old kittens that are just opening their eyes for the first time; this has nothing to do with the accidental inbreeding between sis and bro. You should do a few things to help them get their eyes open and keep infection at bay.

First, make sure Momma cat is clean and that the nest is clean - change all the bedding and give Momma a bath if she needs it [she likely will not, but do consider if she does need a bath].

You should clean each baby's eyes with wash cloth dipped in plain warm water - do this three times a day to keep their eyes gunk free. Be careful not to pull any mats or clumps of debris away from the eyes as you could tear a delicate eye lid; just keep on soaking the gunk off with the wet wash cloth.

And, once their eyes are fully open check to see if they still have discharge in any form. If they are still gunky there could be a couple things going on - either an upper respiratory infection - you would likely hear the kittens coughing and sneezing if this were the case, or its conjunctivitis/pink eye. The UTI - IMHO-really requires a vet visit. Pink eye on the other hand can easily be remedied with home treatment.

You can try the ACV remedy for conjunctivitis from EC:

Home Remedy Ingredients

  • Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar - 2 Teaspoons
  • Filtered Water - 1 Cup

Mix 2 tsp of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. Dip a cotton pad or soft cloth in the solution to wash the eyelid inside and out. You can place a few drops of the water mixture in the eye as well. You should repeat this treatment every few hours until the conjunctivitis is completely healed. Usually that will take from 2-3 days.

You can also try the advice from another poster who used the human eye remedy "Pink Eye Remedy" available at any drug store.

Good luck and keep us posted please!"


[YEA]  11/13/2013: Colleen from North Vancouver British Columbia Canada: "Hi, I tried the ACV treatment on my dog Hailey, 8 1/2 month old lab cross. She has had reoccuring eye infections. Instead of the antibiotic drops, I tried the ACV placed on the back of her neck with a cotton ball. I held it in place for 30 seconds or so, gave a squeeze. After 2 treatments her eyes are so much better. I was having to wipe them every hour at least, big gobs of gook. I also added about a tsp/capful to her drinking water, she didn't seem to mind it. I used organic Omega ACV, unfiltered, with the mother. I'll certainly be telling everyone about this miraculous cure. Thanks so much."

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11/27/2013: Ish from Sao Paulo, Brazil replies: "Hi! I knew applecider vinegar is a miracle liqued. I used it for allmost anything from cleaning toilets to treating fungus and to nuetralize chemical cement burns taken during work, but never thought about this. I am very positive due to my previous experience with vinegar and after reading all these positive posts im going to try it on 4kittens and 3 adult cats! Yes thats right.. I had 2 cats who got it today after taking in a stray pussy with her 4 kittens. Well actually it was her deciding to move her litter from the neightboors roof into my house after me feeding her. She was so skinny the poor thing. I ofc accepted her in and am honoured by her trust. They all have conjevitus so transfered it to my other cats and my niece! Its an absolute outbreak :( probably bcos of my niece not washing her hands and playing with them.. So today ill freshen them up. Already cleansed their eyes with a salt-boiled water solution and now off to the store to get some applevinegar!! I'll defo post here to let everyone know! But bcos all of them having it I may need to resort to the not prefered anti biotics.. I'll keep in touch."
11/27/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Ish!

THANK YOU for taking in this stray puss and kits into your home and saving them!!

The AC remedy should do the trick nicely for you! Some ideas on how to mix and other options to consider are here:

http://earthclinic.com/CURES/viral_conjunctivitis.html"

11/27/2013: Om from Hope Bc Canada replies: "Hi Ish from Sao Paolo- you won't believe it but I use a dropper with my own urine two or three times and pink eye, etc. are gone. It works extremely well and is soothing so dog/cat don't object. Om"
12/20/2013: Carolroars from Cupertio, Ca replies: "Is the apple cider vinegar diluted before applying to the skin?

Also...does anyone know how to use chamomile tea for conjunctivitis in cats? I find conflicting info from site to site, some saying chamomile is toxic to cats, others saying it's fine to use as an eye wash. My cat, Cee Cee, has had terrible conjunctivitis for three months now, and the antibiotic eye salve the vet gave us doesn't really help.

Would appreciate some guidance."

12/20/2013: Om from Hope Bc Canada replies: "Carolroars from Cupertio

Carol, my cats, if they have pink eye get a few drops of my midstream urine twice a day for two or three days. But it works immediately and stops the pain. The rest is follow up. Om"

12/21/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Carolroars!

You can try the ACV remedy for conjunctivitus from EC:

Home Remedy Ingredients

  • Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar - 2 Teaspoons
  • Filtered Water - 1 Cup

Mix 2 tsp of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. Dip a cotton pad or soft cloth in the solution to wash the eyelid inside and out. You can place a few drops of the water mixture in the eye as well. You should repeat this treatment every few hours until the conjunctivitis is completely healed. Usually that will take from 2-3 days.

You can also try the advice from another poster [scroll down for original post]:

12/08/2013: Bluejade4 from Houston, tx: "I used a drug called Pink Eye Remedy for humans on my cat. You can get this at any drug store. My cat is 1 year old and she had eye redness with swelling very teary and little yellow puss like discharge at the corner of one eye. And just redness in the other eye. She was not playing much and would hide and sleep most of the day. I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar and the Neosporin they helped a little but was not effective enough. I bought the pink eye remedy cleaned her eyes with a wet warm face cloth. Held my cat down had my daughter drop 2 drops per eye. I did this twice daily for three days. My cat is all better now she is playing and is her old self. Her eyes are clear bright and normal.""

12/22/2013: Marnie from Calgary replies: "My cat (Max) does indeed have conjunctivitis and I have been giving him the apple cider, now for about 8 months! It does keep away, and recently I cut him back from twice a day, to once a day! I did try to cut him back again, only to have a recurrence! How long does it normal take before your kitty can come off permanently?"
12/22/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Marnie!

Have you ever taken your cat to the vet to find out why your cat has reoccurring eye infections?

Conjunctivitis - pink eye - can be bacterial in nature or viral. If he is being contaminated with bacteria, he needs to be kept out of whatever is causing the reinfection.

Its also entirely possible he has Feline Herpes - which manifests as a viral form of conjunctivitis, and if so the eye infections may be life long/chronic and additional nutritional support such as lysine is likely indicated.

You may find some ideas here:

http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/feline_respiratory_disease.html#intro

And also more info here:

http://pets.webmd.com/cats/conjunctivitis-pinkeye-cats-types-symptoms-causes-treatments"


09/12/2013: Dtiffer from San Antonio, Tx: "Hi all, I am a first timer and I found the posts on ACV hopeful so I started treating my cat with it just now. I noticed when I got home this afternoon that he was squinting on the left eye, it looks a bit puffy. I got disheartened because I am unemployed and I feel any extra thing I have to spend on; I thought about how much is this gonna cost me, to go to vet. So I searched the internet and found this website. Thank you for all the valuable information posted here. I just washed his eye with diluted ACV (1 part ACV to 3 parts purified water). I drink it myself so I have plenty handy. I didn't get much resistance from kitty, he let me help him. I am going to also try to give it to all of my kitties (I'm a proud mama of five) in their food, as many of you are doing. I am positive the ACV is going to work on kitty's eye. Thank you, thank you, thank you :)"


[NAY]  06/29/2012: Violetto from Atlanta, Ga, United States: "I read a lot of posts under cat conjunctivitis and elsewhere on the interwebs and have tried ACV of multiple strengths. From 90% to 5%. Nothing really helped. Applied to the back of the neck, cleaned around the eye, dropped into the eye, drank, ate with food, nothing. I stayed up all night for 2 days administering her constantly wiping her eyes clean and cleaning around the eye with ACV. Nothing changed because the infection carried on to the next eye. But I recommend including ACV into the food at all times. Surprisingly my cats love it so I was able to put alot.

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So I went out and got contact multi-purpose solution. I would have bought the sensitive formula because it has one less ingredient, Hydranate. I was just looking for a medicinal Boric acid solution, warning, it's not the same thing as Borax at all. I also got extra virgin coconut oil.

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This is how I saw immediate change (no red/gunk/ooze):


  1. Cleaned around the eyes with a solution of 3 parts ACV 10 parts water with cotton pads.
  2. 2 drops of contact solution into each eye.
    Use your fingers lightly to open the eyes so the solution gets moved around. Your fingers will carry germs so don't even get close to the eyes. My fingers (I used all 5, not just 2) were placed at her temples and whiskers area. Think of it like holding a sandwich (haha). It gets slippery depending how soft the fur is but find your grip! :)
  3. Using cotton buds, I saturated it with coconut oil and applied it around and over the eye. I wasn't afraid that it would get into her eyes cus some people do that too. I was generous with the oil. I did not heat the oil to melt, I walked in the hot sun and it melted some. But you can scoop some with cotton bud to apply.
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Make the room comfortable for the little tigers, I have a cone but I chose not to use it because that'd stress her out and feel uncomfortable. It's very important not to. Instead, I applied coconut oil around her paw and surrounding areas where she licks in case she touches her eye area too, since coconut oil is anti a bunch of things. She's fussy but she didn't mind it at all. I found that it was important to let your cat rest to heal. I researched everything I buy or even try to bring close to my cat cus she's my only white princess tiger. She's very much happier and I guess it helped to have a lil cat sis to loves her too. Good luck!"

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02/11/2013: Glo from Ormond Beach, Fl replies: "Why do you put the vinegar and water on the back of the neck of the cat or dog for an eye problem?"
02/14/2013: Angela from Cary, Nc replies: "It absorbs into the skin or they ingest it by licking and it changes the ph in their bodies so the conjunctivitis can't thrive. Absolutely works. It is very acidic and can burn their mouths. Dilute it 50/50 with water. I put it in a spray bottle and drench their fur a few times a day until better. You can also take cotton balls and dip them n the solution and clear their eyes. It will sting but just for a second. Keep their eyes closed and do this three times a day for the first day and then twice then once a day till better. It truly works, good luck!"


11/15/2011: Stephanie from Atlanta, Ga: "I'm confused, why do you put ACV on the scruff of cats neck for eye infection ? Is it absorbed through skin?"

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[YEA]  01/27/2012: Arlyn from Nahant, Ma replies: "I'm not usually one for reviewing products/methods but this time I just have to. As an herbalist I'm quite open to experimenting with natural remedies on myself but have always been a bit hesitant when it comes to trying things on my cats. However, my elder male, Mr. Fitch, turned up with some variation of conjunctivitis this week that rapidly progressed to the point of gluing his eyes shut. Not having any eye ointment on hand and, as others here have mentioned, being very tight on finances I did some research and found the apple cider vinegar remedy here. Along with gently swabbing his eyes with a cloth soaked with warm water as frequently as possible without completely alienating him, I soaked the back of Mr. Fitch's neck with full strength organic apple cider vinegar twice, 3 hours apart, last night. I applied none during the day today prefering to see how he reacted to last night's dosing.

I have to say that we are not out of the woods yet, but the improvement between last night and tonight is quite noticeable and a relief, for me and him I believe. Mr. Fitch just received another ACV application a little while ago and Mr. Fitch willing I'm planning on two more tonight. He certainly doesn't seem to mind them very much. Here's hoping the improvement continues and he'll be clear again before the eye ointment I ordered arrives on monday.

At this point I'd say that, while certainly not guaranteed, this remedy is certainly worth a shot. Thank you Earth Clinic for making it available."

[YEA]  01/17/2013: Caroline from Montreal, Quebec, Canada replies: "This stuff is a miracle!

My 10-year old Shih Tzu has had eye issues for years. The vet says he is 75% blind (not sure I believe that from the testing I have done at home) due to leakage from his corneas to lubricate his eyes. They have always been leaking nasty yellowish stuff that literally glues his left eye shut in the morning. And the whites of his eyes are bright red. He's had oodles of antibiotics and gunk that costs $84 for a tube the size of my pinky - and about 10% of that farts out air the first time you use it - that I have to use 3 times a day. I've spent over $1000 on vet visits and medicines to control it.

SO, I read this thread. Cleaned his eyes (AGAIN! - it's my second profession - if I got paid for it I'd be rich - or at least able to pay vet bills... ) with boric acid (1 tsp to 1 cup water, then I use cosmetic pads to wipe them well). Then I doused the back of his neck with 1/2 water and 1/2 apple cider vinegar from a spray bottle.

Holy $%^&!! He woke up the next morning with nothing! Nada! I couldn't believe it and kept checking his eyes for days. It's been almost a week and I douse the back of his neck before I shower every morning (so I can wash off the smell - yuck! ) and his eyes are 95% better. Next to no discharge.

This forum has saved my dog. The vet wanted $800 to remove his eye. He came very close to being put down and my sons would have been completely heartbroken. This wonderful but (formerly) miserable dog acts like a puppy again!! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!

Ain't Google grand? :>)"


[NAY]  08/06/2011: Riva from Mogadore, Oh: "I found that this did nothing at all and did it following instructions given. Finally went to vet and got some drops and it cleared up completely in two days."

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[YEA]  09/21/2011: Sharon from Wesley Chapel, Fl replies: "Yes, yes, yes, it worked overnight. I used straight acv. Twice at night and twice in the morning. Our pets have the most urgent need for gentle, safe, effective remedies as they cannot tell us where it hurts. My little pom started winking her eye and washing at it with her paws right after a bath, so l knew she had gotten shampoo in it. I tried a gentle saline rinse, which helped a little, but by bedtime, l came running to earthclinic. By ten this morning, her eye is open, though it needs another saline rinse to get the little overnight goo. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences to help me and my dogs."
10/13/2011: Ashley from Dunfermline, Fife replies: "Where did you get the cat antibotics without going to vets? My cat has conjunctivits and can't afford vet bill."
10/30/2011: Catlover from Lafayette, Indiana replies: "You used to be able to buy FishMox (but now you cannot in certain states) Read it -- it will say amoxicillin on the label. This is the same amoxicillin that your doctor or vet will prescribe for you. You may still be able to get it in a pet store depending on your state. I also ordered online from Calvet Supply and other online sites will have it too. It is perfectly safe - I have given to my pets. However you need to adjust the doseage depending on your cats weight. I would also suggest following up with Acidophyllus (you can get at walmart). It is also in Yogurt and they put in some milks (it will say on the front label). I think its important to follow up with acidophyllus because antibiotics often wipe out the good bacteria as well as the bad - and this can cause yeast and other infections. Good Luck!!"
01/24/2012: Faith77fairfield from Waterloo, New York replies: "The Amoxicillian was mine, capsule form. If you don't have that, get the fishmox. I am going to get it just to have on hand. Thanks."
06/22/2012: Joyeux from Denver, Co replies: "I have a 3 yo lab who has a thick glue-like substance running from his eyes at all times. The vet flushed his eyes and gave me an antibiotic to apply with no improvement. I tried Organic Apple Cider Vinegar but it did not work. I have been applying it several times per day. I was very disappointed after reading all the successes! I am curious about what it is about the vinegar and its application that makes this successful for some?"
10/06/2013: Twinkiedooter from Wooster Ohio replies: "Dog eye problems

My miniature white poodle (6 years old) was a rescue. She had horrible breath and weeping eyes with awful stains on her face. After using a product called Angel's Eyes her horrid breath is gone and her face fur stains and weepy eyes are gone!! It is not expensive for the results you get. It took less than 2 months for her face stains and weepy eyes to go away and less than a month for the bad breath. Google for cheapest price. I get mine off Ebay with free shipping at less than $15 for a 3 month supply. Honey weighs about 10 lbs so I am able to keep her in check for about $5 a day. I sprinkle on her dry food and she eats it up. I would not recommend putting it in water though. No ill effects at all and just a happier looking dog.

This product can be used on cats AND dogs successfully provided they don't have a different kind of eye problem. The bad breath is a bacterial infection and the eye weeping and discoloration is bacterial also. I don't normally endorse a product but this one is for real. I did try ACV and that did nothing for her bad breath or weeping eyes.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Also, using H202 CAN be corrosive so be very very careful as you CAN chemically burn your pet. You can buy food grade hydrogen peroxide at a health food store for about $20 a pint. Don't handle this with your bare hands but use an eyedropper instead or you WILL get a chemical burn!!! Do not take internally without REALLY diluting it either. I take it myself and found you must gradually increase the dosage over a period of time starting at one or two drops a day!! If you take too much of this you WILL experience a burning sensation in your arms and legs like your blood is burning!!! Be very careful giving this to your pet. VERY careful. If 10 drops in a cup of water does this to me, just think what 10 drops will do to your pet."

10/07/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "A general FYI - Angel's Eyes product for tear stains active ingredient is Tylan; this is an antibiotic. Tylan - under the name Tylosin - can be obtained at most farm and fleet supply stores; this can be given orally to dogs and the bulk product Tylosin is far cheaper than the branded Tylan product sold as Angel's Eyes.

Angel's Eyes is a low dose antibiotic product that is first given daily and then once the stains are cleared up given intermittently on a maintenance schedule - it is not intended to be dosed on a daily/forever basis.

Most veterinarians will not hesitate to recommend this product as the antibiotic dose is very low, however those who have concerns over long term antibiotic use for cosmetic purposes [tear stains do not hurt the dog, but many find them unsightly] may wish to consider exploring other alternatives, ie ACV in the water, Ted's alkalizing remedies, changing diet to a brand with no coloring agents, or washing the eyes and face daily."


04/01/2011: Tamara from Des Plaines, Il: "Hi, I got 2 kittens in October with eye infection, since then I've tried a bunch of remedies, and finally their eyes are cured. I've tried black tea, green tea, chamomile and other herbal teas, vinegar rubbed into fur, coconut oil, prescription antibiotic ointment rubbed under cats' eyes, and even prescription eye drops.

None of these remedies have worked until I tried this routine: 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in a half cup of water, with this mixture wipe up the eyes cats with separate cotton balls and then add regular off-the-counter lubricant eye drop. The most important thing repeat this procedure every 2 hours for 2 weeks (except night time of course)! I did it 3 times a day for 5 months and it didn't work! Good luck! Thanks everyone for their posts. Remember, by everytime posting the remedy, you run a chance to make a difference in someone's life."

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[YEA]  06/20/2011: Sonya from Melbourne, Fl, Usa replies: "I've used this remedy twice now to cure "Pink Eye" in my Jack Russell Terrier. I soak a cotton ball with ACV (I use organic) and put it on the back of her neck. I try to hold it there for 5-10 minutes. I do this once or twice and always it goes away within an hour. It has saved me quite a bit in vet bills and my dog the aggravation of applying gooey stuff to her eye for a week or more. Highly recommended!"
06/24/2011: Shouston303 from Rincon, Ga, Usa replies: "so I just simply have to rub the Apple Cider Vinegar on the back of his neck and I should see results..... Should I rub some acv/mixed with water on his eye or should I flush them with eye drops.... Thanks for ur help"
[YEA]  08/04/2011: Lldsmitty from Addison, Pa replies: "ACV for Eyes: I have a dog and 4 kittens that all came down with eye infections at the same time. My vet bills lately have been out of this world. Also, I live in the mountains so you have to travel quite a distance to get to the vets, then they charge a fortune because they are the only ones around. Anyway, I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar on the nap of the neck and to my joyus surprise the dogs eyes were cleared up the next day and the kittens were markdly improved and I believe within a day or two they should be good as new. Thanks for the tip and my pets thank you tooooo!"
[YEA]  10/04/2011: Chichiritad from Boston, Ma, Usa replies: "Hi I used Apple Cider Vinegar on the back of my kitty's neck after I saw greenish/yellow eye boogies on one eye. I first wiped her eye with a warm wash cloth and then applied 1/2 water and half Apple Cider Vinegar solution with cotton ball on the back of her neck. Her eye discharged just a tiny bit a couple more times that nite and each time I wiped it clean. In the morning there was just a little brown eye speck and I repeated the procedure today. Looks like her eyes are getting better in just 24 hrs!!!! YAY"
[YEA]  11/05/2011: Lexi from Melbourne, Australia replies: "I've also had amazing results using Apple Cider Vinegar to treat my dog's eye infection! Last week my chow x Samoyed had green goop leaking out of his left eye so I swabbed it with a very weak salt and water solution directly around the eye. I then went on earth clinic and read everybody's results using the vinegar and decided to give it a try. On the first day I applied a dilution to the back of his neck about three times and kept cleaning his eye with the saline. The next day there was significantly less muck coming from his eye but it was still a bit red. He was also trying to scratch it now so I applied the vinegar to his paws also. On the third day he was back to normal! The white of his eye is clear again and there's a normal amount of dark eye discharge!! I could tell he felt better as soon as I got up in the morning, as he was happy and wanting to play again! Thanks so much everyone, this has saved me a huge amount in vet bills, and also saved us from using antibiotics for small ailments which I think is unnecessary in pets and humans!"


[YEA]  03/31/2011: Chrissy from Auckland, Nz: "I tested the ACV for conjunctivitis on our 6 year old cat Marmite who had chronic conjunctivitis relating to cat flu. It worked amazingly fast and well, it took about 4 days applying it twice sometimes 3 times a day. I didn't do anything else other than the ACV and sometimes washing out her eyes with a saline mix.

Then our 11 year old cat Molly developed acute conjunctivitis last week - emergency vet visit last weekend - her eye looked like it had a ping pong ball under it so I didn't want to take any chances. The vet gave her 2 antibiotic injections and an anti-inflammatory injection and ointment. That brought the heavy swelling down - but her eyes were still watery the past week and she was waking up with them shut and sticky but I thought, the antibiotics must still be working and it would take time. 2 nights ago I noticed the other eye starting to really swell up large - and not wanting it to get to the size of the other one, I quickly swabbed her neck and back with ACV and overnight her eye came right down in size - the same speed as all the vet medication. I've been swabbing her about 6 times a day and it's nearly back to its normal size today after about 3 days.

Another cat Tilly always has one runny eye so last night I swabbed her too and this morning her eye looked clear for the first time in ages. I think this is an excellent remedy if the condition is mild, but I do think vet help and a second opinion is needed if the condition looked as serious as Molly's - it'd be terrible to risk an animal losing an eye. I don't know how this remedy works but definitely absolutely worth a try! I didn't use organic ACV but I will get some today in case it works even better than the ordinary kind."

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06/28/2011: Carol from Blandburg, Pa replies: "You swabbed her neck and back? How does that help the eyes?"


03/26/2011: Julie from Central Coast, Nsw Australia: "Thank you all for your advice, I have a Cocker Spaniel who has had pink eye / discharge 2 times in the last 2 months. Like the rest of you I can't afford the vet bills so I have decided to try this. Luckily for me my son had bought some at a Chinese market so have mixed equal parts with water and soaked the back of her neck. Will let you know how it works."

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06/24/2011: Shouston303 from Rincon, Ga, Usa replies: "how did it work?"


[YEA]  11/30/2010: Ladykalaveras Loves Bruno from Pacoima, California: "I'm ever so grateful for this site and all the people who take time into contributing their remedies. Thank u so much!!! A couple of days ago my dog Bruno and I went hiking and although it wasn't his first time there and was familiar with the environment something went wrong because once we got home I noticed he kept rubbing his eye it was red swollen and kept tearing with some whitish funky stuff in the corner of his eye. I didn't make a fuss at first and thought it was a simple scratch but later his eye would'nt fully open and that's when I started to panic. My parent put regular eye drops for redness relief but it didn't seem to make a difference.

Make the long story short I was freaking out because nothing like that has ever happened to any of my dogs and the vet was closed so remembering that this site has a pet section I right away researched and found a lot of helpful things many were suggesting ACV mixed with water and rubbing it in the back of their necks do when they bathe themselves the ACV will do its magic. I have faith in ACV in use for many things so I right away went to grab my bottle but since the vinegar has a strong smell my dog didn't like it so my mom suggested to put a chamomile tea bag over his eye not rubbing it but sort of patting it softly over his eye. Not only did I save myself a nice vet bill but if your dogs or cats don't like the smell of vinegar I suggest placing the tea bag over his eye every other hour and with the water from the tea soak a warm cloth into the tea and use that to kinda clean all the eye buggers that they produce. And plus they seem to love the smell of chamomile."


[YEA]  10/07/2010: Kelly from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin: "I didn't think apple cider vinegar would do it, but I had a bottle in the pantry and figured it was worth a try. It's just the regular stuff, I won't pay extra for organic anything. My cat's eye had been runny for a few days and yesterday it looked somewhat swollen and crusty. I soaked a cotton ball with the vinegar and dabbed it on the scruff of his neck while he was sleeping and then I was off to work. When I woke up this morning I was being pestered by said cat, which he hadn't been doing for several days. His eye was wide open and looked so much better. He seems like he feels better too. If his eye flares up again (it usually happens a couple times a year)the first thing I'll do is dab him with the vinegar again."

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10/19/2010: Silvia from Pembroke Pines, Fl, Usa replies: "I have regular apple cider vinegar, will it still work even though it isn't organic? Thanks!"
12/25/2010: Chaplain2b from Smithfield, Va/usa replies: "Emmanuel is my therapeutic animal, he is mainecoon, approx. 5 yrs. All of his shots are up to date and he is neutered as required for rescue adoption. He is nationally certified. Long story short, we were surprisingly snowed in with my wheelchair last week. I kept him as dry and warm as possible in his carrier. A week later Christmas day, he has what appears to be conjunctivitis in his right eye. He is a Whiskas cat... He won't eat anything else. I keep Temptations treats and Whiskas fish foil dinners for traveling and convalescence. He normally eats 1 c. Dry at 12 lbs weight daily

After reading all of your helpful comments I decided to use the following:

I use hypoallergenic baby wipes with approx 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar. I wipe them on the back of his neck and his paws. I plan to repeat this twice daily. I also gave him 1 tsp of cider in his foil dinners twice daily. I use a small amount of triple antibiotic cream and swab it under his eye with my finger daily, being careful not get it in his eye. I will report how he is taking to his treatment plan. Thanks for all of the helpful information."
08/10/2011: Marina from Mcallen, Texas replies: "Kelly I have a Corgi and she has really bad skin irritation and has scratched so much that her eye is swollen. My question to you is you just rub the ACV on the eyelid or where. I wonder because doesnt it burn?"






 



 

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