Conjunctivitis Remedies

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Approval Ratings
YEA (57)
NAY (4)

09/20/2010: Kit from Salem, Va, Usa: "Some people ask why put apple cider vinegar on the neck. My guess in putting ACV is too strong directly in the eye, so when cats clean themselves, you notice they rub their front leg/foot starting at the back of the neck and over their head, face, and eyes. This dried ACV flaking onto their eye and face must be enough to cure, but not too strong for their eye."

[YEA]  08/31/2010: Namooni1974 from Portland , Oregon, Usa: "YEA for Apple Cider Vinegar and feline conjunctivitis. My neighbors cat came down with a nasty case of conjunctivitis in both eyes while I was watching him. I checked with this site and found this remedy. I applied a solution of 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar/1 tbsp water to the back of his neck, saturating his fur, then washed his face with a washcloth and warm water. By morning his eyes were clear. I applied it again that morning just to be on the safe side and now a week later his eyes are doing just fine. Thank you everyone who posted here from me and my neighbor!"


[YEA]  05/31/2010: Ebynum415 from Winter Garden, Fl, Usa: "Kitten with Conjunctivitis

My 8 week old kitten was suffering from very severe conjunctivitis and it had gotten so bad I thought he wasnt going to make it. I brought him to 2 different vets who were giving me the runaround and I needed to help my baby boy feel better before it was too late. My husband was doing some research and we came across this site, he flew out of the room telling me I needed to get some ACV with mother in it immedietly. I honestly thought he was nuts. We rubbed some on the back of his neck, added a capful in his food, dipped his paws in a concentration of 50 percent water and 50 percent ACV and put one part ACV and 3 parts water in his water bowl. By the next morning my kitten was starting to open his eye and eat again. today was his second day with this treatment and he is running around like he never got sick and we are able to see part of his eye again. We are going to be doing this treatment for about another week or so and hopefully he will return back to normal. We also used a saline solution 1 cup of water and 1/4 teaspoon of salt on his eye 3 times a day and he loves it. I feel like this site has been a true blessing to me and my kitty."

06/01/2010: Lisa from Wichita Falls, Texas replies: "You can also use antibiotic ointment for the eyes. Not in the eyes! You just rub some in the fur just under the eyes 3 times a day until the eyes clear up. I did this for a recue kitty 3 years ago(I still have him). I was using a warm wet cloth several times a day and it helped but not cured. Someone who worked in a no kill shelter told me about the ointment. It worked. In a week, the little eyes were clear and beautiful blue!!"
03/01/2011: Mickey from St Albans, Vt replies: "Ok so this is my first time here and I ran across it looking for a cure for eye infection in my yorkie. I just tried 1 tbsp of water to 1tbsp of ACV. I am hoping to see a difference in his eyes tomorrow. I had brought him to the vet and she said his sister probably bit him because it looked like a bite. I explained it started as a little pimple loking bump then it got a tiny hole in the top but she wrote it off as a bite. The next day after doing the twice daily hotpacking and anitbiotic on his eye followed by oral antibiotics I noticed his other eye looked goopy too. Now if it was a bite it wouldn't spread and it looks like my nephews eye when he got eye infection but I have decided to keep using the antibiotics and eye packs and tonight just tried the ACV. Hopefully my bright eyed bushy tailed little man comes back to normal soon. I hate seeing him like this.

Mickey & Spike"
06/26/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Usa replies: "Mickey; As it was stated in previous messages it isn't all too good to use antibiotics on animals too often, but if so you should use a probiotic which is non-fat-plain yogurt, it's some-thing all animals love especially on hot summer days, but also helps to support the immune system. Good luck"
[YEA]  08/29/2011: Hamlet from Toronto, Canada replies: "One of my dogs came down with conj. as well, believing it started as a reaction to pesticides sprayed by a professional company to eradicate a flea infestation that came into my residence courtesy the neighbor's pets who are not flea-treated (note: yes, my dogs are flea-treated via vet Rx, and I will be speaking to said vet about it as that shouldn't have happened, right?).

In any event, I've 3 dogs, 2 JRTs which are fine but were sneezing for a bit after the pesticide treatment, with my Chow being even more sensitive--not only sneezing but also developing red eye, which has since developed into Conj. (irritated red eyes which he pawed at (itch), followed by tearing and soon a mucous discharge in both eyes). As this occurred over the weekend, I irrigated the eyes by flushing thoroughly with water, wiping the area clean with cotton pads soaked in a warm saline solution which seemed to bring my guy some relief. I continued this regimen overnight (about 12 hours), contacting the emergency vet by phone to explain what happened, and to check whether it was safe to use an antibiotic eye wash. They said "no" and suggested I bring him in immediately, saying it was likely a corneal ulceration and if so that antibiotic drops or creams would worsen the condition. This theory/diagnosis did not make sense to me, but I held off from using the wash/ointments just in case.

However, so far as both eyes (not just one) are affected and seem to be improving with simple irrigation and saline washes (which I was told can't hurt in any event), I also held off from rushing to emerg, believing it to be conj. (irritation/allergies and/or bacterial); obviously, to be confirmed by his regular vet on opening which I thought we could wait for, with emerg always being an option if needed.

That said, I've continued with the saline solution every couple of hours or so, it now being almost 48 hours since I first started the saline, and his eyes have continued to show improvement. Namely, they're no longer seriously bloodshot, nor seemingly itchy as he's no longer pawing at them (that said, I put an inflatable collar around his neck on starting his at-home treatment as a precautionary measure to prevent him from pawing/scratching at his eyes, which could just as easily explain that). He is otherwise in great health, acting normally and his eyes do not appear to be light sensitive either, such that I believe it's resolving on its own, with help from the irrigation and saline wash, and will continue to monitor him.

As such, I don't see any reason at this moment to take him to the vet, at least not at this time, thanks to this simple regimen (thanks). Should his condition change, I. E. , if I fail to see continued improvement or, should his condition take a turn and worsen, then off to the vet he shall go and I will report back. Otherwise, so far so good, and thanks also for giving me comfort. Cheers."

[YEA]  05/27/2010: Health Nut from Los Angeles, California: "ACV for Doggy Conjunctivitis

Unbelievable! If I didn't see it for myself I wouldn't have believed it. My little Yorkie got an eye infection which caused a whitish discharge and created these big boogers in his eyes for about 3 days. It wasn't 'til the 4th day when he woke up almost unable to open one of his eyes, I decided to get on my favorite website for natural cures (Earth Clinic) for a solution. Everyone raved about ACV and so I decided to try it. I followed most peoples instructions and since my Yorkie is so small I just mixed 1 Tbl. water with 1 Tbl. AVC and rubbed in on the back of his neck. The very same day it seemed it have been disappearing and by the morning it was completely gone. He woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed and I was amazed at how well it worked. This sure beats going to the vet for some eye drops which would cost me a nice little penny. Thanks to all for the input and thank goodness for this website."

[YEA]  01/06/2011: Jeanette from Victorville, Ca replies: "Thank You so much! My cocker spaniel eye was swollen at the corner & very red & tear dropping. I took him 3 times to the Vet(2)this past year a good vet I might add & spent hundreds upon hundreds of dollars. Yet they couldn't diagnose it & none of the medications worked, which were $35 ea. I went on line to see what it might be & came up with Conjunctivitis. A home remedy was to mix Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with equal parts of water and put on the neck? At this time I would try anything because I couldn't afford to keep going to the vet & didn't want to see my dog suffer any longer it's been a year. I can't BELIEVE how it's working. I been putting it on 3 to 4 times a day on his neck & around his eye for the last 4 days. The swelling in the corner of his eye is down the redness has lightened dramatically. I am going to continue to use it till it is completely gone. I am just so greatful to this website. I had been praying to God for a cure that wouldn't break me & he sent me to earth clinic. Thank you so Much!!!!"
[YEA]  06/01/2011: Magus Trix from Tampa, Florida replies: "Just wanted to thank everyone for their posts. ACV really seems to hav worked for my lil girl Sheba. The first day I tried honey and tea bags for her infected eye with no luck. After finding this site and reading about ACV I'm a true believer. First I cleaned out her eye with a lil warm water to remove all the gunk. Also so she could open the eye. Then I used a tbsp of ACV in about a half cup of water. I applied it all around her neck and the paw she would use to clean the eye about every 2-3 hrs except at night and within a few applications I noticed the difference. By the 2nd morning I no longer needed to clean her eye out as much as the gunk build up went away and I was able to see her pretty eyes again. Now the swelling has gone down drastically. I'm gonna keep doing this for a 3rd day and hopefully by the end of that she will be back to normal. Thanks again for all the great advice!!!"

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  05/23/2010: Tatiana from Long Island, Ny: "I've all read on the wonderous healings of the Organic Apple Cider Vinegar..and decided to get it with the "mother" on IT!!

Biju is a black bombay/burmese stunning mix at just turned 15yrs old. Shiny,clear yellow-green moon eyes & acts truly like a behaviors too uncanny.

His undereye lining inflamed, and thought, his tear duct was blocked. SO I did the application of ACV to scruff of neck, and diluted with water w ACV under eye..well, the inflamed eyelining GONE! However he still continues to tear with one eye when eating & going to litter box to "push out." I also tried Saline Solution & warm compress.. but he still tears a clear lining dwn to nose. Realizing, internally is the way to go, he ONLY drinks water from the Bathroom tub fawcett. How long does the tear last..and how long with the ACV & Saline Sol... ANYone?!?"

[YEA]  04/24/2010: Sara from Mpls, Mn, Us: "Worked wonders! I used a tbsp of organic ACV and a tbsp of water, mixed and put between her shoulder blades twice daily. After a week her eye is completely healed up."

[YEA]  03/16/2010: Perth_girl_cherie from Perth, Western Australia: "Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) cured my dog's conjunctivitis. I have a four year old dougue de bordeaux who developed conjunctivitis in one eye. Like most others a vet bill looked likely to overwhelm us. I looked at your site, considered the ACV and thought it's six australian dollars what the heck. Now with my dog being almost 65 kilograms I thought the capful recommmended for a little maltese and the like would not suffice. So I administered about half a cup to the back of my dogs neck and rubbed it well in. OK so he smelt like someone had urinated in a pair of old sports shoes, but sure enough with 24 hours, I kid you not, not a sign of conjunctivitis, no discharge, no swelling or redness. Even now two weeks later, no reccurence."

[YEA]  03/10/2010: Laura from Atlanta, Georgia: "Dog: Boxer/lab mix (1 year)

Aliment: Pink Eye/conjunctivitis
Cure: 1/2 apple cider vinegar 1/2 water placed at the back of my dog's neck. (Same location where flea preventative is placed).

It works! I must confess that I was still doubtful, even after reading all of the "yea's". I filled a ear syringe with half ACV and half water and proceeded to squirt past his sleek fur along the back of his neck and rubbed it in. Thirty minutes later, it looked a lot better. So, I decided to wait a few hours before using the rest of the mixture.

I woke up this morning and it was gone!

What a life saver!"

[YEA]  02/08/2010: Mtwist from Sacramento, California: "Organic apple cider vinager for cat's conjuctivitis

I have to tell you I'm absolutely flabbergasted. I got this information about ACV on friday from a friend.

I immediately went the the health food store after work and purchased organic ACV, Went home and got out a couple of Q-tips, dunked them directly into the ACV and rubbed them on the back of my cat's neck. Within a few hours he looked about 70% better, and by the next day, it was completely gone."

02/08/2010: Hope from Sacramento, Ca replies: "M - So very happy that Earthclinic was able to help you! This website is most certainly the cats' meow!"
[YEA]  05/18/2010: Rash from Lebanon, Beirut replies: "I saw this website and I tried the ACV on my 3 month old kitten, she had in infected eye, probably from some plants outside my garden, so I tried it, and here I am now posting my review after 2 hours, her eye is healed, and you took off the burden of a vet and the expenses, thank you for this info, Long Live ACV !!"

[YEA]  12/19/2009: Elbo88 from Miami, Fl, Usa: "My cat's eye started weeping a bit and then quickly went to eye boogers and her holding it shut. I called for a vet appointment but the next available was Monday, 2 days away so until the appointment, I googled cat eye infection and read about ACV treatment. I happened to have some Organic ACV in the house so decided to try it, just a bit on the nape of her neck and a capfull in her water bowl. The next morning her eye was much better. By the time I got back from work, her eye was almost perfect! No weeping at all, nice and clear, and she was no longer holding it shut. She still was blinking it a bit so I reapplied the ACV to her neck this evening but I am amazed at the results. Her eye improved 90% in one night after a single application!"

[YEA]  12/16/2009: Kamilee from Brooklyn, Ny: "ACV for Dog Conjunctivitis

OMG - It really works. My Bichon suffered with eye issues for YEARS. Each vet vist cost nearly $200 for the service plus anitbiotic cream...but the infection would return.

Last night after seeing more of those green eye-boogies with the black crust, I decided to search for a more holistic solution -> EarthClinic lead me to rub a capful of organic ACV to the back of his neck and rub extra virgin coconut oil around his eyes. This morning I was gerated by a bright-eye dog instead of the usual raccoon-masked dog. Thank you EC"

[YEA]  12/06/2009: Islandduffer from Yuma, Az: "I was on this site 2 weeks ago checking out information on Eye Infection in cats. Our 17 year old siamese had an eye infection and I had been using ointment twice a day for 4 days and there was no inprovement. I read about the apple cider vinegar and all the testimonials were very interesting. I went and got a bottle of apple cider vinegar and when I got home I applied a cap full to her neck. Later that evening I applied another capfull to her neck and rubbed it in really well. The next morning at 6:30 her eye was completely open and bright. I was so pleased with the quick success of such a simple fix. I called our sons who also have pets to share the news so if they ever have their pets sick with eye infection to try apple cider vinegar first. Thanks, thanks, thanks. It was nice not to have to spend another $100.00 at the vets."

[YEA]  11/26/2009: Sharon A from Hollywood, Fl: "YESSSS! ACV WORKED ON MY MALTESE! AMAZING!!!!

I rubbed a bit of pure, undiluted B---g's apple cider vinegar on the back of my maltese's neck. He had some light green discharge coming out of one eye yesterday morning. Well, it's GONE this morning. It was about 85% gone as of last night and 100% as of today. Does anyone know HOW it works? It's a miracle for sure."

[NAY]  11/25/2009: Kayla from Grand Rapids, Michigan: "pink eye on my cat

I have tried the apple cider vinegar on the nape of the neck and on the paws, i was just wondering does it make a difference if the ACV isn't organic?? I have heard some people say they use it. does it matter?? So far ive done it for 2 days and nothing really has changed, am i doing something wrong???"

11/29/2009: Jessica from Milwaukie, Oregon replies: "In response to Kayla from Grand Rapids, Michigan: Yes, the use of organic apple cider vinegar verses regular apple cider vinegar makes big difference. I started use regular store bought on myself and animals. It gave a small improvement to our ailments. After reading how much a difference many people had using organic I thought to try it. It was like night and day. Plus organic tastes soo much better. Its the enzymes in the organic i think that makes it better."

[YEA]  11/13/2009: Teri from Nipomo, Ca: "I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have a older Shih Tzu that me and my family love dearly.He got a eye infection in one eye so we took to the Vet.The Vet. charged me $105.00 for the visit and $50.00 for 3 small medications.After applying the meds. for almost two weeks both eyes were infected and he couldn't open them.I came across your article on apple cider vinegar and thought that's not possible. How could putting the acv on his neck help clear up a eye infection? But I had some acv and nothing to lose. It worked in less then 20 minutes. Its unbelievable but it works."

[NAY]  11/18/2009: Tracy from Lancashire, England replies: "Tried the Apple Cider on my cat but unfortunatly it didn't work for him so i rang the vet. I explained that at the moment i couldn't afford the vet fee etc.. Due to the cat being on there listings as having suffered with the infection before they gave me advice over the phone. They recomended a human eye ointment to be used 5 times a day. Chloramhenicol antibiotic 1% either cream or drops. If the infection does not clear using this cream after 5 days then the cat should be taken to the vet as soon as possible. Hope this helps."



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