Last Modified on Dec 16, 2015
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.
Remedies for Conjunctivitis
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[YEA] 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.
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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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[YEA] 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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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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[YEA] I had a kitten with an eye infection and I knew that vinegar was the solution, based on my experience with other animals (chickens, cows, etc), but I also knew that cats won't drink vinegar. I tried putting some vinegar mixed in with canned cat food, and they refused it. So I read on this website to put it on their back. I did that, and her eye got much better. Then I figured out that to make it easier to apply, just dip her foot in it. I put 1 to 1 vinegar and water in a little jar and dipped her feet in it. It's well known that feet are super absorbent. Thankfully, the kittens eye is much better today. I tried several remedies that didn't work and it had gotten bad, so it took a few days to get better.
[YEA] After reading this site I tried the apple cider vinegar in my 9 month old kitten, as one of he his eyes was inflamed with some discharge and he was squinting. I too was skeptical. I put some on his shoulder/neck at 6pm and again before bed. No noticeable improvement. Woke up this morning and his eye looks bright as a button!!! I've has put some more Apple Cider Vinegar on his neck today- he is busily licking himself clean! I'm not sure how it works but it seems to have worked for him :) thank you so much!
EC: Hi Jaide,
Thank you for the feedback! You may already be doing this, but we wanted to note to others that ACV should always be diluted with water before applying topically on a pet or given internally. 1:1 is what our frequent contributors typically recommend.
Undiluted ACV can otherwise burn the skin and cause considerable pain.
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[YEA] So I stumbled upon this site searching for a cure for conjunctivitis for my 5 yr old cat, Milo. After reading all the posts about Apple Cider Vinegar and how it worked for so many others, I had to give it a try. I mixed 1 tablespoon of ACV and 1 tablespoon of water and soaked a cotton ball with it. Put it on the back of her neck, in between her shoulder blades, and when we got up this morning she was 99% better. I was blown away with how quickly it worked. I will do another dose today just to be on the safe side. This certainly saved me $$ for not having to go to the vet. Plus Milo is not a fan of going in the carrying crate, so less frustration on both our parts.
I saved this site to my favorites for future ailments.
[YEA] My 7 yr old doberman has conjunctivitis; not sure how he got it but its in the left eye, which swelled up on top to the size of a golf ball. When I opened the swollen lids, the inner tissue appeared to be swollen, but no redness on the whites of his eyes. Flushed his eye with saline solution and took him to the vet. Vet poked around and used ultraviolet light to determine no corneal trauma and no foreign object. She prescribed eyedrops. Basically, its neomycin and polymyxin--the same stuff in generic antobiotic ointment you can get at Target or Walmart for $3. So I used the $35 eyedrops religiously for a week and the swelling and discharge went away.
But less than a week later, the swelling and discharge came back. I clean my boy's face everyday with babywipes and now I flush his eyes with sterile saline solution, so whatever foreign object might have irritated his eye to begin with was not an issue the second time his eye swelled up. Hmmm.
This time tried Refrigerated organic ACV on a cotton ball, saturated the back of his neck and wiped his eye. He seemed to like the cool sensation on his eye. Plus put a little generic antiobiotic gel on the corners of his eye. Swelling went away in less than 24 hours. I will keep this up for a week just to make sure it doesn't come back.
I know vets mean well but in today's grim economy why stick it to people with expensive pharma when there are inexpensive home remedies that are just as if not more effective. I have three dogs and three cats and I would have more if I could afford them. Maybe I could if vets would stop purchasing their vacation homes with unnecessary scripts for our furkids. Yeah, that sounds rather cynical but I have paid my share of unnecessary vet expenses over the years and finally wised up. Its great that we love our furkids, people, but please do your research first before making a vet appt. So much stuff is unnecessary if not downright harmful for your pet but most vets don't care, they just want your money. This website is a great start.
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[YEA] My poor cat Irma developed a weepy eye, and once it affected her other eye too, I knew it was conjunctivitis. Looking for a home made remedy I found Earth Clinic. It took a few days, but rubbing a solution of half ACV and half H2O with a cotton ball between her shoulder blades 3 to 4 times a day had her clear eyed and back to her old self within a week! I kept up the process for an extra day, just to be on the safe side, but she didn't need it. Hurray for Irma! And thank you to all the contributors that convinced me to give it a try.
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
[YEA] 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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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] 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.
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.
This is how I saw immediate change (no red/gunk/ooze):
- Cleaned around the eyes with a solution of 3 parts ACV 10 parts water with cotton pads.
- 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! :)
- 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.
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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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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[NAY] 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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