Last Modified on Feb 23, 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.
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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.
[YEA] 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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