Jul 20, 2016
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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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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Posted by Faith77fairfield (Waterloo, New York, USA) on 08/28/2009
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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Apple cider vinegar is Earth Clinic's most popular home remedy for conjunctivitis (eye infection) in pets. Our readers have used this remedy for their dogs and cats. Many have been astonished that something so simple and inexpensive cured their pet's eye infection so quickly.
Posted by Candice (Mesquite, Texas) on 09/18/2014
I was able to heal my cat's pink eye, but he had an underlying respiratory infection that needed Vet attention. Story as follows:
Over the weekend, I realized that my 6 year old cat was not feeling well. He had just endured a move a couple of weeks prior which really stressed him out, but I noticed that he was squinting and winking his left eye a lot. By Monday morning it was swollen and had yellow discharge running from the corner. I knew I couldn't get him to the vet until the end of the week, so I searched for at-home-remedies. That's when I came across the apple cider vinegar remedy. I used this in conjunction with colloidal silver to heal his eye. This is what I did:
I bought a $5 bottle of organic apple cider vinegar from the grocery store. In a small container I mixed 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 1 tablespoon of water. I put 3 cottonballs into the solution which absorbed it all. My cat has dense, thick, long hair - so, I parted the hair at the nape of his neck as much as I could and squeezed the solution from the cottonball onto the area. I used my fingers to really work it into his skin and saturate the hair there. After squeezing the majority of the solution from the third cottonball, I took it and wiped over his bad eye making sure to remove all of the gunk build-up.
Next, I got a small bowl and mixed the same solution: 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon of water. I sat this in my bathroom sink so I wouldn't make a huge mess. I picked up my cat and saturated each foot with the solution. He did NOT like this, but I was able to get it done without too much struggle. He would then run away and lick it all off of his paws.
I did these apple cider vinegar treatments twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed starting Monday morning and ending today, which is the following Thursday.
I also have a bottle of 10ppm colloidal silver (the cost was about $12 for a 2 ounce bottle at the local health food store) that I used. I remembered colloidal silver giving me relief years ago when I had viral pink eye in both of my eyes, so after doing some research and seeing that it was safe to use on my cat - I began dropping 1-2 drops into his bad eye a couple of times a day in between the apple cider vinegar treatments.
It took a while, in fact, it wasn't until Wednesday evening that his eye started to look better. However, I knew that something just wasn't right with my baby. He was incredibly lethargic and only drank minimal amounts of water and refused to eat. I called the vet and made the appointment, the main reason being for his eye although it looked to have improved by at least 85%. When the vet saw him, she said she wasn't worried about his pink-eye, that it seemed to be healing and didn't even need any ointment. She just wanted me to continue keeping it clean. She took a rectal temp as well and it was 105 degrees. She said that a normal temperature for a cat is 101. It worried her that his pink eye was nearly healed and he still had a pretty high fever. She deduced that he had an upper respiratory infection. She gave him fluids and antibiotics so hopefully he will be on the mend soon.
I wanted to write this to let people know that the apple cider vinegar and colloidal silver method really do work wonders for pink eye, but to be careful and pay close attention to your cat because he may have more than one problem going on that the at-home-remedy isn't solving.
Posted by DJ (London, ON) on 09/15/2006
Washing the eyelid and conjunctivitus area with warm water and baby shampoo significantly cleared up the conjunctivitis. I didn't wait to see if washing the affected eye with baby shampoo cured the conjunctivites and pink eye, however I did notice that the affected eye was significantly better by the time I was able to get my dog into the vet's office two days later. I simply wet a face cloth with warm water and applied some baby shampoo, using the running water to foam up the shampoo, and then cleaned the eye lids and as close to the conjunctiva as I could. I reapeated this every couple of hours throughout the day. The weeping was significantly diminished. I also noticed that the next morning the eye seemed to have improved and was weeping considerably less than the morning before. She also stoped rubbing her face, and appeared to be more comfortable. I still saught anti-biotic medication from the vet to properily cure the problem.
Posted by Amy (Madison, Wi, Usa) on 12/27/2009
I decided to try some vinegar on my English Cocker Spaniel. He has a horrible problem with Conjuctivitis. He is always rubbing and scratching his eyes and they matter and he always has crusty stuff on his eyes. I didn't have any ACV so I used Balsamic Vinegar on a cotton ball on the back of his neck, right by his collar and also rubbed a little on the top of his front paws. In one day, his eyes cleared up! They aren't red anymore and I haven't seen him scratch his eyes once! Who would think that vinegar could have such a healing quality on my dogs eyes?!
Posted by raymarie (atlanta, usa) on 09/07/2007
2 week old kittens each had one eye crusted shut. Vet sister, who lives in another state, suspected conjunctivitis (common in newborn kittens). I steeped a chamomile tea bag, let the water cool and added 2 drops lavender essential oil. Soaked a soft cloth and bathed (do not rub) the eye area until the extra crud was removed. I repeated the process 3x per day until it cleared up! Worked awesome!
Posted by Homeremedyfan (Rochester, Ny, Usa) on 10/14/2011
My Cocker Spaniel has suffered with "pink eye" for months and months. We've tried the diluted ACV, chamomile tea, baby shampoo, loratadine tabs and antibiotic ointment. Nothing has helped. She also had a really awful ear infection which did clear up with ACV and a skin condition and smell that has all but disappeared after I read another post on this site about probiotic enzymes and started giving her two a day. I've even taken her off of commercial dog food and make my own for her in case all of these issues started as a food allergy. But the eyes remained a problem so...
I started doing some research on the benefits of organic, extra virgin coconut oil and learned that it contains lauric acid which is antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral. Thankfully, I had some on hand so I melted a little in the palm of my hand and carefully rubbed a bit of the melted oil into each eye. I've done this every day, only once a day (I leave early in the morning otherwise it would be twice) for about a week and guess what? Her eyes are improved SO much! Not perfect, mind you, but her eyes are not crusty, not nearly as red and she doesn't have the goop anymore. She actually looks like a normal dog now! I'm very happy with the results of EV coconut oil!
Posted by Stephanie (Antelope, Ca, USA) on 08/17/2012
We have two pugs one of which had sever conjuctivitis after a trip to the park. The poor thing had white creamy drainage from his eye and and one point could harldy open his eye. We are against antibiotics on less they are truly needed. We used a combinatin of ACV and colloidal silver. We wiped his eye with ACV on a cotton ball and then flushed his eye with colloidal silver using an eye dropper twice daily. We also cleaned his paw with ACV due to him rubbing his eye with his paw. He showed improvments in a day or two and by a week the infection was gone.
Posted by Diane (Uniontown, Pa) on 08/02/2009
I starting using colloidal silver for pinkeye for our cats several years ago. It only takes a drop or two in the eye a couple of times, (not a day, just a couple of times total) and poof! the pinkeye will be gone. It's not any more painful than a drop of water would be. Also works great for humans! Just costs a fraction of what you would pay at the vet or doctor, plus you don't need to pay for a prescription.Replied by Ashley
Posted by Julie (Hancock Park, IL) on 01/02/2009
Colloidial Silver is an awesome remedy for virtually any bacterial infection; internal or external. I have cured my dog's eye and ear irritations (and my pink eye) with a couple drops, the results were immediate. It comes in drops or spray and I have both. I spray my dog's cuts, sores, rashes and teeth because it does not sting. Antibiotics are inferior to Colloidial Silver, which was commonly used before antibiotics were popularized. It is found at health food and Meijer stores and is inexpensive for its many possible uses. Research it; you'll be glad you did.Replied by Katelyn
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Posted by CandyPaps (Merseyside, UK) on 06/01/2009
Home Remedy for Cats? Ordinary Cooled Boiled Water!
Our poor 9yr old Daisy has suffered with feline conjuctivitus since she was a kitten, our vet said when she was 2yrs old that if she gets any more she will be blind, every year twice a year she gets glue eye and severe reddening of the lids. She also suffers with heyfever. And every year i use ordinary cooled boiled water with 4 balls of cotton wool for each eye, each ball soaked generously in the water and i wipe her eyes 4 times a day for 5 days. I do not leave the eye wet but slightly damp after dabbing with a soft cotton cloth.
The water i use is boiled from the kettle and placed in a jug to cool in the fridge, then i put the same water back into the kettle, boil it again and pour some into a clean dish to cool. the remainder of the water i tip away.
7 years later after vets saying she will be blind and offers of expensive ointments (which i continued to turn down) she is still going strong and has 20/20 vision! Our Daisy is a Pure white persian cross with very slight tortoishell markings on her head and tail and would be an extreme shame if she ended up blind. After all, pets are there for care and attention!
Posted by Sally (Baton Rouge, La.) on 06/06/2011
I fought conjunctivitus for 3 cats for about a year with eye sav and Lysine orally. I found that feeding them corn free food has cleared it up. I don't know why the vets never suggested it. They said (told by 3 vets) that they would always have it, that there was no cure!Replied by Joan
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Posted by Cheryl (Richmond, Va) on 12/26/2010
My cat suffered with chronic conjunctivitis for many months. I felt so helpless. The ointment worked temporarily, clearing the eyes for only three or four days out of the month. I tried vinegar, removed all of the carpets from my home, cleaned my hardwood floors daily and made countless trips to the vet with no long lasting solutions. FINALLY I FOUND THE CULPRIT. Through trial and error, and changing my cats diet, I realized she was allergic to Meow Mix Seafood Medley cat food! I changed brands and she has not had a problem since. That was over 3 months ago and she has been happy and playing since then! What a relief!