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Conjunctivitis Remedies for Dogs and Cats

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.

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Remedies for Conjunctivitis

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Antibiotic Ointment22012-12-14
Apple Cider Vinegar592015-08-30
Apple Cider Vinegar, Colloidal Silver12014-09-18
Baby Shampoo12006-09-15
Balsamic Vinegar12009-12-27
Chamomile Tea and Lavender Oil12007-09-07
Coconut Oil12011-10-14
Colloidal Silver32012-08-17
Cooled Boiled Water12009-06-01
Corn- Free Food12011-06-06
Dietary Changes12010-12-26
Essiac Tea12006-12-31
Eye Disease12012-05-17
General Feedback12011-09-06
Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned12008-11-03
Goldenseal Root Powder22008-08-09
Herbal Eye Wash12013-05-13
Multiple Remedies12015-11-18
Rosemary and Tea Tree Oils, Apple Cider Vinegar12010-01-08
Saline Solution22009-06-26
Treatment Protocol12014-12-28

Antibiotic Ointment  
6 User Reviews | 2 YEA

Posted by Mgew (Austin, Texas, United States) on 12/14/2012

[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.

Posted by Lisa (Wichita Falls, Texas) on 05/31/2010

[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.

Replied by Wizzlet
Somerville, Mass

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.
Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa

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.

Replied by Jacki

I take my dog with me everywhere but I NEVER leave him in the car without the car running and the AC on and NEVER for more than a few minutes. There are many places where you can eat and sit outside with your dog right beside you and I prefer that to anything else. That being said, there are times when you have your dog with you and you have to leave your dog unattended momentarily. I wanted to mention that awareness is great and I absolutely agree that it is unforgivable to leave your pet in a hot car, BUT some people are very judgmental about how others care for their pets and it can be just ridiculous at times. I once was out riding around with my dog and decided to stop at a beer/wine store that was in a strip mall and I parked directly in front of the store, left the car running with the AC on, ran into the store and had to leave the store after less than 5 minutes because there was a woman trying to get into my car to free my dog. I could see her because I was in the store not 10 feet from my car. There was no way of mistaking the fact that the car was running with the AC on - she knew that she just simply didnt think my dog should be left alone in the car. Some people really are taking the "awareness" of leaving animals in cars too far and others continue to just leave their dogs in hot cars. For me, there is a difference between leaving your dog in an hot car with no ventilation and leaving your dog in an air-conditioned car in the shade. I would NEVER leave my dog in a crate for 8 hours either by the way...but people do that all of the time and it is considered "acceptable" to many of the same people who judge others for the way they raise their pets.
Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

Good on you Jacki, you like myself never leave my dogs on their own, they are under my watchful eye at all times.

15 User Reviews | 2 YEA | 1 NAY

Posted by Faith77fairfield (Waterloo, New York, USA) on 08/28/2009

[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.

Replied by Allison
Houston, Tx

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.
Replied by Brandy
Gautier, Ms

Re: What is Antibiotic Dose for Kitten?. Please tell me how much this cat weighed?? I have a kitten who is about 8 weeks... I m desperate
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Brandy!

What antibiotic are you trying to give your kitten? Amoxycillin comes in different sized capsules - what size capsule do you have?

Replied by Shanda

Does it have to be apple cider vinegar or will any others work. I live in spain and don't know if I can find that type. Thanks
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Shanda!

It needs to be apple cider vinegar.

You should be able to purchase cider vinegar in spain - this should not be rare in your country. You want an organic one, that is raw and not pasturized, with the living cultures in it -aka 'with the mother' culture.

Replied by Mike
California, US

My dog had two very red eyes and green stuff coming out of them. She is 5 and never had anything like that before. I tried the antibiotic lotion under her eyes and that did not seem to fix it.

We had some expired amoxicillin 500 mgs. I broke them in two and gave her one a day for 6 days and the infection is totally gone. Just to say hello to my local vet costs me 80.00 so I try to avoid that unless it is something serious.

I have used left over antibiotics for years on my cats and dogs and never had a problem.
(only a few times in 10 years). But if you research it you find out it is the same stuff you pay through the nose for at the vets.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc, Canada

Mike (California, US) ---

That's right. There are pharmacies that have sections for animals and pets. There one can get advice. Many items that would cost $$$$ over at the vets.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Jp

[YEA]   Check with your health insurance company, sometimes pets are included or can be added.

Make it easy for yourself a little each month, having a pet is a huge responsibility. These people who just put a pet down because they can't afford one makes me kinda violent inside. I would love to teach them a lesson haha okay I am a nice guy until I'm not.

A family friend told me a while back his vet has credit cards through care credit or credit care, some Doctors and Vet Doctors accept them check it out.

If you are wondering yes my ex left the cat almost a year ago. He stopped eating. 2 vets later he died after surgery; it was just a feeding tube. He wasn't even my cat.

Replied by Jay
Dallas, TX

[NAY]   Stop giving your young small pets so many antibiotics. Start with some plain organic kefir from a health food store. Can be given internally or topical. If that doesn't work. Consult a vet. You can ask vets questions online for like seven dollars.
Replied by Joan

What part of Spain are you in ? Other vinegars do not have the same healing properties that ACV has. I use ACV all the time .... for many things ..

Posted by Racer (Hampton, Tennessee) on 08/12/2009

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

Replied by Faith77fairfield
Waterloo, New York

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.

Replied by Robin
Pickett, Wi

Amoxicillin & Penicillin 250 & 500 mg are the same no matter what they are for. Fish, Cats, Dogs, Etc.
Replied by Sandra

You can buy Terramycin Eye Ointment at Drs. Foster & Smith Pet Supply online. This is an antibiotic eye ointment that will get rid of conjunctivitis after a few doses. Its the same thing the vets use and it only costs $15.99. I have used this for years and am very pleased with it.

Apple Cider Vinegar  
134 User Reviews | 62 YEA | 4 NAY | 2 BETTER BUT NOT CURED | 1 WARNING!

Posted by Anita (South) on 08/30/2015

[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.

Posted by Jaide (Brisbane, Queensland) on 06/19/2015

[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.

Replied by Steph
Coventry, United Kingdom

Hi, I have a 8 yr old Staffordshire Bull Terrier and I was just wondering if the Apple Cider Vinegar really works, both her eyes are shut and her third eyelid is up in both eyes and is discharging green gunk in both eyes.

I'm getting rid of the green gunk and soaking her eyes and is also treating it with tea bags every 3 - 4 hours and I also had put apple Cider Vinegar on her shoulders and back of her neck not long ago and will be putting it back on when its bed time in the same spot. I'm getting really worried because she can't see very well and is less energetic then usually and is shaking a lot more but her appetite is the sameish. Will this work?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Steph -is there a reason you have not taken your dog to the vet? I understand in the UK a vet cannot refuse you service if you are unable to pay immediately. Your dog sounds as if she is suffering: this does not sound like a simple eye infection - please take your dog to the vet. Then report back and see if there is a remedy that applies once she has been stabilized.

Posted by Thrinny (Caldwell, Nj) on 05/16/2015

[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.

Posted by Nbk8a6v (Atascadero, Ca) on 07/05/2014

[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.

Replied by Michelle

Hi, I have the same problem with my dog and the same thing happened to me with the eye drops prescribed to me by the vet! So I'm going to try the ACV but did you put it directly inside the eye or around? Thanks!
Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Hello, Michelle --- for conjunctivitis the best remedy is colloidal silver. I personally would not use apple cider vinegar although some people use ACV.

In fact CS is THE remedy for eyes and kills viral infections. Chamomile tea is also excellent.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Kym Sheridan
Port Douglas Qld Australia

My dog has conjunctivitis and am interested how you would apply the colloidal silver, in the gel or liquid form?
Replied by Sherry

Do you use the colloidal silver topically on the eyes or internally? If you give it internally, how much do you use?
Replied by Sue
St. Jospeh, Mi

I found the post on Earth Clinic that stated not to use too much colloidal silver in the eyes...

Replied by DaveFountain Inn, Sc0 01/14/2014

Mike from UK re Pink Eye, Hello, and I too have used Colloidal Silver on conjunctivitis .... pink eye. That virus is a killer to get rid of but for the past 15 years when I first read it would work I've used it to quickly get rid of the infection. I use two drops of CS in each eye twice a day for two days. I was told by an ophthalmologist who was a professor of ophthalmology not to use the CS beyond 2 days because the CS could take off the cells of the eyeball. dt

Posted by Tracy (Jacksonville, Fl) on 06/25/2014

[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.

Posted by Jessgib31 (Maryville,tn) on 02/01/2014

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

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

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!

Posted by Colleen (North Vancouver British Columbia Canada) on 11/13/2013

[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.

Replied by Ish
Sao Paulo, Brazil

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.
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

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:

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada

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
Replied by Carolroars
Cupertio, Ca

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.

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada

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

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

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."

Replied by Marnie

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?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

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:

And also more info here:

Posted by Dtiffer (San Antonio, Tx) on 09/12/2013

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 :)

Posted by Violetto (Atlanta, Ga, United States) on 06/29/2012

[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):

  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.

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!

Replied by Glo
Ormond Beach, Fl

Why do you put the vinegar and water on the back of the neck of the cat or dog for an eye problem?
Replied by Angela
Cary, Nc

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!

Posted by Stephanie (Atlanta, Ga) on 11/15/2011

I'm confused, why do you put ACV on the scruff of cats neck for eye infection ? Is it absorbed through skin?

Replied by Arlyn
Nahant, Ma

[YEA]   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.

Replied by Caroline
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

[YEA]   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? :>)

Posted by Riva (Mogadore, Oh) on 08/06/2011

[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.

Replied by Sharon
Wesley Chapel, Fl

[YEA]   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.
Replied by Ashley
Dunfermline, Fife

Where did you get the cat antibotics without going to vets? My cat has conjunctivits and can't afford vet bill.
Replied by Catlover
Lafayette, Indiana

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!!
Replied by Faith77fairfield
Waterloo, New York

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.
Replied by Joyeux
Denver, Co

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?
Replied by Twinkiedooter
Wooster Ohio

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.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

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.