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Conjunctivitis Remedies for Dogs and Cats

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

Posted by Beth (New Haven, Indiana) on 05/28/2009

[YEA]  My poor cat, Riley, has suffered from conjunctivitis for several days. I took a cotton ball and soaked it with ACV (did not dilute) and rubbed it on the back of his neck. Within a hour you could no longer tell he had anything wrong. Thanks so much for this site....God's blessings!

Posted by Yolanda (Sydney, NSW, Australia) on 04/29/2009

[YEA]  English Cocker Spaniel with conjunctivitis. I rubbed a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into the back of her neck at lunch and then dinner. This morning she has beautiful, clear eyes again. First time in quite a while that she hasn't rubbed her face on the carpet. Unbelievable result !!!

Posted by Sunny (Galway, Ireland) on 04/21/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I tried the ACV for cat's conjunctivitis and it worked great! but it just doesn't get rid of it completely. I used Mercsol homeopathic remedy (30 strength) along with it and it kept it in check. I don't know what to do now - what can I add to this regime to get rid of it completely? It has spread to the other eye now after 3 weeks of treatment.

Replied by Martina
Vancouver, Bc, Canada
[YEA]   I tried the organic ACV w/ mother on my cat exactly as prescribed a few times but the infection would return. I finally found another site that mentioned a very dilute borax solution like the kind you find in SOFT contact lens solutions. One drop in each eye and she was cleared up overnight and stayed clear. Whew!

Posted by Stefanie (Atlanta, Georgia) on 03/30/2009

[YEA]  My 7 lb. yorkie had what appears to be conjuctivitis, and I am glad I found this site. I noticed a gooey green goo seeping from her eyes yesterday, and she also had red around her right eye. I think our slightly bigger minature schnauzer may have scratched her because he constantly jumps up to greet us and steps on her.

Carefully cleaning the eye with a warm rag helps to discover if there are any serious issues with the eye. I then bought some apple cider vinegar after reading this site and applied it to the scruff of her neck.

I just poured some on a wet cloth, and then even pored some directly onto her neck to saturate the skin. She has pretty thick hair so I put the washcloth on her back and held it there to soak in.

I'm happy to report that even 30 min. later, the green goo has stopped appearing. I am going to keep checking her, and maybe apply one more time in the morning. So far, so good though. I'm glad this works because I cannot afford to pay $100 at the vet right now just for a check-up and medicine.

Posted by Janice (IC, Iowa) on 03/23/2009

[YEA]  Thank you so much for this site and helpful comments. My siamese had some thick yellow discharge in her eye on a saturday evening. I knew I wouldn't be able to get her into a vet until Monday, so I was going to see if there was something I could try in the meantime. I was fascinated with the ACV comments. I diluted 1 tablespoon of ACV with 2 tablespoons warm water and dropped it onto her neck with a medicene dropper, and massaged it in. She didn't mind at all, and licked some of it off that had dripped down. That very evening her eye looked better, and the next day, it was cleared up completely by late morning! (I gave her another 1 tsp of the mixture that morning). That was it! I am so thankful for this help. It saved me expensive vet bills and a stressful trip to the vet for my cat. thanks again!

Posted by Lynn (Raleigh, NC) on 03/10/2009

Hello Everyone,

I have been searching this site to find out a remedy for my dog's case of pink eye. I have seen some recommendations for putting ACV on the back of his neck but I am wondering how much I need to use and do I need to dilute it? He is a 62lb, chow/australian shepherd mix. Any other suggestions or information would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks! This site is wonderful!

Replied by Christine
Kempner, Tx
[YEA]   Tried your remedy on a 4 week old Kitten. It worked.. after a day he's feeling much better and no goopy booger eyes. He's still sneezing a bit but he's much better. And mommy cat doesn't seem to mind the pickle smell either.. I think she's just glad he's not miserable. We'll keep applying the vinegar (which we diluted 1 part water to 1 part vinegar) until the problem is gone. Will keep you posted. Thanks for the natural remedy :-)
Replied by Rachel Lorel
Phoneix, Arizona, United States Of America
i recently found a kitten about four mounths. he was half starved because for some reason or another his mom abandoned him. do you have any suggestions on his treatment?
Replied by Rachel
Phoneix, Arizona, United States Of America
i meant four weeks. i was really upset at the time i wrote that. its just that his eye is badly swollen and he is very skinny. i only found him today. he was all alone and i want to keep him as healthy as possible.
Replied by Lisa Lopez
Wichita Falls, Texas
To Rachel, I have 10 cats! All but one are rescues. Some months ago we took in a little boy kitty who like the one you are talking about was so skinny it broke my heart. We fed him and he never left !All my babies are spayed/neutered by the way. Any way he kept eating and I finally had to make him stop. If you can, get the kitty some kitten food and wet food for kittens. I just always leave the dry food out so they can eat it when they are ready. And then the wet food, give it to the kitty in the morning and then in the evening. It may take a while but it will gain weight. You may need to worm it too, when it is stronger. Hope this helps.
Replied by Lisa
Wichita Falls, Texas
Hi again Rachel!

I have been where you are. About 1 and 1/2 years ago my brother brought me a TINY kitten that I guessed to be about 2 weeks old.I fed her kitten replacement formula til she was a little bigger and could give her moistened kitten food. For your little one, You can get her/him some kitten food and let some sit in hot water long enough to moisten it pretty well, really til it is soft if it is that young. It will need water also. You can give it small amounts of wet kitten food also, a little in the morning and a little in the evening. For the eye, try putting as warm a wet cloth as it will stand and you have to clean the eye every 30 minutes or so through out the day. Also, you can get antibiotic ointment( does not have to be named brand) and put it just under the eye. Just rub a little bit in the fur under the eye. Being careful not to get it in the eye. I had to do this with one of mine also. Do this about 3 times a day. It sounds hard, but it really is not once you get started. Let us know how it goes. Good luck and GOD BLESS!

Replied by Lisa Lopez
Wichita Falls, Texas
Rachel, if the kitty won't drink water from a little bowl, then you will need to get a medicne dropper or something to get water into him/her. they are very easy to get to using a litter box.Your little one will need one of the tiny litter boxes. I rescued a little kitten from inside a tree just a couple of weeks ago and he/she? was only about 5 or 6 weeks old and once I showed it where his little litter box was, he started using it!

Posted by Judy (Roberts Creek, British Columbia Canada) on 02/11/2009

ACV & dog conjunctivitis Recipe: I am thrilled to discover this site. We had our little dog at the vet today and paid $38.50 for antibiotic for her eye infection! The whole bill was $126.00 Canadian! I've read through everything I could find on this site but I can't find the recipe for ACV and conjunctivitis in dogs. Do you use it straight? Do they ingest it? Or does it just get rubbed in to their neck (back or front?) and for how long? I am anxious to try it as her poor little eye is crusted shut every hour or so and I've been bathing it with chamomile and saltwater for 2 days now. If ACV can really help her in an hour, I want to use it!

Replied by Faith
North Richland Hills, TX USA
[YEA]   ACV has totally cleared up my dog's eyes.

My little dachshund mix has had problems with his left eye ever since he joined us last April. The vet prescribed a tube of medicine, but he fought me like the dickens every time I tried to apply it. I'm not sure any of it ever actually made it to his eye. I read here about massaging ACV into the back of the dog's neck for conjunctivitis and eye problems, and thought it sounded completely nuts. But I'm game for anything.

I keep some organic ACV in a small squeeze bottle, and I just squeezed some out onto a cotton ball, and used the cotton to massage the ACV into the back of his neck. After the first night, his eye looked like he'd never had any problems at all. He doesn't seem to mind the ACV, and it's a cheap, easy, and painless way to keep his eyes shining bright and free of eye boogers and stuff.

Posted by Laura (Augusta, Illinois, USA) on 02/07/2009

[YEA]  ACV cured my cat's conjunctivitis. One of my cat's, named Fizzy, green eyes was sealed shut with mucus oozing out. I made a solution of 1 tbsp ACV and 2 tbsp water, rubbed some on his shoulders and paws, and poured the rest in his water. I also washed his eyes with warm wet towels too. After 2 hours his eye was a little less oozy. I did this solution twice a day for 2 days, and on the 3rd day he was virtually cured! If not for this awesome website and its helpful reviews, my kitty, Fizzy, would still be sickly, so thank you!

Posted by Christine (Tafton, PA) on 02/06/2009

[YEA]  ACV for Conjunctivitis in Dogs: ACV cured my Cockapoo's conjunctivitis almost immediately. Had him to vet last Sunday for a nasty case of pink eye. They gave him prescription eye drops. They were not working. I stumbled across your site and tried 1 tsp on the scruff of his neck. Eyes that were beet red and gooey clear almost completely within 10 minutes. Used it again this morninng. Eyes still clear. Fantastic treatment!

Posted by Jewlz (Troy, MO) on 01/04/2009

[YEA]  Hi, just wanted to post my support for ACV for cats. I have 2 cats, one female approx. 9 years old, and a male approx. 4 years old. Both were strays that "adopted" us :o) My female had that goopy stuff in her eye the other day and I assume it was conjunctivitis. I soaked a cotton ball in ACV and rubbed it in on the back of her neck. I was expecting her to turn tail and run to sulk for a while, but she seems to actually like it. She kept sniffing at the cotton ball and not running away. The next day my daughter commented how her eye was all better and it is now back to normal. Her coat is also looking better and her appetite is raging. I just put my hand down in front of her and she stood up on her back legs and clawed and gently bit at my hands thinking I had food for her. My male cat also got uninary blockage some time ago and I got some expensive vet bills on that one. When he developed another one, I found the ACV remedy but couldn't get him to drink it from water. I did find another natural remedy for some stuff you sprinkle in their food and I also used cranberry supplements. I also switched both of the cats to a more natural semi-raw diet. They eat twice a day now and do NOT get any dry food. Mornings they get tuna fish w/raw chicken livers and in the evenings I give them salmon w/raw gizzards, hearts or livers, just depends on what I have. They just absolutely love this diet. They stand meowing through the door when they know it's time to eat :o) Drives my hubby crazy. I also make sure I add additional water to their meals to make sure they are getting enough liquid. I can't get either one of them to just drink from a plain bowl of water.

Replied by Justina
Boothbay, Maine USA
[YEA]   My youngest dog (11 mos) developed a case of conjunctivitus, I first tried the Chamomile tea which worked as long as I kept up with it; applying it several times a day. Then I tried the Vinegar method I was putting one teaspoon in a waterbowl that holds approx three cups of water, and I also massaged approx 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar into the back of her neck (30 lb dog) It worked like a charm the conjuctivitus was gone within two days. I stopped the vinegar on the back of the neck and now just add the 1 tsp to the drinking water. Her eyes are as beautiful as theyre supposed to be. Very happy with this web site and the 'Yea' rating system
Replied by Dianna
Austin, TX
my cat will only drink 'running' water! he LOVES the water coming out of the faucet - or even the water in the toilet bowl. we got him a pet fountain and he drinks out of it sometimes - but still prefers the faucet water and runs to us everytime we are in the kitchen or bathroom - meow! also he also seems interested in ACV. i sometimes put a little bit in his water - but i also have used it to spray on urine spots to neutralize the smell. he just goes to where i sprayed it and smells and smells with his mouth open. djh
Replied by Cara
Syracuse, NY
[YEA]   Wow! It DID cure the conjunctivitis overnight! With one application, this morning their eyes are clear in both my dogs. Will do one more app. this a.m. I did the 1 tspn behind head & 1 in food (i put in gravy). Will continue it in water or food.

ACV also gets rid of cat spray odor.

We will probably smell like a pickle factory. I plan to use myself, as maybe will get rid of my winter blues (see Remedies tab).

Posted by Jane (Malaga, Spain) on 12/09/2008

[YEA]  Another post singing the praises of ACV! My littl xe 7 year old Yorkie had a bad case of conjunctivitis and he hated having his drops administered so I asked the vet for something else and he gave me a cream but my little Yorkie still hated it...anyway I stumbled across this amazing website, took the advice re; the ACV and lo and behold it worked! After just half an hour I noticed a major difference and my dubious husband is gob smacked! I can't thank you enough all you people who have posted recommendations on the forum. Thank you!

Replied by Dianne
Gold Coast, Queensland Australia

Posted by Marri (Surrey, UK) on 12/08/2008

My bitch refuses to drink water with the ACV in it. She is a white dog and has a foreign object in one of her tear ducts. (Only one eye is affected.) Two vets, one ophthalmologist, and one ENT later, the object is still there, and still causing tears and staining. My only hope at the moment is to change the PH balance of the tears to reduce the bacteria, and I can clear the staining. ACV should do that, but as mentioned she won't drink the water.

So, ACV tablets are the next step. But how much of a dose to give? And does it matter if there are other additives to the tablets.?

As far as I can tell the two options are ACV or antacid tablets which contain calcium carbonate. Since I plan on breeding her in about 7 months I don't want to go that route.

Any advice or help, please?

EC: Some of the feedback on the apple cider vinegar for cats page might be helpful. Some readers have been applying diluted acv to the back of the neck with phenomenal results.

Replied by Richard
Sequim, Washington, US
One TBL of ACV to a gal of water for all pets every day.

Posted by Marlene (Waterbury, CT) on 10/18/2008

conjunctivitis: I am now hopeful that I can save my 4 week old ferel kitten. She has an eye and upper respiratory infection. Her mother wasn't feeding her and I think it is because she can't suck with her nose clogged, but now I believe can clear up her eyes. I love this site because vet's are too expensive.

Posted by Beth (Auckland, Middle-Earth New Zealand) on 09/24/2008

[YEA]  I tried the advice from your column for dogs with conjunctivitis or pinkeye. I applied a small amount of ACV on the neck on my pet dog and in 1 hour, the conjunctivitis has almost gone! Not only that but his eye has opened (was full of goop and closed), and he is playing with his toys again! I poured a tablespoon of ACV onto the neck and massaged it in. Fantastic and thanks!

Replied by Jess
Port Lincoln, South Australia
[YEA]   A teaspoon of ACV on the back of the neck rubbed in for about 30 seconds fixed a quite bad case of conjunctivitis in our MalteseX overnight. If we hadn't seen it we would not have believed it. Simply amazing. We are continuing the treatment for a couple of days, but not sure why, as there is absolutely no sign of the symptoms at all. ACV was used neat and is being reapplied about 3 times a day - however, the initial treatment did the trick., and ACV, are great!

Posted by Raul (Memphis, Tenn.) on 08/20/2008

[YEA]  My poodle had a bad eye and ear infection. We went through the ususal treatments. My vet is now adding a new wing to her clinic (just joking) but that is how I feel. So I got on the internet when I say this sight. I read about the ACV treatment. Willing to try anything I mixed the mixture and applied as directed. Later that evening I noticed his eyes were no longer red. Four days later it had cleared up.His ears are better so as a prevention I put a little in his ear. His infection is in check now. Thank you all for the sudgestions. It really did work.

Replied by Gwen
Denver, Colorado
what is the formula?
Replied by Sabina
Boca Raton, FL
Yes what is the never said