Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Conjunctivitis in Pets

| Modified: Dec 03, 2018
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.

How Do I Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Cure my Pet's Conjunctivitis?

Apple cider vinegar is used for eye infections in several ways.

Externally

Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and filtered water (i.e. 1/2 cup water plus 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar.) Soak a cotton ball and apply this solution to the back of your pet's neck (the scruff of the neck) three times a day. You will squeeze out the solution from the cotton ball onto the fur and skin of your animal. Large animals or animals with a lot of fur will need more. Some of our readers have used as much as a tablespoon or two of this solution on their larger pets. This is the safest way to cure conjunctivitis in a dog or cat.

Apple Cider Vinegar Eye Wash

Our readers also report success using a very well diluted mixture of acv on their pet's infected eye.

Instructions:

Mix 2 teaspoons (NOT tablespoons) of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of filtered water. Use a cotton ball to wipe the cat or dog's eyes three times a day. Make sure the animal's eyes are closed when you do this. A bit will seep into the eyes and that is fine. Use a fresh cotton ball for each eye at each application to avoid spreading the infection. Both eyes should always be treated, even if only one appears to be infected.

Warning! Be sure to label each solution you prepare for treating your pet's conjunctivitis! DO NOT want to use the solution that is 1/2 vinegar in your pet's eyes - that is way too strong and would burn!

Internally

Apple cider vinegar can also be give internally for conjunctivitis. It can be added to a pet's water bowl or mixed into his food. For a small animal or kitten, 1/4 teaspoon a day is plenty. For a very large dog, 2 Tablespoons a day added to a large bowl of water would not be too much. If your pet resists this method, use less apple cider vinegar, or try the external, back of the neck treatment, or the diluted eye wash.

Have you used apple cider vinegar to treat your pet's eye infection? Please let us know how it worked for you!

Read on to see how it worked for others!



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Posted by Suzanne (Lawrenceville, Ga) on 12/03/2018
5 out of 5 stars

My 5month old gsd mix woke up Saturday with nasty eye gook and red in one eye, had it all day. Started the Apple Cider Vinegar diluted with water, put it on cotton balls and rubbed on both his eyes and on the back of his neck. Sunday he was already getting better by this morning his eye is back to normal. Worked great!


Posted by Lisa (Fl) on 07/08/2018
5 out of 5 stars

So, I adopted a rescue cat 2 years ago. She was on eye medication at the time and I thought it was just an eye infection that would be cured shortly. Unfortunately we went back and forth to the vet 3x initially for new medications because nothing was curing the infection. She would go for maybe a week or 2 with drier eyes but then back it came. I was told that she probably had herpes virus and would have flare ups all her life. She has been on every medication that my Vet suggested. I have tried probiotics for a stronger immune system, TONS of lysine, colloidal silver. etc. Nothing has worked period. I don't use air diffusers, plug-ins, carpet powders, nothing that I think might irritate her eyes. SO.... for the past 2 days I've doused her back with organic and raw apple cider vinegar and her eye is BETTER! Not sure if I am going to have to do this on a daily basis but it matters not. My Fifi is better :) This is fantastic stuff!!!


Posted by Sm (Atlanta ) on 05/28/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Amazing. organic raw unfiltered apple cider “with the mother” vinegar”. Mixing 1/1 with water and wipe liberally on the back of the neck and scruff has cured my Siamese cat Meezee's conjunctivitis. It's the 3rd day and it is 99% healed. Gonna do it for another 2 days which will be more than enough. I had this problem once before and it cost me $150 for the vet visit and eye drops.

Just wanted to add my experience to the mix. Bottom line, it works.


Posted by Patricia (Ar) on 12/14/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Had I not seen this with my own eyes, I never would have believed this would work, but it's a miracle cure for sure...Four months ago we rescued a cat who's elderly owner could no longer care for her, she was aprox 2 years old and was in a hoarding situation, raised in a very unhealthy environment. She came to us with upper respiratory problems and severe conjunctivitis in one eye. During her first Vet wellness exam to check for infectious diseases that could be spread to my other cats the Vet checked her eye for scratches, or foreign debris in her eyes. Nothing was found so the Vet diagnosed a herpes virus and we started administering antibiotic drops into her eyes. Several weeks passed with no improvement. She was taken in for her spaying surgery and shots at which time they rechecked her eye and prescribed more ointment to put in her eye, this time containing a steroid. Several weeks passed with no improvement. Another call to the Vet and they prescribed an anti-inflammatory drop. Several weeks passed...no improvement. Another call to the Vet, this time they prescribed another antibiotic drop, this time with a stronger antibiotic...10 days later, still no improvement. I was ready to give up hope and just thought she would be plagued with a bad eye for the rest of her life, and just hoped it wouldn't get so bad that she would have to have it removed.

Googled "Feline Conjunctivitis" to see what I could find online when I found the "EarthClinic" site. I was skeptical to say the least...I couldn't believe something as simple as putting organic Apple Cider Vinegar diluted 1-1 with distilled water could cure her eye problem, after spending several hundred dollars already on her eyes, but I was ready to try anything...

Day one I put the mixture on a jumbo cotton ball and soaked the scruff of her neck 3 times throughout the day. I could tell by that evening she was already starting to open her eye, which she had been squinting shut since we brought her home!

Day 2, I continued with the treatment 3 times throughout the day, her eye was 75% better, much less redness and no eye boogies!

Day 3 & 4, I used the mixture 2 times.

By day 5 her eye was completely healed! No redness, no squinting, and no boogies! I don't know how this works but, it is a miracle, this is the first time her eye's have been completely clear, open and healthy looking since we got her! She was to the point that she would RUN and hide when she saw me coming with a bottle of eye drops, but she didn't mind the ACV treatment at all, I warmed the cold solution to about body temp and she actually enjoyed me rubbing it on her neck between the shoulder blades.

THANK YOU EARTH CLINIC! I have many friends in the animal rescue community and will definitely will be sharing this treatment with them all!


Posted by Kandas (California) on 11/28/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I got a kitten with FIV and with that she has conjunctivitis; I looked up some of the best home remedies for what could be done to keep her from loosing her gorgeous eyes and prevent her from feeling so uncomfortable, and was thoroughly pleased to see that apple cider vinegar is the solution. I've noticed some people on here are saying that their kitty will refuse their wet food if the vinegar is put into their food?

For my kitten, I did 1/4 teaspoon to one teaspoon of chicken broth for one 8 oz can of wet food. She loved it! I'd go for an organic broth, however, if you're a skeptic like me and don't want anything harmful getting into your kitty.

Hope this helps anyone still having trouble with coaxing their kitties to take their treatment.


Posted by Maggie (Idaho) on 07/19/2016 29 posts
5 out of 5 stars

One day I noticed that my cat's eyes looked swollen and were partly shut. There was also a white discharge and she looked like she didn't feel well. I tried the half filtered water and half apple cider vinegar that's been tried by people on earth clinic. I mixed the water and vinegar and then put some on a small cotton pad and cleaned her closed eyes along the eyelids. I did that once in the evening and the next morning and that's all it took to heal whatever was wrong.

Replied by Julie
Jesup, Georgia
12/22/2016

Hi! Should a fresh batch be made daily? I've been using the same solution for a few days but was thinking the eyewash should be made and applied fresh daily.

Perhaps the solution applied externally would be ok for a week? I am concerned because I read that a solution made with water risks bacterial growth, but that was an article based on a homemade saline solutions...maybe one made with vinegar might be okay for a few days? What do you think?

Today is day four since trying ACV, and so far my fur baby is responding well. I'm hoping he is clear by Christmas =). Is it reasonable to take a week or two for complete healing? I read somewhere that three days is typical.

Happy Holidays! Thank you so much for all you do!

Today is day four since trying ACV, and so far my fur baby is responding well. I'm hoping he is clear by Christmas =). Is it resonalbe to take a week or two for compleate healing? I read somewhere that three days is typical.

Happy Holidays! Thank you so much for all you do!


Posted by Carol (Murrieta Ca.) on 06/21/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I have a 5 year old Schnauzer that has had conjunctivitis for the last 2 months. I took him to the Vet and we applied antibiotics drops for 2 weeks, it came back and we reapplied for another 2 weeks. To no avail it came back again. I read this site, and have tried the ACV to wipe his eyes, the back of the neck, and in his water. It was gone in about 5 days, his eyes look normal.

I was just wondering how long should I use it? Not trusting because of the antibiotic, and worrying it may come back.

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia
06/22/2016

It won't hurt to do another few days.


Posted by Anita (South) on 08/30/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Sheila
South Yorkshire
04/07/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My dog had conjunctivitis in both eyes used 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 part water stood his feet in it one at a time then wet the back of his neck too. The next day it was completely gone such a relief. Thank you for the tip, it saved me a fortune. Will pass the advice on.

Replied by Louise
Hobart, Tasmania
05/02/2016

I'm not surprised that apple cider vinegar works to clear up conjunctivitis. Bacteria cannot live in an acidic environment. I've only just found that out. My cocker Spaniel has conjunctivitis, and she has had it for seven months, would you believe. Nothing so far has worked. I'm going to start trying the vinegar. Because judging by a lot of the comments here it is working a treat.

Replied by Stacey
London
05/05/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Hi thankyou so much for your post. We have a 9 week old kitten whom we took to the vet on Tuesday as 1 of her eyes started to swell really badly and it was really red and she couldnt open it properly. We didnt know what was wrong or why it swelled. The vet gave her some eye drops which we used but it was not any better yesterday, so the vet wanted to give her an anti-inflammatory injection, which could kill her as her organs aren't yet fully developed. We obviously were horrified that she would suggest that, so after alot of money spent, I remembered this site. We used your recommendation of dipping her paws in ACV mixed with water, and within hours she could open her eye, and this morning its fully cleared and better. We are amazed and so thankful to you and everyone else who post on this site xx

Replied by Barbara
Maryland
04/11/2017

You guys are a life saver. I keep paying the vet 30$ for tiny tube of cream just to hear u guys tell me this. I love Braggs ACV for many things..never thought it would help my cat who is my world. TY TY TY

Replied by Endi
Tennessee
10/14/2017

Bacteria can live in any environment. Even though ACV is acidic, it creates an alkaline environment within the body. Bad bacteria can thrive in an acidic body. So helping the body get to a healthy pH level is vital. I just didn't want anyone thinking an acidic environment was good for the body.


Posted by Jaide (Brisbane, Queensland) on 06/19/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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
08/16/2015

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
Mpls., Mn
08/16/2015

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.

Replied by Ana Lucia
Florida
04/13/2016

My cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and infection on his eyes . The doctor now told me it is herpes. I checked here to put apple cider vinegar with water in his neck. I wondering if it is ok to me to do cause hi has hyperthyroidism.? He is fine, but I think his eyes bothering him so much. I took him so many times to the vet, the bet give a antibiotics to stop in his eyes... Get better for 2, 3 days and get bad again. I want to try the apple cider vinegar if it is not be bad for his thyroid. Thanks

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
04/15/2016

Ana,

I cannot find anything to indicate that ACV is contra indicated but I have not devoted days to this research. If this were my cat, I would use the ACV and monitor results closely.


Posted by Thrinny (Caldwell, Nj) on 05/16/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
Houston
11/27/2014

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
11/27/2014

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
12/22/2014

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

Replied by Sherry
Canada
04/27/2015

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
04/27/2015

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

earthclinic.com/cures/viral_conjunctivitis4.html#cs_146410

Replied by Mary
Princeton, Il
03/03/2017

I'm in the same boat as you. 4 cats and 1 dog. All rescues. My 2 newest additions are Asho and Riley. Rescued them from an abandoned wagon at a farm. They still had umbilical cords, so bottle fed them till old enough for kibble. Argo, tonight I noticed his eyes didn't look right. Rinsed them, and right away looked up homeopathic treatments. My newest, Asho and Riley, still haven't been introduced to my vet yet. Money is scarce, so been praying for healthy kittens till I canb afford their shots and spay and neutering. Now this, his eyes :(. I hope it works!!!


Posted by Tracy (Jacksonville, Fl) on 06/25/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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
Mpls., Mn
02/01/2014

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
11/27/2013

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
Mpls., Mn
11/27/2013

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: http://earthclinic.com/cures/viral_conjunctivitis.html

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
11/27/2013

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
12/20/2013

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
12/20/2013

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

Delilah
Vancouver, Bc
07/03/2016

Hi, I'm sorry, I have read this post 3 x's and am confused...did you say you used URINE on your cat?? Was wondering if you misspelled a word or something or if you actually meant, urine.

I have never heard of this method and if this is what you meant to say, where did you find this treatment method?

How does it work and where do you put your umm urine?

EC: HI Delilah,

Yes, Om has written about Urine Therapy in a number of posts on Earth Clinic over the years. Please type "Om, Urine Therapy" into our search engine box at the top and you'll read more of her posts on the subject. Unfortunately, she hasn't posted on EC in a number of months and might not reply.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
12/21/2013

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
Calgary
12/22/2013

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
Mpls., Mn
12/22/2013

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:

http://www.earthclinic.com/pets/feline_respiratory_disease.html#intro

And also more info here:

http://pets.webmd.com/cats/conjunctivitis-pinkeye-cats-types-symptoms-causes-treatments


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 :)



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