Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Conjunctivitis in Pets

Jun 27, 2017

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 Maggie (Idaho) on 07/19/2016 11 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


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 :)


Posted by Violetto (Atlanta, Ga, United States) on 06/29/2012
1 out of 5 stars

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.

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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.

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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.
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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
02/11/2013

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
02/14/2013

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
01/27/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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
01/17/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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!!!

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Posted by Riva (Mogadore, Oh) on 08/06/2011
1 out of 5 stars

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
09/21/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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
10/13/2011

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
10/30/2011

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
01/24/2012

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
06/22/2012

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
10/06/2013

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
Mpls., Mn
10/07/2013

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.


Posted by Tamara (Des Plaines, Il) on 04/01/2011

Hi, I got 2 kittens in October with eye infection, since then I've tried a bunch of remedies, and finally their eyes are cured. I've tried black tea, green tea, chamomile and other herbal teas, vinegar rubbed into fur, coconut oil, prescription antibiotic ointment rubbed under cats' eyes, and even prescription eye drops.

None of these remedies have worked until I tried this routine: 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in a half cup of water, with this mixture wipe up the eyes cats with separate cotton balls and then add regular off-the-counter lubricant eye drop. The most important thing repeat this procedure every 2 hours for 2 weeks (except night time of course)! I did it 3 times a day for 5 months and it didn't work! Good luck! Thanks everyone for their posts. Remember, by everytime posting the remedy, you run a chance to make a difference in someone's life.

Replied by Sonya
Melbourne, Fl, Usa
06/20/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I've used this remedy twice now to cure "Pink Eye" in my Jack Russell Terrier. I soak a cotton ball with ACV (I use organic) and put it on the back of her neck. I try to hold it there for 5-10 minutes. I do this once or twice and always it goes away within an hour. It has saved me quite a bit in vet bills and my dog the aggravation of applying gooey stuff to her eye for a week or more. Highly recommended!

Replied by Shouston303
Rincon, Ga, Usa
06/24/2011

so I just simply have to rub the Apple Cider Vinegar on the back of his neck and I should see results..... Should I rub some acv/mixed with water on his eye or should I flush them with eye drops.... Thanks for ur help

Replied by Lldsmitty
Addison, Pa
08/04/2011
5 out of 5 stars

ACV for Eyes: I have a dog and 4 kittens that all came down with eye infections at the same time. My vet bills lately have been out of this world. Also, I live in the mountains so you have to travel quite a distance to get to the vets, then they charge a fortune because they are the only ones around. Anyway, I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar on the nap of the neck and to my joyus surprise the dogs eyes were cleared up the next day and the kittens were markdly improved and I believe within a day or two they should be good as new. Thanks for the tip and my pets thank you tooooo!

Replied by Chichiritad
Boston, Ma, Usa
10/04/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Hi I used Apple Cider Vinegar on the back of my kitty's neck after I saw greenish/yellow eye boogies on one eye. I first wiped her eye with a warm wash cloth and then applied 1/2 water and half Apple Cider Vinegar solution with cotton ball on the back of her neck. Her eye discharged just a tiny bit a couple more times that nite and each time I wiped it clean. In the morning there was just a little brown eye speck and I repeated the procedure today. Looks like her eyes are getting better in just 24 hrs!!!! YAY

Replied by Lexi
Melbourne, Australia
11/05/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I've also had amazing results using Apple Cider Vinegar to treat my dog's eye infection! Last week my chow x Samoyed had green goop leaking out of his left eye so I swabbed it with a very weak salt and water solution directly around the eye. I then went on earth clinic and read everybody's results using the vinegar and decided to give it a try. On the first day I applied a dilution to the back of his neck about three times and kept cleaning his eye with the saline. The next day there was significantly less muck coming from his eye but it was still a bit red. He was also trying to scratch it now so I applied the vinegar to his paws also. On the third day he was back to normal! The white of his eye is clear again and there's a normal amount of dark eye discharge!! I could tell he felt better as soon as I got up in the morning, as he was happy and wanting to play again! Thanks so much everyone, this has saved me a huge amount in vet bills, and also saved us from using antibiotics for small ailments which I think is unnecessary in pets and humans!


Posted by Chrissy (Auckland, Nz) on 03/31/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I tested the ACV for conjunctivitis on our 6 year old cat Marmite who had chronic conjunctivitis relating to cat flu. It worked amazingly fast and well, it took about 4 days applying it twice sometimes 3 times a day. I didn't do anything else other than the ACV and sometimes washing out her eyes with a saline mix.

Then our 11 year old cat Molly developed acute conjunctivitis last week - emergency vet visit last weekend - her eye looked like it had a ping pong ball under it so I didn't want to take any chances. The vet gave her 2 antibiotic injections and an anti-inflammatory injection and ointment. That brought the heavy swelling down - but her eyes were still watery the past week and she was waking up with them shut and sticky but I thought, the antibiotics must still be working and it would take time. 2 nights ago I noticed the other eye starting to really swell up large - and not wanting it to get to the size of the other one, I quickly swabbed her neck and back with ACV and overnight her eye came right down in size - the same speed as all the vet medication. I've been swabbing her about 6 times a day and it's nearly back to its normal size today after about 3 days.

Another cat Tilly always has one runny eye so last night I swabbed her too and this morning her eye looked clear for the first time in ages. I think this is an excellent remedy if the condition is mild, but I do think vet help and a second opinion is needed if the condition looked as serious as Molly's - it'd be terrible to risk an animal losing an eye. I don't know how this remedy works but definitely absolutely worth a try! I didn't use organic ACV but I will get some today in case it works even better than the ordinary kind.



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