Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Conjunctivitis in Pets

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Posted by Chrissie1704 (Wellingborough, England) on 08/13/2009
5 out of 5 stars

After reading your comments about apple cider vinegar, I decided to try it on my English cocker spaniel. She woke up with a gunky eye. I couldnt afford expensive vets fees, so decided after reading about ACV to try it. In my cupboard I had som ACV capsules I had used for dieting a while ago. I opened the capsule and smoothed the paste onto my dogs neck, close to the skin. I then rinsed it with warm water to dilute it a bit. Then in our supermarket I bought some ACV in a bottle and that evening I again put some neat onto the back of her neck and then some warm water. After first dose, within 2 hours or quicker her eye was clear, and I have not had any problems with her eye since! Amazing! really amazing, I have told everyone I know who have pets! Thank you for passing information on!

Replied by Lpino
(Bridgeport, Ct)
5 out of 5 stars

I used this remedy on my dog and got the swelling down and she could open her eye its just a little red still. But it does work!

Replied by Ashley
(Calais, Maine)

Does it have to be "apple cider" or can it be not malt vinegar?

Replied by Dianna
(Austin, Tx)

i would use apple cider vinegar. i have also found that of everything I have tried castor oil works the quickest and best for me for conjunctivitis on all my pets and for me too. just place a little on a dampened cotton ball and wipe all over the eyelids. it doesn't hurt or sting and instead feels very soothing and you can do it without them really noticing which is best.

Replied by T
(Doylestown, Pa, Usa)
5 out of 5 stars

I tried using the ACV-(_____s) I rubbed it into her neck, fed it to her everything until she stunk so bad. It did help greatly but would not kick the eye infection. Hers was green discharge, the whites of her eyes were red and her lower lids were swollen (she looked a mess). After two days I gave up on ACV and tried both a sterile saline and tea compress and also a few drops in each eye. Same thing as ACV, it helped but not a cure.

I kept looking online. I found a homeopathic remedy using Boric acid powder. I read people saying to use anywhere from 1/8 tsp. To 1 tbsp. In a cup of boiling water. I chose to use 1/2 tsp in a cup of boiled purified water. I wiped her eyes first thoroughly with the solution, then opened them and put a drop of two in each one. Saw very fast results and a day later she is completely cured. I repeated the treatment 3-4 times the first day. By the next she looked great and two more treatments the second day it was all gone. I have a golden retriever, about 50 lbs.

Replied by Bella Walls
(Brisbane, Australia)

Guys Thanks so much for this information. I have recently inherited 2 Abyssinian Queens their 5 kittens and Egyptian Mau and her X Kitten and I already had 2 Russian Blues. (hubby jokes that I have the United Nation of cats!! )

Anyway, 2 of the kitttens came down with Runny eyes and now Most of the rest have them too. I have been cleaning their eyes with teabags twice daily, but no difference. I will try the ACV.

Let you know how it goes.

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Posted by Cassi (Oklahoma City, Ok) on 08/08/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I read about treating your cat's allergy eyes with Apple Cider Vinegar and I was skeptical, but figure I'd try it since my cat had a "goopy eye. It looked like she was winking, and had a clear discharge. I tried the ACV on a cottton ball, diluted just a bit with water and then I placed it on the back of her neck, as I read on here. She didn't like it much, but I pursued her and dabbed the back of her neck a few more times. Within an hour the goopiness was gone and her eye looked normal. I'm amazed, but glad it worked! I love this site :)

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Posted by Sarah (San Diego, CA) on 07/28/2009
5 out of 5 stars

My cat Junior got an eye infection and I cannot afford to take him to the vet, so I found this website and began using raw ACV on the back of his neck. The first few times I used it undiluted, but I think that it was too strong, so I began diluting it: 1ts ACV to 2ts water. I've been putting it on the back of his neck 2-4 times a day for 5 days now and it's almost completely gone. I have also been wiping his eye off 3-5 times a day with a cotton ball soaked with peroxide (I think that this has helped more than the ACV), and once a day I rinse his eye with a mason jar full of luke warm water. Every time that I rinse with water it is an instant improvement. I think that a combination of the three cheap home remedies has cured him, and I recommend doing more than just putting ACV on the back of their necks. I've also started putting 1ts of AVC into his water, and he is drinking it. Thank you so much for this recommendation, and website.

Replied by Julie
(Cda, Idaho, Usa)
1 out of 5 stars


I have been told by a vet never to use peroxide in the eye as it can cause blindness.

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Posted by Allison (Orange City, FL) on 07/03/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I had self diagnosed an outdoor cat that we feed with conjunctivitis. I knew he had it once before and we left it alone and it got better kind of quickly, however after visiting this site, I thought I'd give the vinegar a try.

Less than 48 hours later, the cat's eye is completely 100% better! I don't have exact measurements, but I filled the vinegar bottle cap WITH vinegar and put it on the back of the cat's neck as best I could. (much like one would apply flea preventative, just smoosh it in there so it all doesn't dribble to the floor)

I also had a combo of vinegar and water--water with just a splash of vinegar, the smell shouldn't be overpowering-- which I put on a paper towel and wiped his eye twice a day.

I honestly never believed this would work, but it ABSOLUTELY did.

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Posted by Georgina (Hobart, TAS Australia) on 06/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar for dog's eye infection

I noticed my 2 yo Labrador had some gunk in the corner of one eye 2 days ago. It looked like the normal eye-boogies he gets so I ignored it until later that day when it was clear he had an eye infection, as I could see drak green/grey gunk inside the eye itself. It was a Saturday morning so I called the vet to make an appt for later that day. I really didn't want to fork out $130-odd bucks (by the time you factor in the weekend consult plus anti-biotic prescription and then the follow-up visit), so I started searching for home remedies. I've used this site before for some opinions on extra virgin coconut oil (which I now use solely as my beauty routine and for any cuts/abrasions/infections) as well as Apple Cider Vinegar (which I use for digestive balancing).

I saw all the posts about dabbing ACV on the back of a pet's neck and thought, well if this many people swear by it I'll give it a try. I tried this as well as a weak solution (just enough to colour the water) to flush my dog's eye. After I washed the eye out I applied EVCO on a cotton ball to soothe the skin and hopefully help with the infection. I did this several times over the course of the day and it seemed to improve so I cancelled my vet appt, thinking at worst I could take him on the Monday. I thought the EVCO was doing the job so I continued with this as I figured it was also more comfortable for my dog. His eye got worse again in the afternoon and was quite yucky by evening. By this time it was too late for a vet visit and I felt like a terrible "mum"!

I tried the ACV on the back of the neck again, and this time I used at least a quarter of a cup undiluted, as he has SUPER thick hair and I really had to work it in to reach the skin. Most of it rubbed off or stayed in the outer coat I think. Anyway, enough must have got in this time because he started really quickly improving, so I did one more dose before bed. This morning I very tentatively checked on him thinking it would either be much better or totally disgusting. Luckily, it was much better and today after a couple of the same treatments it's looking really good. Still some eye-boogie but the reddening inside lower eyelid has really improved. I still used some EVCO for soothing the eye area, he seemed to like that.

So he stinks like high heaven and the house smells like "rotten feet" as my boyfriend tells me, but he's just as impressed as I am and I can't believe this actually WORKED. I don't know HOW this could work but the main thing is it does so without risk of harm. As any lab owner would know, they traditionally have pretty sensitive skin, but this doesn't appear to bother him. It saved us a wad of cash and it cleared his infection quicker than anti-biotics would have. I think he knows it's working too because he willingly leans his neck toward me when I put it on now. Cute little fella! :-)

Replied by Gail
(Auburn, WA)

I was able to decipher the ACV to meaning Apple Cider Vinegar, but could you please tell me what the EVCO means. I have recently adopted a rescued malamute and her eyes are continuing to produce more green goo, so I am going to try the vinegar application today using your 1/4 cup recommendation.

EC: EVCO = extra virgin coconut oil

Replied by Angie
(Hambleton, Wv)

My cat's eye infection is gone! I used the diluted apple cider vinegar on his neck and also put a few drops in his water. I also had some colloidal silver and dropped some in the eye. He squalled in protest before I did any of it--the actual drops in the eyes didn't seem to bother him at all. A few hours later, he looked much better. This morning my husband let him out in the middle of a blizzard and very cold temps!! I was worried all day because he was out in the cold with possibly a bad eye--however, he showed up around dinner time! I was so glad to see him and his eyes were perfectly normal!

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Posted by AG Boone (Highland, CA) on 06/14/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Incredible. I am a multi-cat household. I have spent hundreds of dollars and several different types of ointments, drops, trips to the vets, etc...totally exhausting trying to get on top of this infection. I cannot believe it took a simple home remedy to clear up my cat(s) eyes. I just could not believe this was just such a simple cure. I tried it, no, seriously, my cats eyes that have been just laced in red, ARE CLEAR. If I hadn't seen it myself, I would never have believed it. If you are suffering with this eye problem in your cats or dogs, you really need to try this, for them most of all and also for your peace of mind. I used one tablespoon of Apple Cidar Vinegar to two tablespoons of water. I put it on the back of the neck and rubbed it in, and I also (CAREFULLY NOT TO GET TOO CLOSE TO THE EYES), with a disposable make up pad, wiped each side of their nose below the eye where their eyes drain, BUT NOT TOO CLOSE TO THEIR EYE ITSELF. Cleared it right up.

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Posted by Kelly (Farmersville, California) on 06/04/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar For Cat Conjunctivitis:

Thank God for this website! My cat, Beau, was suffering from conjunctivitis in both eyes. His left eye was swolllen and goopy and both were red and inflamed. He had this problem for about a week, and I was doing everything I could to help him. We could not afford an expensive trip to the vet, so I did everything humanly possible to help him at home. He was so sick that he could not eat or drink on his own. I had to feed him soft food with a feeding syringe and give him water with a large dropper. I was careful not to give him too much of either one. I gave him a daily dose of a high-calorie vitamin and mineral gel to boost his energy and help him gain weight and regain his appetite. I kept both of his eyes cleaned out with an eye wash made for cats and dogs. I was so desperate to find any remedy that would help Beau, that I finally went online and found this website. I read rave reviews about apple cider vinegar, as a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to cure this problem. At first, it sounded too good to be true, but I was willing to try anything to help Beau. His eye problem did not clear up until I used this remedy. It took only two days for the problem to clear up completely, whereas, if I had taken him to the vet, I would have had to give him antibiotics and it would've taken longer for the infection to clear up. Now, Beau is eating and drinking on his own, just like before, and he is starting to gain weight. This is the answer to my prayers! It saved Beau's eyesight and saved us an expensive trip to the veterinarian. I cannot say enough good things about this remedy. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Posted by Beth (New Haven, Indiana) on 05/28/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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!

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Posted by Yolanda (Sydney, NSW, Australia) on 04/29/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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 !!!

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Posted by Sunny (Galway, Ireland) on 04/21/2009
4 out of 5 stars

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)
5 out of 5 stars

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!

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Posted by Stefanie (Atlanta, Georgia) on 03/30/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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Posted by Janice (IC, Iowa) on 03/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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!

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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)
5 out of 5 stars

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!

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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)
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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Posted by Laura (Augusta, Illinois, USA) on 02/07/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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!

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