Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Conjunctivitis in Pets

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Posted by Christine (Tafton, PA) on 02/06/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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

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Posted by Jewlz (Troy, MO) on 01/04/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Justina
(Boothbay, Maine USA)
5 out of 5 stars

My youngest dog (11 mos) developed a case of conjunctivitus, I first tried the Chamomile tea which worked as long as I kept up with it; applying it several times a day. Then I tried the Vinegar method I was putting one teaspoon in a waterbowl that holds approx three cups of water, and I also massaged approx 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar into the back of her neck (30 lb dog) It worked like a charm the conjuctivitus was gone within two days. I stopped the vinegar on the back of the neck and now just add the 1 tsp to the drinking water. Her eyes are as beautiful as theyre supposed to be. Very happy with this web site and the 'Yea' rating system

Replied by Dianna
(Austin, TX)

my cat will only drink 'running' water! he LOVES the water coming out of the faucet - or even the water in the toilet bowl. we got him a pet fountain and he drinks out of it sometimes - but still prefers the faucet water and runs to us everytime we are in the kitchen or bathroom - meow! also he also seems interested in ACV. i sometimes put a little bit in his water - but i also have used it to spray on urine spots to neutralize the smell. he just goes to where i sprayed it and smells and smells with his mouth open. djh

Replied by Cara
(Syracuse, NY)
5 out of 5 stars

Wow! It DID cure the conjunctivitis overnight! With one application, this morning their eyes are clear in both my dogs. Will do one more app. this a.m. I did the 1 tspn behind head & 1 in food (i put in gravy). Will continue it in water or food.

ACV also gets rid of cat spray odor.

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

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Posted by Jane (Malaga, Spain) on 12/09/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Dianne
(Gold Coast, Queensland Australia)


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

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

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

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

Any advice or help, please?

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

Replied by Richard
(Sequim, Washington, US)

One TBL of ACV to a gal of water for all pets every day.

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

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

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Posted by Beth (Auckland, Middle-Earth New Zealand) on 09/24/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Jess
(Port Lincoln, South Australia)
5 out of 5 stars

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

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Posted by Raul (Memphis, Tenn.) on 08/20/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Gwen
(Denver, Colorado)

what is the formula?

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Posted by Heidi (Aurora, Colorado) on 04/20/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I tried this on my 10 year old Calico. Her eye started to get goopy and she was listless. I felt so bad for her, but because of financial problems, could not afford to take her to the vet for a couple of weeks. I tried the ACV treatment on the scruff of her neck for 3 days in a row. The morning after the first treatment, she was doing a little better. By the 3rd day, she was fine. It has been 2 weeks now, and she's still doing great. Thank you so much for telling us about this. IT REALLY WORKS!!! BB Heidi N.

Replied by Dolores
(Hobe Sound, Florida)

What is the formula for ACV? My cat has eye problems and also ear mites. I use a commerical ear cleaner
but they keep coming back. I hate putting her through the ear cleaning so often.

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Posted by Casey (Lancaster, PA) on 02/23/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Dreading another vet bill, I looked online for a home remedy to clear up a "goopy" looking eye infection developing in one of my cat's eyes. I read that if you massage a little ACV into the scruff of the neck, it clears up within minutes. Very hard to believe, I know - but I decided to give it a try. I massaged some into his neck and he promptly ran off to hide for awhile. He came back out about an hour later, running around and playing. I looked at his eyes and honestly couldn't even tell which one had the problem. Two days later, still all clear. I don't know why or how it worked, but it did and I'm very thankful someone posted the suggestion and I wanted to pass it on.

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Posted by Marcella (Petaluma, CA) on 01/26/2008
5 out of 5 stars

ACV for Cats: Three Cheers! My seven-month-old rescue kitty came into my home with an upper respiratory infection and later developed some conjunctivitis in his left eye. Following the advice on this page, I gave him a dropperful of ACV right into the fur on the nape of his neck and massaged it down into his skin. Some of the liquid ran down the sides of his neck, where he licked it off. Within 90 minutes of his first dose, the conjunctivitis started to clear up, and his energy perked up considerably. He is now free of both the upper respiratory issue and the eye infection, with no vet visit needed. I know give him a maintenance dose every few days and yes, he's a little stinky from the vinegar, but happy and healthy nonetheless. I've also started taking the ACV myself. Good stuff.

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