Natural Remedies for Conjunctivitis in Dogs and Cats

| Modified on Jul 26, 2021

Boric Acid
Posted by Michele (Conifer, Co) on 07/26/2017

I was researching boric acid and water on a cotton ball is it supposed to clear up my dog's eye infection?

Posted by Nasmine (Virginia ) on 06/27/2017

Nothing to feel guilty about anyway, I'll exhaust all means for my kids and myself before wasting my time seeing my doctor, not gonna waste time and money if I can take care of it naturally, just going to get harmful chemical compounds from a doctor anyway. Being willing to do this for your pet is a good thing, people just want to feel good about themselves by bashing others for no reason

Antibiotic Ointment
Posted by Tresa (Alexander, Arkansas) on 05/31/2017

Ill have to try this. Thank you

Apple Cider Vinegar, Colloidal Silver
Posted by Cheri (Missouri) on 04/11/2017

Candice, next time, add Lysine to your mix and that should take care of the pink eye and respiratory infection in just a few days. I crush a 500mg pill and mix it in the infected cats' wet food (can also use yogurt or smashed sardines if the cat is finicky) or put it in some broth or something and syringe it in the mouth (last resort). Give the powder twice a day, along with the ACV (with mother) on his fur (so he has to lick it off and will ingest it) and you should see improvements within a day or two.

It is one of the things I keep it in my 'arsenal' of pet things along with the ACV (apple cider vinegar with mother) and colloidal silver.

Goldenseal Root Powder
Posted by Tara (Texas) on 04/10/2017
5 out of 5 stars

My Schnauzer had an eye infection of some kind. Pus/gunk in his eye. Combined black tea bag/chamomile tea bag and one capsule of Golden Seal into a cup of hot water. Strained it and added a touch of salt. Day two and gunk was gone. Thank you so much. Side note: He loved the smell, I mean he wanted some of that brew. I let him have a little sip of it and he is crazy for it?

What did not work, colloidal silver. 3x a day. Did absolutely nothing.

Antibiotic Ointment
Posted by Sandy (California) on 11/12/2016

Trap him, get him fixed, and treat the eye. Then turn him loose...

Posted by Josie (Leeds Uk) on 11/09/2016

Thank you for this post! My boy is an akita, and he is also an absolute nightmare when going to the vet, he hates other dogs other than our female dog. I've been washing his eye with salt water for a day and came across your thread. I've just tried it so fingers crossed x

Goldenseal Root Powder
Posted by Paris (Ca) on 11/07/2016

Not getting whole story here, but I understand CD can be treated and is short term. Goldenseal is an anti-microbial, and effectively clears up bacterial and viral infections in humans and animals. I have never heard of a problem where it destroys healthy flora. And I've used G for decades, personally, for family members, children and animals; for viral and bacterial infections (including severe flu). I have spent thousands of dollars on two cats, where ultimately the vet still didn't know what the sickness or infection was; to finally go home and treat my sick cats myself; very happily and successfully with Goldenseal, and when called for, including Echinacea (for treating allergy, and immune related conditions). Both cats had nearly died before treatment. I have found a safe and effective dosage for cats is 3 drops of G diluted in about a teaspoon or less of water, given orally though a syringe (8-10 cc) . Only administer small squirts (about 2 cc) at a time in corner of mouth. Give the cat time to handle between each. (Best to wrap your cat in a big towel, snug (not too tight) around neck) administer twice a day. You'll see improvement every day. Depending on severity of infection, should take one to two weeks to clear up. A recent story: One of my cats was suspected for an immunity deficiency. Vet suggested more testing to confirm. That would have cost $1000 and counting. She had been diagnosed anorexic after blood test etc that showed nothing. A 9 month old cat, she was down from 10-1/2 to 5 pounds. I force fed her for two months. Finally, I started administering G twice a day. One week later she was eating on her own. She is now bright eyed, agile, playful, completely healthy, and weighs 10-11 pounds.

Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 06/17/2016

You can make a tea from fennel seeds and mint. Boil, strain, cool till just warm and bathe the eyes.

Posted by Gretchen (South Florida) on 06/17/2016

Thank you for this! I love natural approaches to my health and think no different for my furbabies! I'm trying this!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Soazburrolady (Southern Az) on 11/20/2015

For conjunctivitis in pets (and humans for that matter), the very best treatment I have used is colloidal silver. Conjunctivitis can be bacterial, viral, or allergic. The silver works for all. Most of my work life was in the medical industry and I had access to every ophthalmic pharmaceutical, and I would choose the colloidal silver over them all. My dogs get an allergic conjunctivitis every spring. I take a clean soft cloth, soak it in colloidal silver, and gently wipe the area around their eyes. I use a dropper to instill it directly in their eyes. Within a day or two, their eyes are clear. My husband uses the drops in his eyes whenever they itch. Another great feature concerning the silver is that it doesn't sting at all, so my dogs aren't leery of treatment. Hope this helps. All the best.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/19/2015

Hello Qwho!

You may wish to consider a boric acid eyewash. Some pharmacies and drug stores stock boric acid on the shelf and some who do not stock it will order it in for you. It costs around $10 for a bottle of the powder.

This is the recipe I use:

Boric Acid Eyewash

The following recipe has been handed down through my family. Boric Acid Eyewash is very beneficial in fighting eye infections, irritation from foreign particles in the eye or contact lenses, air pollution (smog). It is very soothing. Basically, boric acid creates an inhospitable environment in eye for germs and bacteria. At the same time, it cleanses and sooths the eye.

Purchase boric acid powder at your local pharmacy. Ask the pharmacist for "medicinal" boric acid powder. (There is another type, which is used as a bug-killer.) This is very important!!!!!!!

Supplies needed:

1 level teaspoon of Boric Acid Powder ((((medicinal quality))))
1 cup boiling water in a Pyrex measuring cup
Cotton balls
Small clean bowl or teacup


Boil one cup water either on the stove or in the microwave oven. (I use a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave.)

Add one level teaspoon of Boric Acid Powder (medicinal quality). Use a measuring spoon, not silverware!!!!!!! Stir until dissolved.

Let cool to a luke warm temperature.

Pour 1/4 cup of the cooled solution into a small clean bowl or teacup. Soak a cotton ball in the solution in the bowl and apply to affected eye, cleaning away discharge from the eye. Throw used cotton ball away after one use. Repeat using new cotton ball until all the solution in the bowl is used up. Try to flood the eye with the solution and wipe face with a clean towel. Cleanse both eyes with the solution to prevent the infection from spreading to the unaffected eye.

Repeat procedure at least twice a day, in the morning and before bed at night. Eye infections usually take two or three days to resolve themselves using this treatment.
Store unused portions of eyewash in the Pyrex measuring cup. Just cover with plastic wrap to keep it sanitary.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Qwho (Tucson, Az) on 11/18/2015
1 out of 5 stars

My kitty has been squinting, with discharge in one eye for probably 3-4 weeks now. As soon as I could get an appointment with the vet I took her in. They said conjunctivitis. Did stain test to look for scratch on eye, found none.

They gave me antibiotic ointment, I gave twice a day for 10 days, no help. I tried lysine twice daily for 3 or 4 days, no change. tried diluted apple cider vinegar (braggs) between shoulder blades and to wipe eye and even a few drops in her eye, and even put on her paws also so she would lick it off, for several days. nothing has worked.

I going to try tea bags next. Noticed today for the first time the discharge is blood tinged. Sometimes her eye is glued shut after sleeping. I use warm water to loosen up the crust so it opens and I wipe away the weepy discharge.

She has another appointment with the vet in two days (two weeks after initial appointment. they said go to a specialist, but I really cannot afford it. I have spent several thousands on my cats in the last two years.

Antibiotic Ointment
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 11/10/2015

Good on you Jacki, you like myself never leave my dogs on their own, they are under my watchful eye at all times.

Antibiotic Ointment
Posted by Jacki (Virginia) on 11/09/2015

I take my dog with me everywhere but I NEVER leave him in the car without the car running and the AC on and NEVER for more than a few minutes. There are many places where you can eat and sit outside with your dog right beside you and I prefer that to anything else. That being said, there are times when you have your dog with you and you have to leave your dog unattended momentarily. I wanted to mention that awareness is great and I absolutely agree that it is unforgivable to leave your pet in a hot car, BUT some people are very judgmental about how others care for their pets and it can be just ridiculous at times. I once was out riding around with my dog and decided to stop at a beer/wine store that was in a strip mall and I parked directly in front of the store, left the car running with the AC on, ran into the store and had to leave the store after less than 5 minutes because there was a woman trying to get into my car to free my dog. I could see her because I was in the store not 10 feet from my car. There was no way of mistaking the fact that the car was running with the AC on - she knew that she just simply didnt think my dog should be left alone in the car. Some people really are taking the "awareness" of leaving animals in cars too far and others continue to just leave their dogs in hot cars. For me, there is a difference between leaving your dog in an hot car with no ventilation and leaving your dog in an air-conditioned car in the shade. I would NEVER leave my dog in a crate for 8 hours either by the way...but people do that all of the time and it is considered "acceptable" to many of the same people who judge others for the way they raise their pets.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Betsy (Caldwell, Idaho) on 06/13/2015

A vet told me to stay away from meow mix completely. She said the dyes they use were bad for cats. At the time we were talking about the dry food but if you look at the wet food it does not look natural either, especially the seafood flavors. In any case I would NOT buy any meow mix food for any cat- wet or dry!!! It's purinas attempt to make their cheap crap look a lot better than it really is!!!

Treatment Protocol
Posted by Yukon (Bend, Or) on 05/30/2015

My GSD has been diagnosed with full blown Pannus. He will be 3 at the end of June. I have him on steroid drops and cyclosporine ointment. Do you think it would be all right to add your treatment protocol while doing this treatment? He goes back to the vet June 29th after 30 days on his meds. I have been adding colloidal silver to his food because it is my go to natural treatment.

Posted by Sandra (Georgia) on 05/27/2015

You can buy Terramycin Eye Ointment at Drs. Foster & Smith Pet Supply online. This is an antibiotic eye ointment that will get rid of conjunctivitis after a few doses. Its the same thing the vets use and it only costs $15.99. I have used this for years and am very pleased with it.

Goldenseal Root Powder
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/17/2015

Hey Ps!

I am sorry to hear of the Clostridium Dificile in your girl. I wonder if humic acid would help to restore the balance in your rag doll's intestines. Check out Ted's postings under Crohn's disease.

Goldenseal Root Powder
Posted by Ps Harris (Maine) on 04/17/2015
0 out of 5 stars

Yes, I also have used it for both cats for respiratory virus. However, it should used with caution...each cat is different in terms of levels of sensitivity. I used it successfully on my Domestic Short hair (saved his life). However, my Ragdoll female developed Clostridium Dificile. Which means the Goldenseal killed too much of the good bacteria, in the intestine. That resulted in a permanent condition manifested as episodes of bloody stools because the bad bacteria overtook, and attacked the intestinal lining. There is no cure and the only treatment is Flagyl, which in turn causes food allergies to grains and carbohydrates.

Treatment Protocol
Posted by Kh (Las Vegas, NV) on 12/28/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Two of my German Shepherds have pannus.

One of them has had chronic problems since puppyhood with ear infections, and had pyothorax at 16 months. She also has problems with recurring furuncles (boils) between the pads of her front feet and between her toes.

The other has never appeared to have any type of infection or illness until the pannus.

They are from bloodlines as far apart as you can get and still have two German Shepherds.

After much research and trial and error, we are successfully managing the pannus in both without steroids or cyclosporine (which I did not want to use). What I mean by this is that the redness in the whites of their eyes has completely to almost completely disappeared and that their corneas are now completely clear to almost completely clear after being completely covered over. Also, no more of the yellowish discharge you describe. But whenever we've tried to taper this regimen, the symptoms have returned. So we assume we're doing this for life.

So, what we're doing, same for both dogs, is:

2 raw egg yolks a day for dog with pannus plus infections, 1 raw egg yolk a day for dog with pannus only

Magnesium threonate, 144 mg 2x/day (in a.m. and at bedtime)

Turmeric capsule with bioperrine 1/day

CoQ10,50 mg every morning (using liquid drops in bite of food)

Melatonin, 2.5 mg at bedtime (the dogs had issues with being awake all night and sleeping all day--no longer a problem since the CoQ10 and melatonin)

Optizinc (30 mg capsule once a week)

I noticed that their eyes got worse every year in early November, so we give cod liver oil and grass fed butter (a couple of tsp/day of each) through the winter months.


They get 3 oz of wild Alaska salmon every night

They get half raw food diet prescribed by their holistic vet and half grain-free bison or lamb dog food

A vet-designed combo of essential oils (tea tree oil, yucca oil, aloe vera, chamomile, clove oil, echinacea) applied to feet once a day and povidone iodine (applied to feet once a day later in the day), plus occasional epsom salt foot soaks (3-5 minutes in warm water once or twice a week) cured the furuncles and keeps them away.

I never thought my dogs could possibly be magnesium deficient, so we were doing everything but the magnesium for about a year and getting significant improvement, but never fully clear eyes.

Once we added the magnesium, the dogs' eyes finished clearing up quickly--I don't have a diary of this, but my memory of it is that a week after we started the magnesium, I checked their eyes and they were clear.

I am pretty much at the point now where the first thing I try for anything is magnesium threonate.

Posted by Tina (Sparland, Ill) on 10/31/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I was so pleased to find this site. I had a litter of kittens with pink eye and the turmeric cleared it up in 7 days! I mixed 2 tsp with one cup of bottled water and applied a few drops in the infected eye twice daily. Even after one treatment I could see a dramatic difference. Being a multicat household, vet bills are expensive. For mere pennies I treated and cured the kittens. One vet trip alone would have cost over $200.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Colloidal Silver
Posted by Candice (Mesquite, Texas) on 09/18/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I was able to heal my cat's pink eye, but he had an underlying respiratory infection that needed Vet attention. Story as follows:

Over the weekend, I realized that my 6 year old cat was not feeling well. He had just endured a move a couple of weeks prior which really stressed him out, but I noticed that he was squinting and winking his left eye a lot. By Monday morning it was swollen and had yellow discharge running from the corner. I knew I couldn't get him to the vet until the end of the week, so I searched for at-home-remedies. That's when I came across the apple cider vinegar remedy. I used this in conjunction with colloidal silver to heal his eye. This is what I did:

I bought a $5 bottle of organic apple cider vinegar from the grocery store. In a small container I mixed 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 1 tablespoon of water. I put 3 cottonballs into the solution which absorbed it all. My cat has dense, thick, long hair - so, I parted the hair at the nape of his neck as much as I could and squeezed the solution from the cottonball onto the area. I used my fingers to really work it into his skin and saturate the hair there. After squeezing the majority of the solution from the third cottonball, I took it and wiped over his bad eye making sure to remove all of the gunk build-up.

Next, I got a small bowl and mixed the same solution: 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon of water. I sat this in my bathroom sink so I wouldn't make a huge mess. I picked up my cat and saturated each foot with the solution. He did NOT like this, but I was able to get it done without too much struggle. He would then run away and lick it all off of his paws.

I did these apple cider vinegar treatments twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed starting Monday morning and ending today, which is the following Thursday.

I also have a bottle of 10ppm colloidal silver (the cost was about $12 for a 2 ounce bottle at the local health food store) that I used. I remembered colloidal silver giving me relief years ago when I had viral pink eye in both of my eyes, so after doing some research and seeing that it was safe to use on my cat - I began dropping 1-2 drops into his bad eye a couple of times a day in between the apple cider vinegar treatments.

It took a while, in fact, it wasn't until Wednesday evening that his eye started to look better. However, I knew that something just wasn't right with my baby. He was incredibly lethargic and only drank minimal amounts of water and refused to eat. I called the vet and made the appointment, the main reason being for his eye although it looked to have improved by at least 85%. When the vet saw him, she said she wasn't worried about his pink-eye, that it seemed to be healing and didn't even need any ointment. She just wanted me to continue keeping it clean. She took a rectal temp as well and it was 105 degrees. She said that a normal temperature for a cat is 101. It worried her that his pink eye was nearly healed and he still had a pretty high fever. She deduced that he had an upper respiratory infection. She gave him fluids and antibiotics so hopefully he will be on the mend soon.

I wanted to write this to let people know that the apple cider vinegar and colloidal silver method really do work wonders for pink eye, but to be careful and pay close attention to your cat because he may have more than one problem going on that the at-home-remedy isn't solving.

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/09/2013

TY, Bluejade for this tip!

Posted by Bluejade4 (Houston,tx) on 12/08/2013

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.

Corn- Free Food
Posted by Katie (Northport, New York) on 05/24/2013

My Cavalier occassionally gets eye infections (where he gets a thick yellowish-greenish discharge in his eyes), . I think he gets these infections from scratching his eye accidentally with a claw, or by scratching the eye with a branch. In the past I used to bring him to the vet for an antibiotic, until I tried Colloidal Silver with a Saline Solution wash. This works so well.

What I do is I put a couple of drops of colloidal silver in his eye (3 maybe) and then I immediately flush the eye with saline solution. Don't use colloidal silver without the saline - it will cause alot of discomfort in the eye. It would be like putting regular tap water in your eye and it will cause the eye to become very red and inflamed.

I just gave this to my dog the other night for the greenish goo in his eye. 3 drops of CS in the infected eye, followed by a flush of saline solution twice in a one day -- and by the next day the infection was completely gone.

Corn- Free Food
Posted by Joan (Florida,usa) on 05/24/2013

Did u crush lysine tablets in your pets food? I have a cocker spaniel with constant eye infections. Using antibiotic ointment indefinitely

Herbal Eye Wash
Posted by Wishapup (Southeastern Area, Ontario, Canada) on 05/13/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Just thought I'd share a remedy that really helped us with conjuctivitis/eye infection in our dog. She did go to the vet at one point, but we did not want to put her on antibiotics. Her eyes had some discharge and were a bit itchy/sore. She could not get rid of the infection. We searched online and eventually created the following recipe.

Canine EyeAid Tea: Home Remedy

  • about 1 quart water
  • handful of dried chamomile blossoms
  • handful of dried eyebright
  • handful of dried calendula flowers
  • handful of dried Red Clover flowers (ask specifically for this type of clover)

In a pot, wait until the water is boiling before lowering temperature and stirring in dry ingredients (all of which can be purchased at a health food store). Leave to boil on low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and strain the mixture through a sieve to trap the largest pieces. Finally, strain the liquid through a coffee filter to remove any minute specks that could irritate the surface of the eye. Refrigerate in an opaque bottle.

Warming the mixture slightly before each use, apply ½ dropper (don't remember the measure, unfortunately--this was for a 65 pound dog) to each eye 2-3 times a day. Gently squirt the liquid into the corner of the eye.

I additionally used it with daily applications of raw organic Apple Cider Vinegar rubbed into the skin on the back of her neck and head. She recovered rapidly from her infection, as she had been suffering from it for a couple of weeks.

Antibiotic Ointment
Posted by Mgew (Austin, Texas, United States) on 12/14/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have used Antibiotic Ointment lots of times for my cats and kittens gunky eyes. Make sure you get the plain stuff, non with the pain reliever just the basic. I have even put in in my eye. When ever I had a cat with an eye that looked like it was irritated I would put a dab on the outside corner of the eye so he could blink it in. It has never bothered them and has always worked wonders. I usually do it for three days in a row and then they are good to go then.

Right now I have a feral cat in my a back yard with a gunky looking eye. It started out as a clear yellow discharge with red sometimes. He then started keeping it closed all the time. It has gotten really bad looking and seems to be moving into his other eye. I can't touch him he's too skiddish. One day I was able to prepare myself with a dab of ointment on my finger and I got it on him. His eye looked way better the next day but since then I am losing the catch a cat battle. I ordered Fishmox and it's on its way. Otherwise he may keep suffering and go blind.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Stephanie (Antelope, Ca, USA) on 08/17/2012
5 out of 5 stars

We have two pugs one of which had sever conjuctivitis after a trip to the park. The poor thing had white creamy drainage from his eye and and one point could harldy open his eye. We are against antibiotics on less they are truly needed. We used a combinatin of ACV and colloidal silver. We wiped his eye with ACV on a cotton ball and then flushed his eye with colloidal silver using an eye dropper twice daily. We also cleaned his paw with ACV due to him rubbing his eye with his paw. He showed improvments in a day or two and by a week the infection was gone.

Rosemary and Tea Tree Oils, Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Angela (Memphis, Tn) on 07/04/2012

The tea tree oil and rosemary may have been the wrong thing to use on a cat as I have read that their livers cannot cope with essential oils and herbs but the vinegar was the right thing to do for its eyes. It has healed many cats and dogs eye infections from my own experience and many testimonials here on Ec. I put it full strength on the back of my cats neck between his shoulder blades and on the tops and bottoms of his paws and he got better within an hour. An elderly lost dog found his way to my house with a massive double eye infection with ulcerations under the pus which I assume occured because of the long term nature of the pus around the eyes and it helped him right away to start getting better although he was in such bad shape I added several other things and he is almost totally cleared up now.

Rosemary and Tea Tree Oils, Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Leah (Pass Christian, Mississippi, United States Of Amer) on 06/27/2012

I am interested in using this remedy. How much of each of the ingredients did you use?

Posted by Robin (Pickett, Wi) on 05/28/2012

Amoxicillin & Penicillin 250 & 500 mg are the same no matter what they are for. Fish, Cats, Dogs, Etc.

Eye Disease
Posted by Tami (Oklahoma City, Ok) on 05/17/2012
4 out of 5 stars

I have an eight year old German Shepherd who has recently been diagnosed with pannus (it's a disease affecting the cornea and causing membranes to grow over the cornea). The vet first gave me an antibiotic/steroid eye drop. That worked for a while and made the pannus in the right eye recede. Then, in March the disease flared up in both eyes. They itched, had a yellow discharge, and membranes grew over both corneas. She is now virtually blind. I think that colloidal silver has helped to make the discharge run clear, but I am wondering if anyone has succeeded in reversing this.

Posted by Tim (Boston, Ma) on 04/23/2012

The nape is the top of the neck, right? Where the mom would carry kittens in her mouth? The apple cider vinegar sounds like a good thing to try, do you dilute it, or what if your cat tries to lick it off?

Posted by Sjt (Kanto, Japan) on 03/12/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Tea works. A month or so ago my children got pink eye so I looked on this website for a cure and used the black tea method which brought immediate relief. So I figured if tea works for children, it might work for cats too. I thought I would give it a try since my old cat keeps getting eye infections. I knew tea is gentle and would not hurt her, but I was concerned she might not like the wetness so it might be hard if not impossible to use this method. However, right away she took to the tea. It seemed to give her soothing relief so she did not fight it, and with one application her infection went away.

All I did was hold the wet tea bag on her eye gently and I squeezed a little tea in her eye. That was all I did and it worked. Cheap, easy, effective, and I got a nice cup of tea out of it!

Posted by Faith77fairfield (Waterloo, New York) on 01/24/2012

I don't know about the fish stuff. I do know that I have used the Amoxicillian several times on my cat, another time for upper respiratory infection. Worked like a charm. I got the info off an internet site, I don't remember where, but it was vet info on dosage of amoxicillan for cats. My Skippy is doing great, although now he needs to lose a little weight.

Also, I have cured worms in 3 of my cats with diatomaceous earth. Thank God for Earth Clinic.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Homeremedyfan (Rochester, Ny, Usa) on 10/14/2011
4 out of 5 stars

My Cocker Spaniel has suffered with "pink eye" for months and months. We've tried the diluted ACV, chamomile tea, baby shampoo, loratadine tabs and antibiotic ointment. Nothing has helped. She also had a really awful ear infection which did clear up with ACV and a skin condition and smell that has all but disappeared after I read another post on this site about probiotic enzymes and started giving her two a day. I've even taken her off of commercial dog food and make my own for her in case all of these issues started as a food allergy. But the eyes remained a problem so...

I started doing some research on the benefits of organic, extra virgin coconut oil and learned that it contains lauric acid which is antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral. Thankfully, I had some on hand so I melted a little in the palm of my hand and carefully rubbed a bit of the melted oil into each eye. I've done this every day, only once a day (I leave early in the morning otherwise it would be twice) for about a week and guess what? Her eyes are improved SO much! Not perfect, mind you, but her eyes are not crusty, not nearly as red and she doesn't have the goop anymore. She actually looks like a normal dog now! I'm very happy with the results of EV coconut oil!

General Feedback
Posted by Tfmiller71 (St. Louis, Mo, Usa) on 09/06/2011

I LOVE this website. I believe in home remedies especially when incoming money doesn't meet the outgoing!

I tried a cayenne pepper, pumpkin filling, plain rice and boiled chicken diet w/my dog who had diarrhea and today for the first time-solid poop.

He has really had a rough time this year, he's a 10 yr old bischon/poodle mix. I believe he has an eye infection. Conjunctivitis describes his symptoms perfectly. I think it's a spin off of his skin allergy that I am currently remedying through antibiotics (I will backup w/probiotics after the last dosage! ). He's had it for about 6 years and after antibiotics, it just comes back. He is also on prescription dog food since it is believed that he has maybe a food allergy.

Anyway, I will definitely post after trying the Apple Cider Vinegar which I keep in the house for many reasons.

Antibiotic Ointment
Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Usa) on 06/26/2011

Wizzlet; I agree with you about pouring any water on any animal. Animals aspirate (suck in) where humans breath in & out normally. It is not good to pour so freely any liquids on an animal's face.

I would like to add another off subject please.

I have been seeing and hearing that when people go out for rides in very hot weather they take the dog(s )with them, then decide to stop in the grocery store or stop for a bite to eat!!! It only takes a few seconds for an infant or dog of any age or size to die from the heat & humidity. I am hoping people will be active in help protecting these innocent beings, I have printed up signs for cars that have any animal sitting in the car even if all the windows are down; the humidity is a killer.

I recently was in a store for several hours an saw an older dog sitting with all windows down but barely breathing, I went and told a police officer about this dog, generally this is not my thing as I do believe in the slogan "Live & Let Live "but what about your loving pet? Granted even I need more education about life in general etc. but I do have the willingness to learn.

Thank you for allowing me to share this with others. God bless.

Corn- Free Food
Posted by Sally (Baton Rouge, La.) on 06/06/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I fought conjunctivitus for 3 cats for about a year with eye sav and Lysine orally. I found that feeding them corn free food has cleared it up. I don't know why the vets never suggested it. They said (told by 3 vets) that they would always have it, that there was no cure!

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Ashley (Blairsville, Pennsylvania) on 04/06/2011

I have some colloidial silver but it says on the bottle not to put it in your eyes? So is there a specific type that is safe for the eyes?

Dietary Changes
Posted by Cheryl (Richmond, Va) on 12/26/2010
5 out of 5 stars

My cat suffered with chronic conjunctivitis for many months. I felt so helpless. The ointment worked temporarily, clearing the eyes for only three or four days out of the month. I tried vinegar, removed all of the carpets from my home, cleaned my hardwood floors daily and made countless trips to the vet with no long lasting solutions. FINALLY I FOUND THE CULPRIT. Through trial and error, and changing my cats diet, I realized she was allergic to Meow Mix Seafood Medley cat food! I changed brands and she has not had a problem since. That was over 3 months ago and she has been happy and playing since then! What a relief!

Posted by Sunnieday (Baltimore, Md, Usa) on 12/17/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I wanted to leave feedback for this remedy because it really does work! I noticed that the whites of my dog's eyes were very red one day, and it really upset me because she's AWFUL to take to the vet (and I'm not exaggerating). The fact that she's a large breed (Akita) makes taking her to the vet even worse. So, I was looking for a home remedy to try before I put her (and myself) through the trauma of a visit to the doggy doctor. I steeped two bags (one for each eye) and let them cool so that they weren't hot to the touch (but they were still warm). I took the first bag, leaving it sopping, but not dripping wet, and simply wiped her eye with it, like I'd wipe off her "eye boogers. " She was a little leery at first, but once she realized that it wasn't going to cause her discomfort, she let me wipe; I imagine it probably felt soothing to her poor, red eyes. I discarded that bag, then used the other bag for her other eye. I mean to tell you, it was only a couple of hours (not the next day, like I thought) before the whites of her eyes were white again! This is an inexpensive, but more importantly, SAFE and GENTLE remedy that I recommend to everyone who has a pet with conjunctivitis.

Posted by Clearysage (Grants Pass, Oregon) on 12/07/2010
5 out of 5 stars

My dog was having a lot of discharge in her eyes. I took Dr. Jones, a vet in Canada, advice. Brew a strong cup of black tea let it cool then put 4 drops or more in the eye 3 to 4 times a day. Did this and it cleared up really fast. Brew a fresh cup each day to keep it fresh. Check him out online for many more natural remedies he really care about animals and wants us to treat them naturally.

Posted by Kini (Tallahassee, Florida) on 10/13/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Try giving your cat a tablespoon of plain yogurt 1-2 times a day and it should help clear up the reoccurring eye infections (it did for my dog).

I also give him 1 tablet of chewable acidopholis daily.. We haven't had any eye infections for 2yrs now!

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