Natural Remedies for Conjunctivitis in Dogs and Cats

Tea
Posted by Victoria (Chilliwack, British Columbia) on 04/18/2009
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My Bengal hates the vet and just getting her there is always a pain and it stresses her right out so when she came down with symptoms of conjunctivitis I was not wanting to take her to the vet unless I really need to. so I went on line and found this site and decied to try the tea remady cuz i have tea in the house and saw that it had helped in other cases. So I made a cup of tea in a mug and let it cool down till it was lukewarm and then used a cotton swabbed to apply to to her eye, I did this 3 times that day and by the next morning she looked like it had never happened, I did the treatment for one more day and she has been fine since. thank you so much.


Tea
Posted by Mary Ann (Rural, South Africa) on 11/03/2008
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Green Tea-for eye infections

Thank you all for your input on this site. We live on a farm and one of our dogs came home after being out in the bush. Her eyes were swollen shut and full of mucas. We suspect she had come across one of the many types of cobra that we have here and this had spat in her eyes. In a panic I searched your site and found the Green Tea remedy. Too far from a Vet I rinsed her eyes twice a day for 3days. After the first day her eyes started to clear. One is now slightly opaque, but I believe had it not been for this remedy it would have been a tradgedy. Thank you once again.


Tea
Posted by SuzieQ (USA, USA) on 04/09/2008
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HOLY MOLY, TEA WORKED!!! My cat had started to show symptoms of conjunctivitis; redness of the eye, swelling of eyelids, inner eyelid almost 'sticking' in place accompanied with tearing/goop near his eye ducts. Unfortunately some of us cannot afford to pay vet visits--I was putzing around the internet and came across EARTHCLINIC.com -saw the natural remedy of using tea (green, black or chamomile) to rid 'pink eye' and decided what the heck, let's try it. Within a couple hours the swelling had gone down and redness seemed to diminish. After 2-3 days of administering tea soaked cotton balls (a separate one for each eye) his ailment ceased. Earth Clinic rocks and more people should check out natural remedies. TRY IT I SWEAR IT WORKS!! THANK YOU TOO!!!


Tea
Posted by Pamela (Richmond, VA) on 07/31/2007
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I have a Yorkshire Terrier that had gotten pink eye..I went to this site and tried the black tea remedy,,and sure enough it was gone in a couple of days.. Thanks earth clinic.. Keep the natural remedies coming.Saved alot of money not going to the vet.

Tea
Posted by Wealthyheart (Northern Cambria, Pa) on 04/13/2010
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I have a 2 week old kitten. It's one eye was sealed shut with crust. I heard putting a tea bag in a little bit of warm water then wiping the eye with it and letting a few drops drop on the eye 2 or 3 times a day would do the trick. All I had was Decaffeinated Tea bags. I did this 2 times one night and the next morning both eyes were open. I have another kitten. He's the only one that looks like he is chinese so I am doing the same thing with him and his eyes are opening a little more each day It's been 2 days now and I will keep doing this until both eyes are fully open.Thanks for the tips everyone.


Essiac Tea
Posted by Gayle (Tulsa, OK) on 12/31/2006
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Over 3 years ago, our cat, Flora, developed a mass (tumour) in her abdomen and lost a significant amount of weight. She was about 12 years old at the time. I started giving her a dropper of concentrated essiac tea once a day and mixing about 1/2 teaspoon of the powdered herbs in her food. The tumor went away and she put weight back on. She is now 15 years old and doesn't look or act like a 15 year old cat. I've continued to give her the dropper of concentrate at least once a week up to every other day. I've also given the powdered essiac herbs to our dog for allergy eye drainage that would easily get infected. Since we started the dog on this, her allergy eye problem has been gone for over a year now. Again, about 1/2 tsp once a day.


Baby Shampoo
Posted by DJ (London, ON) on 09/15/2006
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Washing the eyelid and conjunctivitus area with warm water and baby shampoo significantly cleared up the conjunctivitis. I didn't wait to see if washing the affected eye with baby shampoo cured the conjunctivites and pink eye, however I did notice that the affected eye was significantly better by the time I was able to get my dog into the vet's office two days later. I simply wet a face cloth with warm water and applied some baby shampoo, using the running water to foam up the shampoo, and then cleaned the eye lids and as close to the conjunctiva as I could. I reapeated this every couple of hours throughout the day. The weeping was significantly diminished. I also noticed that the next morning the eye seemed to have improved and was weeping considerably less than the morning before. She also stoped rubbing her face, and appeared to be more comfortable. I still saught anti-biotic medication from the vet to properily cure the problem.


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?

Boric Acid
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/27/2017
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Boric Acid Eyewash

Source: http://www.angelfire.com/ok5/momsforfun/HomemadeCures.html

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

Instructions:

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 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

Instructions:

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.

Source: http://www.angelfire.com/ok5/momsforfun/HomemadeCures.html


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.


Treatment Protocol
Posted by Kh (Las Vegas, NV) on 12/28/2014
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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.

Diet:

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.

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.


Herbal Eye Wash
Posted by Wishapup (Southeastern Area, Ontario, Canada) on 05/13/2013
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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 Sandy (California) on 11/12/2016

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


Colloidal Silver
Posted by Stephanie (Antelope, Ca, USA) on 08/17/2012
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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.


Eye Disease
Posted by Tami (Oklahoma City, Ok) on 05/17/2012
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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.

Eye Disease
Posted by Ange (New York) on 06/22/2020

Have you considered using organic black tea? And/ or goldenseal? You would make the tea with less water for more concentration and soak a cotton ball and squeeze in the eye... goldenseal make a homemade saline solution with a couple drops of goldenseal and do the same. Also look into Lactoferrin.


Coconut Oil
Posted by Homeremedyfan (Rochester, Ny, Usa) on 10/14/2011
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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.


Corn- Free Food
Posted by Sally (Baton Rouge, La.) on 06/06/2011
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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!

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


Dietary Changes
Posted by Cheryl (Richmond, Va) on 12/26/2010
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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!

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!!!


Tea
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?


Tea
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



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