What are Natural Conjunctivitis Remedies?

Conjunctivitis, commonly called pink eye, is a common ailment of the eye in dogs. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctival membrane that covers the back of your dog's eyelid and the surface of their eyeball. Conjunctivitis can be viral or caused by reactions to allergens, pollutants, and irritants that result in watery or mucousy discharge. Purulent conjunctivitis is a more serious infection caused by streptococcus and/or Staphylococcus bacteria, and discharge is mucousy, and can contain pus. Eyelid crusting is common in these cases. Other causes of inflammation in your dog's eyes may be keratitis or glaucoma, which are both serious eye conditions requiring veterinary treatment. 

Before determining whether to address conjunctivitis with natural remedies it is important to ensure you know what condition you are dealing with. Veterinary advice is recommended for eye symptoms including red eyes with or without discharge. If purulent conjunctivitis, keratitis or glaucoma are present, your dog will require veterinary care and medications. Less serious conjunctivitis can be treated with natural remedies. A holistic veterinarian may be able to advise you on appropriate treatments which may include herbal eye drops and washes.

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Natural Conjunctivitis Remedies Procedure in Dogs

Ensure that you receive diagnosis and advice from a veterinarian or holistic veterinarian to determine the nature of your dog's eye condition prior to using natural remedies to treat conjunctivitis.

The first step is to keep your dog's eye clean and lubricated.

Herbal eye drops can be administered to your dog. Use a formula consisting of 1 cup of water, ¼ tsp of salt and 10 drops of one of the following:

  • Eyebright
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • Red clover
  • Goldenseal

Using a dropper, rinse the affected eye or eyes, two or three times a day. You can also apply a sterile cloth soaked in a tea made from the solution, and apply as a compress to your dog's eyes, holding to the affected area for several minutes. Compress material should be discarded after use. 

Commercial herbal eye drop remedies are also available for your dog. A holistic veterinarian can recommend an appropriate treatment. Herbal remedies such as Green Tea Wash or Aloe Vera Clear Gel can be instilled into the eye.

Dietary supplements such as Vitamins C and E, administered orally, may reduce inflammation and aid with healing. Vitamin A is useful for stimulating healing in the cornea and can also be given supplementally. 

Immune system support can be provided with echinacea glycerite, approximately 30 drops, can be added to your dog's water daily to help with immune system functioning. Additional supplements that aid the immune system include, vitamin B complex, quercetin and zinc. Cod liver oil can be instilled into your dog’s eye, one drop daily; the fatty oils have beneficial properties to aid in lubrication and healing of the eye.

Efficacy of Natural Conjunctivitis Remedies in Dogs

Symptoms of mild conjunctivitis can be eased or resolved with natural remedies which include dietary supplements to support the immune system, lubrication of the eye to counteract dry eye, and instillation of herbal remedies to reduce inflammation and itching. Serious cases of conjunctivitis, where bacteria is a factor or other eye diseases are present, require treatment available from your veterinarian. Ensure that you know what form of conjunctivitis or eye disorder your dog is experiencing prior to attempting natural treatments.

Natural Conjunctivitis Remedies Recovery in Dogs

Recovery from conjunctivitis with natural remedies can take several days to a few weeks. If symptoms persist or worsen, you should obtain veterinary care for your dog's eye condition.

Cost of Natural Conjunctivitis Remedies in Dogs

The cost of consultations with a holistic veterinarian ranges from $50 to $150. Commercially available herbal eye drops can range from $10-$30. The cost of homemade preparations is minimal.

Dog Natural Conjunctivitis Remedies Considerations

Because the eye is a delicate organ, damage from untreated bacterial infection can occur quickly and purulent conjunctivitis should receive appropriate medical treatment as soon as possible. Less serious forms of conjunctivitis caused by allergies or viruses can be treated less expensively with natural remedies. Commercially available medications and herbal remedies may be easier and less time consuming to use than home-prepared remedies.

Natural Conjunctivitis Remedies Prevention in Dogs

Keep your dog's eye clean by trimming hair from around eyes and wiping dirt and discharge accumulation daily with a clean cloth. Ensure that if your dog suffers from dry eyes, you provide lubrication to prevent irritation from occurring. Ensure your dog has a healthy diet, complete with immune system supplementation if you see signs of illness or symptoms in your dog.