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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Natural Conjunctivitis Remedies Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Right eye is red, also has a red line in pupil

Dec. 26, 2020

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Dr. Sara O. DVM

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Hello this may be due to allergies but could be an eye infection. You can use allergy eye drops that you can get over the counter at most drug stores.. if this does not improve, it would be best for your dog to see you vet for prescription antibiotic drops.

Dec. 26, 2020

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She has the bottom part of her lid is pink and a lil swollen

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Dr. Linda S. MVB MRCVS

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What a sweetheart. It looks as though her 3rd eyelid is slightly elevated. There can be many causes for this including conjunctivitis, an ulcer, Horners Syndrome etc A vet must assess her eyes and determine the best course of treatment which may be eye drops.

Dec. 4, 2020

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Red In Thw Whites Of One Eye Pupil Seems Mishaped. She Is Blind In That Eye As Well

Trying to determine if its cause by conjunctivitis. She has had it before. Unfortunately i discovered her eye was clouded over and didnt realized it immediately. I cleaned it by using cotton ball dipped in mixture of sea salt and water. In the beginning she had a greenish discharge. Now none at all but the redness is still there no inflammation that i can tell. But seems like the redness isnt going away and her pupil looks off. Otherwise she eats and plays like normal.

Sept. 25, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. I apologize for the delay, this venue is not set up for urgent emails. Dogs can develop glaucoma, and that eye looks like it needs medical attention. If they are still having problems, It would be best to have your pet seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine them, see what might be going on, and get any testing or treatment taken care of that might be needed.

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Second day in a row where our dog has had continuous greenish/yellow discharge from his right eye. After wiping it away, it comes back fairly soon after. He seems ok otherwise though.

Sept. 17, 2020

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Jessica N. DVM

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Hello- Thank you for your question. If he is having that amount of mucous coming from the eye multiple times per day I think it would be a good idea to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. He or she can evaluate the eye, perform a stain to rule out a scratch, and prescribe medication to get the eye back to normal. I hope he feels better soon.

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Swollen Right Eye And Discharge

What can he have and how to treat without going to vet

July 22, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. There is not a way to determine what is going on with your dog's eye without having him seen. There may be an ulcer, there may be a tumor, there may be cancer, or there may be an abscess. Without being able to see your dog, there is no way to say what might be going on. It would be best to have your dog seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible, as they can look at the eye, see what is going on, and get the right treatment. I hope that all goes well for your dog.

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I noticed yesterday my dog had abnormal eye goop in the one eye. It is a greenish puss. His eye has some redness and is slightly puffy along the inside waterline. He has no drive to irritate it further. This morning he is pressing it up against a cushion like surface to keel it closed. And the puss is proceeding to drain.

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Jack

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I have a pure bred Rottweiler, he’s half gladiator rott. For about a month he has had extremely goopy eye boogers but he also yelps sometimes when scratching his ears. He also paws at his eyes every time I clean the funk off. I don’t have money to take him to the vet but desperately want to make him better. Any suggestions?

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I noticed the other day in my rescue dog Marlie that the outline of her eyes are red and swollen and contain mucus but it's just from buildup from her last shower. My original guess was a small fight she must've had with my other dog because we have a clean house which cancels out pollutants. She doesn't have any allergies either. I already bought her a cone to prevent scratching as well as eye drops to help her but I don't know what else I can do. I might try using natural remedies as well to ease the itch, but from what I can see, it's not painful. Any advice on what else I can do?

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