Dogs and cats can get infections in their eyes, commonly called conjunctivitis, or pink eye. Natural remedies for eye infections in pets include apple cider vinegar, boric acid solution, and coconut oil. Eye infections in pets, no matter the cause, usually respond quickly to home treatment
What Causes Eye Infections in Dogs and Cats?
Pets can get bacterial and viral infections in their eyes. Sometimes this will accompany a respiratory infection. Foreign particles in the eye can also lead to irritation and infection. Allergies can also cause discharge from the eyes, eye irritation and bloodshot eyes.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Eye Infections in Pets
Diluted apple cider vinegar is an excellent remedy for eye infections in pets.
Apple Cider Vinegar is an effective natural remedy that over 50 of our readers have used to cure eye infections in their cats and dogs! Read more tips and feedback from our readers here.
Our video will show you two easy and gentle ways to use apple cider vinegar topically to treat your dog or cat’s eye infection, and you don’t even have to touch their eyes!
Boric Acid Solution
Boric acid solution is an old fashioned remedy for infections. Boric acid solution is gentle, easy to make and easy to apply. Boric acid solution will fight bacteria, viruses, and help to wash foreign particles from the eye. Boric acid is a common ingredient in over the counter eye wash solutions.
Colloidal silver fights bacteria, viruses and fungus. To use it to treat pink eye in your pet, simply put two drops of colloidal silver into each eye twice a day for two days.
Black tea or chamomile tea makes a wonderfully soothing remedy for eye infections. Simply brew a cup of tea. Do not sweeten the tea. Allow the tea to cool. Use cottonballs to apply the tea to generously apply the tea to the eyelids. You don’t have to get it directly into the eyes, some will seep in at the corners of the eyes. This remedy can be used 2-3 times each day until the infection resolves.
Coconut oil soothes inflammation and fights infections. Using a soft cloth, apply a pea sized amount of coconut oil to your pets eyes, wiping from the inside corner of the eye to the outside corner of the eye.
Read reviews from Earth Clinic readers on the above remedies to see how successful they were.
How Long Do Natural Remedies Take to Heal Eye Infections?
Once you begin to use a natural remedy for eye infections, you will often see results within 12 hours. If you do not see results within 24 hours, you may wish to try another remedy. If the infection gets worse or is accompanied by other symptoms, you should consult a trusted veterinarian.
Always treat both eyes when you are dealing with an eye infection, even if only one eye appears to be infected. It is very common for eye infections to spread quickly.
Always wash your hands thoroughly after treating your pet’s eyes so that you do not contaminate yourself or other pets in your house.
If you are using a topical treatment, use a fresh cotton ball for each eye, each time you apply a remedy.
It is best to continue treating each eye for several days after the infection appears to be resolved, unless you are using colloidal silver, which only needs to be used for 2 days.
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