Apple cider vinegar is Earth Clinic’s most popular home remedy for conjunctivitis (eye infection) in pets. Our readers have used this remedy for their dogs and cats. Many have been astonished that something so simple and inexpensive cured their pet’s eye infection so quickly.
How Do I Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Cure my Pet’s Conjunctivitis?
Apple cider vinegar is used for eye infections in several ways.
Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and filtered water (i.e. 1/2 cup water plus 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar.) Soak a cotton ball and apply this solution to the back of your pet’s neck (the scruff of the neck) three times a day. You will squeeze out the solution from the cotton ball onto the fur and skin of your animal. Large animals or animals with a lot of fur will need more. Some of our readers have used as much as a tablespoon or two of this solution on their larger pets. This is the safest way to cure conjunctivitis in a dog or cat.
Apple Cider Vinegar Eye Wash
Our readers also report success using a very well diluted mixture of acv on their pet’s infected eye.
Mix 2 teaspoons (NOT tablespoons) of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of filtered water. Use a cotton ball to wipe the cat or dog’s eyes three times a day. Make sure the animal’s eyes are closed when you do this. A bit will seep into the eyes and that is fine. Use a fresh cotton ball for each eye at each application to avoid spreading the infection. Both eyes should always be treated, even if only one appears to be infected.
Warning! Be sure to label each solution you prepare for treating your pet’s conjunctivitis! DO NOT want to use the solution that is 1/2 vinegar in your pet’s eyes – that is way too strong and would burn!
Apple cider vinegar can also be give internally for conjunctivitis. It can be added to a pet’s water bowl or mixed into his food. For a small animal or kitten, 1/4 teaspoon a day is plenty. For a very large dog, 2 Tablespoons a day added to a large bowl of water would not be too much. If your pet resists this method, use less apple cider vinegar, or try the external, back of the neck treatment, or the diluted eye wash.
Have you used apple cider vinegar to treat your pet’s eye infection? Please let us know how it worked for you!
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