Eye Infections In Dogs – Not Fun But Can Be Cured
24 January, 2012
My friend, Tracy, has a dog named Bella who is the sweetest Labrador in the world! But, she always has eye infections. I thought I would do some research to find out more about them and to see if I can help her and Bella.
As it happens, eye infections in dogs are a common condition; however, they need to be dealt with immediately. Dogs, especially puppies, are prone to various kinds of eye infections and it may take some time before the symptoms start appearing. Eye infections need a lot of care to be treated appropriately or else they could lead to the development of various other more severe eye conditions.
Along with medications, eye infection home remedies can help cure dog eye infections while providing a great amount of relief to the suffering dog and their owners.
My eyes hurt!
Dog Eye Infection Symptoms
The most common and visible symptom of an eye infection is the inflammation and redness of the eye. This symptom is usually accompanied by thick, colored discharge from the eyes. You will also notice that your dog tries to constantly rub its’ eyes on the floor or any other object.
Squinting, cloudiness and inability to open the eyes may also be indications of an eye infection in your dog. The infection might be caused by bacteria, viruses, or a foreign object that irritates the inner eye of the dog.
Dog Eye Infection Home Remedies
Eye infections are highly contagious and it is important to get them treated immediately, especially if you own two dogs. You can easily treat an eye infection by using antibiotics recommended by your veterinarian. There are also some home remedies that are a safe and natural way to get rid of the eye infection. Home remedies are especially beneficial at the beginning of the infection.
Below are a few effective home remedies for a dog’s eye infection.
1. As soon as you notice an infection, the first thing you need to do is to wash your dog’s infected eye with saline water. Mix half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of mineral water, stir it well and splash this water onto the dog eyes. With a clean cotton ball, wipe off any discharge or debris that you can see.
2. Another good home remedy is to wash the dog’s eye with lemon juice. Squeeze half a lemon and use the juice to wash and flush out debris from the dog’s eye several times a day.
3. You can also dilute some apple cider vinegar in water and apply this to the eye and the surrounding areas to ease the pain and inflammation associated with the eye infection.
4. Try preparing some chamomile tea and allow it to cool down thoroughly. Soak a cotton ball in the tea and cleanse the dog’s eye with it.
5. Prepare an herbal eye drop for your dog’s eyes by mixing together equal proportions of herbal extracts like calendula, chamomile, and red clover. Use a dropper to pour the solution into the dog’s eyes, three times a day.
I hope all of these tips help and that your dog’s eye infection does not last long.