Natural Home Remedies for A Dog’s Eye Infection
16 October, 2017
Eye infections are very common in dogs. It is important to treat an eye infection immediately as they are highly contagious and can lead to more serious eye issues. If you suspect that your dog has an eye infection, call your veterinarian to make an appointment. There are also some home remedies that are a safe and natural way to help an eye infection. Home remedies are especially effective at the beginning of the infection.
Symptoms of an eye infection
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. Watch your dog’s body language-pawing or rubbing his eye area may alert you to possible problems. Eye infections can also be caused from viruses, trauma or allergic reactions to various items in the environment.
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.
Natural, home remedies are a healthy, cost effective way to provide relief for your dog
Natural remedies are great way to get cost effective relief for your dog. They don’t take much time to prepare and most have proven to be very effective. These remedies are not harmful to your dog, as long as your dog isn’t allergic to any of the ingredients.
1. Saline Solution is easy to make and very effective
Saline solution is easy to make and very effective in curing eye infections. Mix a teaspoon of salt with warm water and use a cotton ball to wipe away any discharge or debris that you see. Try to wipe from the corner of the eye outward and be careful not to touch his eyeball as you don’t want to scratch the cornea.
2. Chamomile tea is known to be very effective in helping dog eye infections
Make a mug of Chamomile tea and let it steep for a few minutes. After it has cooled enough to be only warm to the touch, remove the tea bag. You can use the tea bag directly on your dog’s eye to reduce the infection. You can use this method a few times a day until the infection has died off.
3. Vitamin A, C and Bioflavinoids are good antioxidants that can help your dogs’ eyes!
Vitamin A, C and bioflavinoids can minimize the length of an eye infection. These supplements can also help boost your dog’s immune system and prevent the potential for a further outbreak of an eye infection. Try choosing the most natural supplement that has a minimal number ingredients to ensure that your dog isn’t ingesting anything that might give him an adverse reaction.
4. Super Solution
In a cup you can add 10 drops of red clover, chamomile, St. John’s wort, eyebright or calendula. Add one cup of distilled or filtered water and 1 tsp of salt. Use this solution to rinse out the dog’s eye with an eyedropper 2-3 times a day. This will help reduce the irritation and inflammation of the dog eye infection, promoting a better healing process.
Some dog eye infections could be past the point of home remedies and may need medical attention. If there is yellow pus or blood oozing from the eye you should make a trip to the vet. A dog that is lethargic or lacks an appetite, can’t open their eye or has contracted the infection from any type of trauma requires a trip to the vet right away.
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