Home Remedies for Pink Eye in Dogs

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Home Remedies for Pink Eye in Dogs
You can address a dog's pink eye with home remedies. (dog image by Michal Tudek from Fotolia.com)

According to the Dog Health Guide, pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is the most common dog eye infection. Your dog's eye will appear red or inflamed and sometimes be accompanied by an unusual drainage. Many home remedies are available to soothe your dog's discomfort, which are also relatively cheap compared to a vet bill. However, it is best to have your dog's condition affirmed by a veterinarian before you begin a round of home treatment.

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Dietary Supplements

You can use dietary supplements to treat pink eye in dogs. Some examples are Quercetin, vitamin B complex, vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc. For use of the vitamin A or C and E, you will want to use 5 to 10 mg per pound of your dog's weight. You may use these vitamins two to three times daily. Vitamin C and E will help reduce inflammation. Vitamin A is effective in supporting corneal healing. You can use cod oil by dropping it into the affected eye each day until the condition heals.

Herbal Medications

Herbal medications can apply gentle care to the infected eye. Use items such as aloe vera (the clear gel form) to reduce pain. Other items wash out the infected eye such as chamomile tea, red clover, Calendula, Eyebright tea, green tea and Saint John's wort. Combine about 10 drops of one of these herbal eyes washes with 1/4 tsp of salt in 1 cup of water. Then carefully open your dog's eye and add some drops of the remedy to it, allowing it to cleanse the eye area. You can give your dog an herbal eye tonic orally as well.

Natural Remedies

There are many natural remedies to soothe and heal pink eye in dogs. Use Apis mel for mild conjunctivitis, Pulsatilla for green-yellow discharge from the eye or Silicea for swelling. Arctium lappa (Burdock) is a cleansing herb and is excellent at detoxifying tissue and removing unwanted substances from the body. Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) is a topical antiseptic and disinfectant with pain relieving and anti-inflammatory uses. Chelidonium majus boosts the immune system and is an analgesic. Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet) is an astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory herb. Wash the eye about two or three times daily using a dropper.

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