Conjunctivitis in Dogs

Natural Treatments for Conjunctivitis in Dogs

Conjunctivitis is an itchy inflammation of the tissue that coats the eye and the lining of the eyelids (conjunctiva) It is as common in dogs as it is in humans. Conjunctivitis can be an issue by itself or because of another eye problem. While often only one eye is affected, conjunctivitis can spread to both.

Symptoms include redness, puffy eyelids, watery eyes, stringy discharge, pawing at the eyes, squinting and eyelids that stick together.

Causes for conjunctivitis can vary from simply airborne particles that irritate the eye, dryness, or a more serious underlying cause.

At the first sign of these symptoms, it is best to take your dog to the vet. He can tell what type of conjunctivitis you’re dealing with.

If it is a simple conjunctivitis you may be able to treat it in a more natural way:

Clean eye with some cotton wool soaked in warm water to clean discharge if any. Just clean around the eye, not over it.

Dogs with watery discharge may be helped by applying a moist teabag (plain tea) to the eyes. The tea bag should be held against the eye for a few minutes. The tea’s tannin content helps sooth the eye and reduce inflammation.

A saline solution (without disinfectants) may be useful to clean or flush the eye offering relief.

Applying a Homeopathic ointment with Euphrasia in it, can help relieve symptom.

The Homeopathic remedy Euphrasia can also be taken orally to help relieve conjunctivitis symptoms. Another remedy you can think of is Apis especially when there is swelling and the cause could be allergic.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


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The information contained in this website is not intended to replace guidance from your veterinarian. Bowen Therapy and Homeopathy are complementary to veterinary treatment and the general care of the animal.