Bright shiny eyes of a healthy dog
Homeopathic remedies can be used to treat and cure a variety of dog eye problems that people encounter frequently. Some symptoms you should watch for include excessive tearing, redness around the eye, cloudiness, light avoidance or repeatedly rubbing the eye or face against the ground. Homeopathy has been used as a treatment for pink eye and dry eye to relieve painful and uncomfortable conditions.
This specialized treatment called homeopathy was developed over 200 years ago by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann; many dogs are treated based on his founding principles today. If a substance causes symptoms in a healthy dog, it can also cure symptoms in an unhealthy one that is similar in nature. Small amounts of natural drugs containing minerals, animal materials or plants are given to the patient inducing similar symptoms of the disease on a smaller scale to cause the immune system to take over and resolve the issues.
Dog Pink Eye (Dog Conjunctivitis)
Eye Bright is a dried herb that can be used to make a soothing compress consisting of 1 tbsp. of herb mixed with 0.5 L of water and boiled for 10 minutes. Use the cooled liquid compress over the eyes for about 5 to 10 minutes as a topical healing agent.
Newton Homeopathics Eye Care is a premixed product used to combat inflammation, irritation and infection from sand, dust or foreign objects. Place 3 drops (small dogs) or 6 drops (large dogs) in the mouth 2 to 6 times per day until the symptoms disappear.
The symptoms of dog conjunctivitis are excessive tearing, reddening in the eyes and the dogs’ tendency to avoid sunlight. There may be a watery or thick green, white, yellow or bloody discharge in one or both eyes. In addition, he may act weak or listless and try to rub or scratch his eyes against other surfaces as if itching. Pink eye can be spread as an air borne bacteria or by physical contact or develop through small injuries to the eye.
Dry Eye (Keratoconjunctivitis sicca)
Cod liver oil is an ingredient to be added to eye drops by your veterinarian. Fish oil contains vitamin A, which is an excellent way to nourish the eye. Using the drops 4 times a day will ensure that the eyes will stay moist and relieve the symptoms of dry eye.
An herbal eyewash can be used to rinse out a dogs eyes providing relief from symptoms and prevention of infections in the future. The eyewash can be made with any one ingredient of St. John’s Wort, Eyebright, Echinachea or Calendula. Use 10 drops of 1 herb with 1 cup of boiled distilled water and 1/4 tsp. of salt. Apply this solution to your pet’s eyes for immediate relief of dry eye symptoms.
Lack of proper tear production deprives the eye from oxygen and nutrients resulting in dry eye. Too little tears can result in destructive changes, and steps need to be implemented to resolve the lack of tears.