Natural Eye Drops for Dogs

Natural eye drops for dogs are a safe and non-chemical way of relieving inflammation and discomfort due to eye infections or other disorders of the eye. Eye infections are common in dogs and can be caused by allergies, irritants, toxins or bacteria, or they may be an indication of an underlying disease or condition. Many times, the ingredients in natural eye drops can clear dog eye infections quickly and safely, without any unwanted side effects. Often, these natural ingredients can even promote ongoing eye health for your dog. Natural eye drops can be purchased at local natural food stores, pet stores and online. It's even possible to mix herbal ingredients to make your own right at home.

Treating Dog Eye Infection

Whether you decide to purchase natural eye drops, or make them yourself, it's a good idea to decide which herbal ingredients you prefer to use, based upon the affect those herbs are intended to have. Always clean the dog's eyes with warm water before applying the herbal solution. Use an eyedropper or cotton ball to administer the solution 2 to 3 times daily. If you have trouble administering the solution as drops, you may choose to apply a warm compress of the natural solution.

Ingredients in Natural Eye Drops

Herbal remedies provide natural treatment for sickness, infection and disease. Herbs each have different properties that can provide fast relief and/or ongoing well-being. There are many common herbs that are great for treating eye infections in dogs, and can be included in a mixture for natural eye drops. Mix a quarter of a teaspoon of saline solution (salt) with one cup of distilled water. Add about 10 drops of your preferred herbal tincture.

  • Eyebright, part of the snapdragon family, is one of the better choices for treating the eyes. Eyebright has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. It tightens the mucous membranes of the eye, therefore being very effective at treating stinging and weeping eyes or chronic inflammation.
  • Tetterwort can be used to combat infection, sharpen sight and kill pain. This herb is also known for its ability to boost the immune system and may be a good choice for dogs who have eye infections as a side effect of an underlying disease or condition.
  • Goldenseal, part of the buttercup family, also has anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for many years as a multi-purpose remedy. This herb is best known for its ability to kill bacteria, fungus and viruses.
  • Meadowsweet is excellent for soothing and healing infections like conjunctivitis in dogs. Its astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great choice for natural eye drops for dogs.
  • Burdock contains detoxifying properties. This herb is recommended for remedy if a foreign body or toxic substance is causing eye problems in your dog.
  • Calendula has many uses, with only one being a great eyewash for conjunctivitis. This herb is soothing with antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties.
  • Chamomile provides antiseptic properties as well as acts as a pain reliever and sedative. The best way to apply a remedy with chamomile is using a cooled tea bag compress.