Holistic Alternatives for Canine Eye Disease
Eye Disorders

 

These are suggested treatments for canine disease. All Things Canid is not responsible for the success or failure of these alternative treatments. Each animal and each disease presentation is unique. Research each alternative treatment and consult with a certified Naturopath. If you would like an individual holistic counseling session, Please contact Dr. Debra Venable-Ball.

 

 

 

 

 

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On the left are articles which will help explain each vitamin, mineral, herb, or remedy listed. Research thoroughly each suggestion and speak with a trained naturopath to help you further understand these natural remedies.

Cataracts

 

 

Cataracts can result from disease, old age, genetics or trauma to the eye. Cataracts can be present at birth or develop when a dog is between one and three years of age. A high-incidence of cataracts is also often attributed to diabetes.

Homeopathic

1. Homeopathic Cineraria maritima has been used for over one hundred years to safely and effectively treat cataract. It is a treatment of choice in Europe, India and South America.

2. Homeopathic Arnica Montana 30c daily for cataracts as a result of traumatic injury.

3. Homeopathic Hamamelis virginiana 200 for traumatic injury with hemorrhage into the iris, or abrasion of the cornea, or blood in anterior chamber or dark vitreous from hemorrhage that hides the fundus.

4. Homeopathic Kali c.200 for cataracts with increasing fine, radiating striae in the lens substance.

5. Homeopathic Lac caninum for cataracts where the eyes were sensitive to light and where hemorrhage of the retina has occurred.

6. Homeopathic Zincum for cataracts where itching of the eye is involved with conjunctival irritation and a tendency to agglutination. This is indicated where the dog is nervous and irritable.

Natural substances

1. Pascalite, bentonite clay. Make a paste of the clay and apply the paste to the eyelids. Make eyedrops by filtering distilled water through the clay.

Herbs

1. Cineraria Maritima (Dusty Miller) Dissolve the mother tincture in saline water to make eyedrops.

Nutritional Supplements

1. Alpha Lipoic Acid eliminates free radicals in the body and helps restore ideal levels of Vitamins A and C, which are essential for eye health.

2. Lutein and Zeaxanthin protects the eyes from cataract development.

3. Vitamin C is found to reduce the incident and progression of nuclear and cortical cataracts.

4. Vitamin E is found to reduce the incident and progression of nuclear and cortical cataracts.

5. Beta-carotene is found to reduce the incidence of cataracts.

Acupuncture

 

 



 

Lens Luxation

 

 

The lens is held in place behind the iris and the pupil by tiny strands called zonules. Disruption of the zonules can cause the lens to move out of its normal position. This is called luxation. When a lens is only partially held by some zonules, it is referred to as a subluxated lens. When a lens is no longer held by any zonules, it is called a luxated lens. Primary lens luxation can be inherited. The zonules are defect and weaken and break with time. Secondary lens luxation is just that is a secondary problem associated with another (primary) eye problem. Trauma to the eye or head can also cause lens luxation.

Little can be done for lens luxation except supportive care and strengthening of the immune system. Recent studies have indicated that dogs can continue to see even with lens luxation. See "outcomes of nonsurgical management" in references.

Homeopathic

1. Homeopathic Silicea strengthens connective tissue in breeds prone to luxation.

Supplementation that will support the eye and reduce secondary development of glaucoma.

1. CoQ10 Mitochondrial dysfunction has been implicated in neuronal apoptosis and shown to play a role in experimental glaucoma. Coenzyme Q10 is a cofactor which plays a crucial role in energy production via the mitochondrial electron transport chain and also has strong antioxidant properties.

2. Melatonin has been shown to neutralize free radicals and activate some antioxidative enzymes.

3. Omega 3 fatty acids stem the development of all degenerative eye disorders.

4. Vitamins A, C and E have antioxidant properties, which fight free radicals that can damage the lens of the eye.

5. Zinc is necessary for good visions and protects the eye from damage. It is found in healthy retinal tissue.

6. Alpha Lipoic Acid is an antioxicant needed to support biological functions which can diminish due to aging.

7. Lutein protects the eyes against damage from ultraviolet radiation.

Herbs

1. Bilberry is rich in antioxidant anthocyanosises which protect eye health.

2. Eyebright (Euphrasia) is used in treating eye related problems, as well as slowing down progressive vision weakness due to age.

Acupuncture

 

Nuclear Sclerosis

Lenticular sclerosis or nuclear sclerosis is a bluish transparent "haze" in the lens of eye is a normal development in in middle-aged to senior dogs. Vision does not appear to be significantly affected in dogs diagnosed with lenticular sclerosis.

Homeopathic

1. Cineraria maritima increases circulation in the intraocular tissues.

2. Calcarea carbonica is indicated when the dog is overweight.

3. Calacarea fluorica is indicated in dogs who are also experiencing joint pain and fibrous growths.

4. Causticum is indicated in dogs which rub their eyes and have muscular stiffness, especially in the cold.

5. Natrum muriaticum is indicated for dogs which are reserved and avoid lying in the sun. The eyes appear weak.

6. Phosphorus is indicated in dogs which like to be with people and other dogs but tire easily.

7. Silicea is indicated for dogs which chill easily and have low resistance to infection. They will have a thin coat and nails which break easily. They often exhibit swollen lymph nodes

8. Sepia is indicated if the dog's eyelids twitch.

Herbs

1. Euphrasia (Eyebright) is excellent in treating Lenticular sclerosis or cataracts where the eyes water or there is itching.

2. Ginkgo affects ocular blood flow, protects the optic nerve and affects the immune system.

Acupuncture