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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This is an ongoing process. Check back for added information and more ailments.

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.

Chalazion

 

 

Chalazion is a blockage of the oily secretion from the Meibomian gland. These secretins leak into the surrounding eyelid tissues. This results in a granulomatous inflammatory response. It presents as a firm, yellow-gray mass. It is painless. Conventional treatment calls for surgical curettage through the conjunctiva and a round of antibiotics.

See articles at the left for supportive treatment before and after eye surgery.

Homeopathic

1.Homeopathic Silicea 30C: This remedy is for pus formation. Dogs needing this remedy are anxious, nervous, and excitable. They easily chill.

2. Homeopathic Hepar Sulphur: Light colored dogs needing this remedy are easily irritated especially in the evenings. They are usually thin. These are busy dogs, always into something. They may also be irritable with other animals in the household.

3. Homeopathic Staphysagria 200: Dogs needing this remedy are very sexual and given to irritable outbursts.

4. Homeopathic Calcarea fluorica: Dogs needing this remedy are depressed. This remedy is useful after surgery.

Herbal Treatment

1. Guava leaves: Place the leaf on the affected eye and then cover both with a warm damp cloth.

2. Acacia leaves: Boil a handful of the leaves in water and then drain them. Use the moist leaves as a compress on the eyelid.

Eyedrops

1. Colloidal Silver: Place one to two drops into the eye once or twice per day where irritation leads to infection.

2. Cod Liver Oil: Place one drop of cod liver oil into the eye once or twice per day where the surface of the eye has become inflamed.

3. Organic honey mixed with distilled water once or twice per day where the surface of the eye has become inflamed.

Nutritional Supplements

1. Vitamin A

2. Omega-3 fatty acid

3. Flaxseed oil

4. Folic Acid

5. Vitamin C

 

 



 

Conjunctivitis

 

 

Conjunctivitis or pink eye is inflammation of the conjunctiva. The blood vessels of the eyes become dilated. The conjunctive is the the outermost layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids. Infections viral, bacteria, and parasitic are primarily cause although pink eye can result from an allergic reaction.

These are treatments for entropion which usuall occurs with brow ptosis.

Homeopathic

1. Apis mellifica: Puffy swelling of the eyelids. The eyelids may stick together. The remedy is for dogs which feel irritable, are jealous, and are easily startled. Dogs needing this remedy are giving to whining, display jealousy, and cry out in sudden fright.

2. Argentum nitricum: With this remedy there can be swelling of the eyelids with yellowish or pus-like discharge as well as redness of the whites and inner corners of the eyes. This remedy is for dogs which are nervous, impulsive, and intolerant of heat.

3. Belladonna: Patients needing this remedy often have intense redness of the eyes, including bloodshot appearance to the whites. There may be throbbing pain or the eye may feel hot.The dog may also have a fever. Belladonna is useful when there has been a rapid onset of symptoms. The dog needing this remedy easily bites and will snap at the easiest provocation.

4. Euphrasia Officinalis: There is often a large quantity of tears that burn the eye and surrounding skin. At times a greenish or whitish discharge may form. There can also be a profuse bland discharge from the nose.

4. Hepar sulphur: When this remedy is called for, the eyes feel sore or bruised, with inflammation and burning pain. Yellow discharge can stick the eyelids shut, especially in the morning. Warm compresses and warmth in general, often make the patient feel better. The dog is sensitive to cold, light, and noise. Light colored dogs needing this remedy are easily irritated especially in the evenings. They are usually thin. These are busy dogs, always into something. They may also be irritable with other animals in the household.

5. Mercurius solubilis: Dogs needing this remedy are sensitive to both heat and cold. Discharge is greenish-yellow and can irritate the lids and margins of the eyes. The dog will have offensive breath and lots of salivation with thirst. Dogs needing this remedy are weary, wants to sleep a lot.

6. Pulsatilla pratensis: This remedy is often called for when there is a great deal of thick, yellow, itchy discharge from the eye. The discharge generally doesn't irritate the skin. The dog is very needy as well as worse in a warm room. They are also often thirstless.

7. Hepar sulphur: Dogs dig at their eyes. The whites of the eyes look red and bloodshot. Symptoms are worse from heat. Light colored dogs needing this remedy are easily irritated especially in the evenings. They are usually thin. These are busy dogs, always into something. They may also be irritable with other animals in the household.

Eye drops

1. Colloidal Silver: Place one to two drops into the eye once or twice per day where irritation leads to infection.

2. Cod Liver Oil: Place one drop of cod liver oil into the eye once or twice per day where the surface of the eye has become inflamed.

3. Organic honey mixed with distilled water once or twice per day where the surface of the eye has become inflamed.

Nutritional Supplements

1. Vitamin A is essential for the health of the eye. Supplementing with Vitamin A will accelerate the healing process.

2. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system which assists in the healing process.

3. Vitamin E is essential for the health of the eye. Supplementation will speed healing.

 

 

Abnormalities of the Nictitating Membrane or Third Eyelid

The third eyelid (nictitating membrane) does not move. The third eye moves when the eyeball is retracted into the orbit. This causes displacement of orbital fat and protrusion of the third eyelid. The third eyelid is retracted by sympathetic innervation.

Homeopathic Remedies

1. Apis mellifica is useful when the eye is bright red and very swollen. Both eyes are normally affected. The remedy is for dogs which feel irritable, are jealous, and are easily startled. Dogs needing this remedy are giving to whining, display jealousy, and cry out in sudden fright.

2. Arsenicum albun is indicated when the eye isred, swollen and infected. There is purulent discharge and a burning sen­sation, but warm compresses ease the pain. The lids may be “crusty” and eye­lashes could fall out. Dogs needing this remedy are restless, changing places often. These dogs also exhibit fearfulness.

3. Argentum nitricum: With this remedy there can be swelling of the eyelids with yellowish or pus-like discharge as well as redness of the whites and inner corners of the eyes. This remedy is for dogs which are nervous, impulsive, and intolerant of heat.

4. Belladonna: Patients needing this remedy often have intense redness of the eyes, including bloodshot appearance to the whites. There may be throbbing pain or the eye may feel hot.The dog may also have a fever. Belladonna is useful when there has been a rapid onset of symptoms. The dog needing this remedy easily bites and will snap at the easiest provocation.

Eye drops

1. Colloidal Silver: Place one to two drops into the eye once or twice per day where irritation leads to infection.

2. Cod Liver Oil: Place one drop of cod liver oil into the eye once or twice per day where the surface of the eye has become inflamed.

3. Organic honey mixed with distilled water once or twice per day where the surface of the eye has become inflamed.

Nutritional Supplements

1. Vitamin A is essential for the health of the eye. Supplementing with Vitamin A will accelerate the healing process.

2. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system which assists in the healing process.

3. Vitamin E is essential for the health of the eye. Supplementation will speed healing.

 

Horner's Syndrome

Horner’s syndrome results from damage to the sympathetic nervous system and effects the eyes and muscles of the face. Drooping eyelids, retraction of the eyeball, pupil constriction, prolapse of the third eyelid, and increased heat on the side of the head affected are all signs of the syndrome. These may occur as a result of trauma, tumor, a blood clot, diseases of the middle and inner ear, intervertebral disc disease, or diseases of the eye. Treatment depends on ascertaining the underlying cause of the condition.

Homeopathic

1. Belladona 30C: Belladonna is useful when there has been a rapid onset of symptoms. The dog needing this remedy easily bites and will snap at the easiest provocation.

2. Causticum 30C: Dogs needing this remedy have a dirty looking coat, with warts. Cold makes the symptoms worse.

Use herbal treatments and vitamin supplements, which are suitable for the underlying cause.

Neoplasms of Eyelid

Neoplasms of the dog's eyelid usually present as benign. The appearance of the eyelid usually determines the type of neoplasm.

Homeopathic Remedies

1. Graphites: Eruptions, oozing out a sticky exudation. Eyelids dry, red, and swollen. Dogs needing this remedy are stout, light colored, easily chilled, may suffer from constipation. These dogs are timid and start easily.

2. Thuja occidentalis: Eyelids are dry and scaly, agglutinated at night. Symptoms occur on the left side. Dogs are easily exhausted and emaciated. These dogs are very sensitive.

3. Nitric Acidum: Neoplasm bleeds when washed, ragged edges. Dogs may have foul smelling urine or feces. Easily chilled and prone to diarrhœa. Dogs needing this remedy are headstrong and irritable.

4. Lycopodium clavatum: Worse after warm compress. Appears on the right side. Itching, dog digs at the spot. Worse when the dog becomes heated. Offensive smell. There will be urinary and or digestive issues. These dogs fear to be left alone, are extremely sensitive, hates changes to its routine, and is a fast eater.

5. Causticum: Soreness in the folds of the skin. Neoplasm bleeds easily. Dark colored dogs need this remedy who are prone to warts, have joint issues, and are sad.

6. Carbo Animalis: The neoplasm grows slowly. Older dogs needing this remedy are confused on waking in the mornings, perfers to be alone, easily frightened, and anxious.

7. Antim crudeum: Dry, scaly skin and itching. These dogs cannot bear lying in the sun. They have a tendency toward being fat. Tongue has a white coating. Worsens after bathing. Dogs needing this remedy are irritable and fretful and cannot bear to be touched.

8. Calcaria carbonica: Skin problems do not heal well. Itching of lids, swollen, scurfy. Sensitive to cold, prone to diarrhœa, and flabby. These dogs are anxious and easily confused.

9. Sulphur: Burning and itching with ulceration at the edge of the eyelids. Skin is dry and unhealthy. Inflections after minor skin injuries. Eats large amounts but does not gain weight. These thin dogs are dirty, hate taking baths, are irritable and lazy.

10. Rhus toxicodendron: Lids inflamed, agglutinated, and swollen. Yellow pus discharge. Itching. These dogs are listless, never comfortable, always changing position.

Herbal Remedies for treating cancer

Remember herbs can have side effects. Please do your research carefully. Consult with a certified naturopath.

1. Astragalus works by stimulating the immune system. Astragalus extracts increase the activity of monocytes, natural killer cells, and lymphocytes. This occurs even when their activity is suppressed by substances such as steroids. Astragalus reversed immune suppression from cyclophosphamide (a commonly used chemotherapy drug.)

2. Podophyllum peltatum (May Apple) contains anti-cancer, anti-viral, and anti-mitotic compounds. This plant is safe to use topically, it is poisonous when ingested.

3. Uncaria tormentosa (Cats Claw) contains compounds which stimulate the activity of specific immune cells known as phagocytes and T-helper cells. It slows some of the processes that cause inflammation, enhance DNA repair, and may reduce certain chemotherapy side effects.

4. Larrea tridentata (Chaparra) has been used by Native Americans to treat a variety of illnesses including cancer. It contains an ingredient called nor-dihihydroguairetic (NDGA), a potent antitumor agent. NDGA inhibits aerobic and anaerobic glycolysis (the energy-producing ability) of cancer cells. The flavonoids present in chaparral have strong antiviral and antifungal properties.

 

Nutritional Supplements

1. Vitamin A is essential for the health of the eye. Supplementing with Vitamin A will accelerate the healing process.

2. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system which assists in the healing process.

3. Vitamin E is essential for the health of the eye. Supplementation will speed healing.