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.

Lagophthalmos

 

 

Lagophthalmos is the inability to blink. This can lead to exposure keratitis. Facial nerve dysfunction is the common cause of this disorder. Temporary lagophthalmos sometimes occurs after total ear canal ablation and bulla osteotomy surgery. The cornea needs to be kept moist with a preservative-free tear ointment. If the dog has permanent lagophthalmos surgery may be indicated.

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

Homeopathic

1.Homeopathic Physostigma venenosum: Dogs needing this remedy are insecure and inattentive.

2. Homeopathic Lycopus virginicus: Dogs needing this remedy are very active in the evening, showing a great deal of restlessness and nervousness.

Herbal Treatment

1. Triphala (The three fruits contained in Triphala are Haritaki, Amalaki and Bibhitaki.) Form a paste with distilled water and place on the eyelids. This is an Ayurvedic Formula.

The following treatments are for dry eyes which occur with Lagophthalmos.

Herbs

1. Evening Prime Rose Use for dogs suffering from tear secretion failure.

2. Eyebright (Euphrasia) is used in treating eye related problems including dry eyes.

3. Chamomile helps restore moisture to dry eyes.

4. Fennel helps restore moisture to dry eyes.

5. Bilberry provides nutrients that nourish the eyes, improve vision and prevent damage to the structure of the eye.

6. Chrysanthemum helps with inflammation of the eyes, dry eye, weeping eyes, and blurred vision.

7. Oakstraw

8. Elderberry Sambucus

9. Black Current oil

Eyedrops

Codliver oil drops to the eyes.

Nutritional Supplements

1. Potassium: Low levels of potassium can lead to dry eyes.

2. Vitamin A: Low levels of Vitamin A can lead to dry eyes.

3. Omega-3 fatty acid was shown to improve tear production.

4. Flaxseed oil was shown to improve tear production. (Do not apply to the eyes.)

5. Folic Acid is essential for tear production.

6. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system.

 

 

 



 

Brow Ptosis

 

 

Dogs with brow ptosis have very heavy brows. This can lead to entropion of the upper eyelids. When this interferes with vision and leads to corneal abnormalities brow life surgery is indicated.

This is an inherited disease. The only treatment which offers long term relief is surgery. See articles at the left for supportive treatment before and after eye surgery.

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

Homeopathic

1. Homeopathic Borax: Potency 200, this remedy is indicated for lashes which irritate the surface of the eye. Dogs needing borax are nervous animals and very sensitive to noise. The eyes may exhibit a white discharge.

2. Homeopathic Calcarea carbonica: Dogs needing this remedy are flabby, maybe large boned, have a tendency to eat undigestable items, light colored, and hates cold weather. These dogs are sensitive to light and the eyelids may be swollen.

These suggestions support eye health and treat infections or injuries.

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.

 

 

Instability of the Lateral Canthus

A primary defect or laxity of the retractor anguli oculi lateralis muscle and/or the lateral canthal tendon leads to instability of the lateral canthus.

This is an inherited disease. The only treatment which offers long term relief is surgery. See articles at the left for supportive treatment before and after eye surgery.

If dry eyes occur then try the dry eye treatment under Brow Ptosis on this page.

Meibomitis

An Staphylococcal infection of Meibomian glands is the basis of meibomitis. Yellow, purulent pus is secreted. The conjunctival surface shows linear yellow-white inflammatory infiltrates perpendicular to the eyelid margin. Topical and systemic antibiotics and warm compresses are the treatment of choice. The dog may also need corticosteroids.

Homeopathic

1. Homeopathic Antimonium crudum: Redness & inflammation of the eyelids, Mucus in canthi especially in morning with dry crusts on lids. Dogs needing this remedy cannot tolerate heat and are overweight. They may have a white coating to the tongue and are irritable.

2. Argentum Nitricum: Severe infection as an underlying cause. Dogs needing this remedy cannot tolerate heat, look older than their years, and has are flatulent.

3. Borax: Eyelashes turned inwards. Dogs needing borax are nervous animals and very sensitive to noise. The eyes may exhibit a white discharge.

4. Clematis erecta: Sore and swollen meibomian glands. Dogs needing this remedy are very thin, sensitive to the cold, and sleep a lot.

5. Graphites: Presents with ulcers of the eye. Graphites is indicated for dogs which are obese, unhealthy, with skin conditions. This is indicated for timid dogs.

6. Homeopathic Mercurius solubilis: The dog feels worse at night, is sensitive to both hot and cold, and is mistrustful. If there is pus it will be thin, green in color, with a bad smell.

7. Homeopathic Petroleum: Dogs needing this remedy will have skin around the eyes which is dry and scaly. Dogs show irritability.

8. Homeopathic Staphisgaria: Dogs needing this remedy have a strong sexual drive, are sensitive, and prone to aggression.

9. Homeopathic Sulphur: Chronic infection.

10. Homeopathic Tellurium metallicum: The eyelids are thickened & inflamed with pustules, pale, red, edematous and oozing. Dogs needing this remedy do not like be touched, especially on the back.

Warm Compresses

5 minutes of treatment with warm towel compresses (40°C) applied to the skin of closed eyelids increased the tear film lipid layer thickness by more than 80%

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. Homogenized 2% castor oil eye drops six times daily.

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.

 

Hordeolum (Stye)

A stye is an inflammation of the glands of Zeis or Moll (external hordeolum) or Meibomian gland (internal hordeolum). There is pain when the area is manipulated. Hot packs will help in the drainage of the stye. Topical antibiotic ointment may be indicated.

Homeopathic Remedies

1. Homeopathic Apis mellifica - Pinkish edema of the eyelid with stinging and burning pain. Edema and pain are relieved by cold compresses. Dogs needing Apis are jealous. They whine or may scream out.

2. Homeopathic Belladonna: Tender red lump on the eyelid with throbbing pain, the eye is sensitive to light. Dogs needing Belladonna has an acuteness of the senses, always on the alert, always ready to bite.

3. Homeopathic Euphrasia officinalis: Eyelids are stuck together, red conjunctiva.

4. Homeopathic Hepar sulphur: Eyelids stuck together with purulent discharge. The dog is irritable and touchy. A warm compress speeds the rupture and relieves the pain.

5. Homeopathic Pulsatilla pratensis: Inflamed eyelids, stuck together with yellowish discharge, symptoms are alleviated by cold compresses, painless or with mild pain, upper eyelid. Dogs needing this remedy are shy and timid. They areprone to recurrent stys.

6. Homeopathic Silicea terra: Prevents recurrent styes. Dogs needing this remedy are nervous and excitable.

7. Homeopathic Staphysagria: Chalazion, a lump in the eyelid that is not painful.

Eye Compress

Chamomille eye compress. Steep 1 tsp. dried chamomile in 1 cup distilledhot water. Strain the herb out, then soak a cloth in the liquid and place it on your closed eye for five to 10 minutes.

Eyebright: Steep one handful of dried eyebright in a bowlful of boiling distilled water. When cool apply to eye.

Potato: Grate the potato, wrap it in cheesecloth, and apply it to the stye.

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.

4. Goldenseal mixed with distilled water four times per day.

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.

Blepharitis

Edema of the eyelids. Blepharedema occurs due to trauma, allergies, insect bites, secondary to orbital abscess, and vasculitis. Treatment depends on the underlying cause.

See Meibomitis above. The treatment for Blephartis is the same as that for Meibomitis.

Brachycephalic Ocular Syndrome

Brachycephalic breeds can have palpebral fissures that are too long to provide adequate coverage of their prominent globes because they have overly large eyelid openings. This causes their eyes to become dry due to insufficient lubricant of the ocular surface. This can lead to Medial canthal entropion, epiphora and tear staining, trichiasis, reduced corneal sensitivity, tear deficiencies, and shallow orbits. Medial canthopasty is the preferred surgery.

This is an inherited disease. If homeopathy does not work, the only treatment which offers long term relief is surgery. See articles at the left for supportive treatment before and after eye surgery.

See treatment for Dry Eye (page 2) which can occur with this disorder.

Onchocercosis

Onchocerca lupi, a filarioid of zoonotic concern, infects dogs and cats causing ocular lesions of different degrees, from minor to severe. However, infected animals do not always display overt clinical signs, rendering the diagnosis of the infection obscure to the majority of veterinarians. Canine onchocercosis has been reported in the Old World and the information on its occurrence in the United States, as well as its pathogenesis and clinical management is still meagre. Dogs display subconjunctival and episcleral nodules, which were surgically removed. Whitish filaria-like parasites were morphologically and molecularly identified as O. lupi.

No natural treatment is available at this time. However, boosting the immune system by providing a whole food diet rather than processed dog food. Using supplements such as Vitamins C, E, A, and Omega fatty acids which strengthen the immune system and the are essential to eye health would be indicated.

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