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.

Distichiasis

 

 

Distichiasis is a condition where eyelashes emerge from the ducts of the Meibomian gland within the eyelid. This is abnormal. These eyelashes often rub on the surface of the eye causing irritation. Distichiasis is breed-related often found in retrievers, spaniels, poodles, Shih Tzus, and Weimeranas.

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.

Homeopathic

1. Homeopathic Borax is indicated for lashes which turn inward and 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 is is indicated for lashes which turn inward and irritate the surface of the eye. Dogs benefiting from this remedy are usually obese dogs or dogs which have experienced developmental problems from puppyhood. These dogs are usually light colored dogs.

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. Eyebright eye drops or as a compress relieves inflammation.

4. Chamomile tea can be used to clean discharge from the outside of the eye.

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.

 

 



 

Trichiasis

 

 

Trichiasis is the term used to describe hairs located in normal sites around the eye but are misdirected toward the eyeball or the cornea. This occurs in breeds with long facial hair. Trichiasis is a common cause of excess tearing and staining. The hair draws the tears down the face. Remove offending hairs by freezing the hair follicles.

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.

Homeopathic

1. Homeopathic Borax 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 Graphites is indicated for dogs which are obese, unhealthy, with skin conditions. This is indicated for timid dogs.

3. Homeopathic Aconitum napellus is indicated in dogs which are fearful and do not like to be touched.

4. Homeopathic Mercurius solubilis is indicated when the eye is swollen. 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.

Herbs

Lycopodium has been reported as a curative.

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. Eyebright eye drops or as a compress relieves inflammation.

4. Chamomile tea can be used to clean discharge from the outside of the eye.

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.

 

 

Ectopic cilia

Ectopic cilia is an eyelash that emerges from the underside of the upper or lower eyelid. The eyelash due to its position rubs against the eye when the dog blinks. This can result in ulcerations on the surface of the eye. Ectopic cilia generally requires surgical excision.

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.

Homeopathic

1. Homeopathic Borax 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 Graphites is indicated for dogs which are obese, unhealthy, with skin conditions. This is indicated for timid dogs.

3. Homeopathic Aconitum napellus is indicated in dogs which are fearful and do not like to be touched.

4. Homeopathic Mercurius solubilis is indicated when the eye is swollen. 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.

Herbs

Lycopodium has been reported as a curative.

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. Eyebright eye drops or as a compress relieves inflammation.

4. Chamomile tea can be used to clean discharge from the outside of the eye.

Nutritional Supplements

1. Vitamin A is essential for the health of the eye. Supplementing with Vitamin A will accurate 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.

Micropalpebral & Macropalpebral fissures

Micropalpebral fissure is a narrowing of the opening of the eyelids. It is treated by treated by suturing the conjunctiva to the incised eyelid surfaces to enlarge the eyelid opening. Macropalpebral fissure is excessively large eyelid openings. It is most often seen in brachycephalic dog breeds which have sallow eye sockets. The eyelids do not close properly. This may lead to keratitis. Surgery must be preformed where the defect exists.

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.

Homeopathic

1. Homeopathic Petroleum 6X: Dogs needing this remedy will have skin around the eyes which is dry and scaly. Dogs show irritability.

2. Homeopathic Sulphur 6X: Dogs needing sulphur are usually thin. These are busy dogs, always into something. They may also be irritable with other animals in the household.

3. Homeopathic Graphites 6X: This remedy is indicated for dogs which are obese, unhealthy, with skin conditions. This is indicated for timid dogs.

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.

Ankyloblepharon

Ankyloblepharon is adhesion of the eyelid margins to each other. This is normal in puppy eyes until 10-14 days of age. If it continues past 15 days of age, infection of the conjunctival sac. The eye will show excessive swelling with a discharge at the medial canthus.

Gently separate the eyelids by massaging the fused lids toward the medical cantus with a warm, wet cotton ball until the lids separate.

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.

Corneal-conjunctival dermoid

A dermoid is the presence of histologically normal skin in an abnormal location. A corneal-conjunctival dermoid is a abnormal growth on the cornea or conjunctiva such as a tissue mass of fat, glandular tissue, hair follicles, or hair. Hairs can ulceration of the cornea or hinder normal vision. If the growths do not rupture and are not causing the dog any apparent discomfort then nothing need be done. If they hinder vision or cause irritation surgery is the treatment of choice.

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.

Homeopathic

1. Homeopathic Thuja Occidentalis: Dogs needing Thuja are sensitive animals. Eyelids agglutinated at night. The sclera may be inflamed.

2. Homeopathic Sulphur: This remedy is indicated for the first stage of ulceration of the cornea and agglutination of the lids.

3. Homeopathic Pulsatilla: This remedy is indicated for agglutinations of the lids with a yellow or white discharge. There may an abundance of tearing.

4. Homeopathic Selenium: This remedy is indicated where itching is involved and there is a thick yellow discharge.

5. Homeopathic Euphrasia: This remedy is indicated where there is frequent blinking and sticky mucus on the cornea.

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.

Entropion

Entropion is an inversion of the eyelid margin.

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.

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.

 

Ectropion

Ectropion is eversion of the eyelid margin.

Homeopathic

1. Homeopathic Stramonium: Potency: 200 Dogs which need this remedy are noisy animals and do not like being left alone.

2. Homeopathic Apis mellifica: Potency: 200 Dogs needing Apis are jealous. They whine or may scream out.

3. Homeopathic Conium maculatum: Potency: 200 Dogs needing Conium will exhibit photophobia. These dogs are timid and do not like being left alone.

Keep eyes lubricated with cod liver oil which will prevent infections.