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.

Corneal ulcer

 

 

A corneal ulcer is an open sore in the outer layer of the cornea. It is often caused by infection with bacteria, viruses, fungi, or a parasite.

Homeopathic

1. Homeopathic Kali bichromicum is indicated for dogs where the eye has an absence of inflammatory redness and no photophobia. The abrasion will have clean cut edges or look as if it is cut out with a punch.

2. Homeopathic Arnica Montana 30c daily for seven days for traumatic injury.

3. Homeopathic Kali bichromicum 6X for seven days if there is a stringy discharge and the abrasion has a punched out appearance. There is no pain or photophobia. This remedy is indicated for overweight dogs which are insecure and startle easily.

4. Homeopathic Phosphorus 30C is indicated for dogs which have a history of skin problems and is sensitive to light and noise. There may be edema in the eyelids. These dogs are thin and usually have lighter coat colors. They exhibit a nervous personality and are fearful.

5. Homeopathic Merc Corr 6X several times daily if the abrasion has ragged edges, rapidly spreads, and there is burning in the eyes with little pus. The dog will exhibit anxiety and depression and it is not a quick learner.

6. Homeopathic Aurum metallicum 6X if red vessels appear on the cornea and the dog exhibits photophobia and has difficulty seeing. The dog will be depressed and overly sensitive, especially to noise.

7. For scaring after healing give Homeopathic Conium maculatum 6X three times daily for seven days.

8. Homeopathic Senega 200X one time is indicated where there is photophobia, inflammation, dryness, opacity of the cornea and the dog rubs at the eye. The dog will exhibit irritability and restlessness especially when outside.

Eyedrops

1. Colloidal Silver: Place one to two drops into the eye once or twice per day until the cornea heals.

2. Cod Liver Oil: Place one drop of cod liver oil into the eye once or twice per day until the cornea heals.

3. Unpasteurized Organic Honey: Combine 2 tbs of honey with 2 tbs of distilled water. Place one to two drops of the honey mixture in the eye daily until the cornea heals.

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.

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

Magnetic Therapy

Acupuncture

 

 



 

Dry Eye

 

 

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca or dry eye comes from the Latin terms Kerato (cornea), Conjunctivae (pink membranes of the eye socket), Itis (inflammation), and Sicca (dry). Keratoconjunctivitis sicca is an inflamed, dry cornea and conjunctiva. It occurs when there is a deficiency in the water portion of the tear film. Water makes up 95% of tear volume. When this is removed oil and mucus remain, giving the eye a yellow discharge.

Homeopathic

Zincum metallicum 30c given twice daily

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.


Acupuncture

 

Cherry Eye

A prolapsed lacrimal gland is commonly called "cherry eye." The condition is not painful, but the exposed gland may become irritated or infected. Surgery is usually performed to create a new pocket for the lacrimal gland. If done incorrectly or if the gland is damaged the dog may develop dry eye.

Herbs

1. Bilberry contains anthocyanoside flavonoids which have an affinity for the connective tissues in the eye.

2. Rehmannia has anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in vitamins A, B, C, and amino acids.

Massage Place lubricating eyedrops into the eye, hold an ice pack on the eye for several minutes, then gently massage the area with strokes in toward the nose. Place two drops of Collodal Silver in the eye to combat infection.

Continue to support the dogs immune system with vitamins that support eye health.

Acupuncture