Homeopathic Remedies for Canine Eye Infections
Homeopathy is believed to have its origins in the 17th century when a German physician named Hahnemann noticed that some poisons, when given in extremely small doses, appeared to cure illnesses. In addition, he noticed that homeopathic medications did not just target specific disease; instead, they worked to improve the general health of the individual, thus producing a more comprehensive response to the illness.
Canine Eye Infections
An eye infection occurs for quite a few reasons. Sometimes, it is because trauma of some kind has allowed bacteria to multiply in the damaged tissue; in other cases of infection, one or more local defense mechanisms — tears, for example — have been compromised.
The classic signs of a canine eye infection are redness, excessive tear production and abnormal discharge. Your dog will also be uncomfortable and may paw at his eyes. You might also notice that he is avoiding bright lights.
Many homeopathic remedies can be purchased from a number of natural health stores as well as respected online stores. Some of the treatments that you can consider for an eye infection include:
- Eyebright. This may be added to feed or used to create an eye wash. To create the eye wash, boil about 15 grams in two cups of water for about 15 minutes. The active ingredient is Euphrasia officinalis. It is often used to treat conjunctivitis.
- Eye Heal contains a combination of Rosmarinus officinalis and Filipendula ulmaria which have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Arctium lappa has cleansing properties and Chelidonium majus combats infections and promotes healing by boosting the immune system.
- Eye-C contains Zinc and Vitamin C, both of which can help reduce eye irritation.
- Cineraria maritima helps with detoxification of the body. It is also reported to help prevent cataract formation. The active ingredients in Eye See Clearly include Arnica montana, Cineraria maritima, Euphrasia officinalis and others.
How to Use Homeopathy
Like with any other medications, always follow the label instructions. When trying homeopathic remedies, it generally makes sense to try them one at a time. Also keep in mind that “more” is usually not better.
Any medication can cause an allergic reaction. When using a homeopathic remedy for the first time, keep a close watch on your pet. If you think he is being affected, take him to your veterinarian for a checkup.
Eye infections can lead to serious damage, and may affect your dog’s vision. If you see no improvement within 24 hours, take your dog to your veterinarian.
Your pet’s body — as is yours — is in a constant battle against a variety of infectious organisms. Homeopathic remedies help prevent and cure infections by improving the natural ability of his body to fight off these organisms. They can be a useful part of treating eye infections in all species.