Great Home Remedy for Cat’s and Dog’s Eyes
I want to share with you a home remedy for dogs and cats that have crusted eyes, runny eyes, or appear to possibly have an eye infection. This method has worked for me on many occasions and is super simple and cheap.
Meet Gracie – the latest to receive this eye remedy:
Gracie has allergies – just seasonal and not severe enough that I would want to treat her for by the vet. When her nose is runny, which only happens in the spring and fall, I simply ‘blow’ her nose. I need to do no more.
That said, Gracie loves to fish! Gracie watches the bobbers out in the water and when she sees you reel your line in she waits for the bobber to get close enough and then brings it up on to the shore…fish and all. If there is no fish on the end of the line – she leaves it for us to reel in.
Well, this past fishing season, Gracie decided that she could fish on her own. She decided frogs and tadpoles were going to be her catches. She does a great job at getting her ‘catches’ and at NOT injuring a one of them when she catches them (via mouth).
Since this was her first year of fishing on her own – that meant her head and face would get right into the water. I’m not quite sure how she managed to catch anything actually, but she really does quite well for herself. She pounces at them first and then dunks her head in the water to snag them (one would think they’d be long gone after her pouncing). Once she has them in her mouth, she brings them to shore and drops whatever she caught behind my chair about 6′ away from me. I praise her and then get her catches and release them back into the water. I will tell you, I am not fond of picking up frogs…some being rather big…eeewwwee.
After we had fished at this one spot a few times – Gracie’s eyes began to have a creamy white discharge come out of them. One eye was worse than the other and not something that we see even during allergy season. Take a look – it was hard to get a really good picture – she didn’t like us holding her snout down 🙁
Seeing this discharge meant to me that I needed to try the trusted home remedy that I had used in the past on baby kittens with crusted/closed eyes or eyes that appeared to have a cold in them with a runny discharge and other cats that we’ve had that have had with a discharge coming out of them.
That home remedy – a cup of black tea. ***Please – before you try this home remedy – check your fur baby’s eye and eye area to make sure that there isn’t an injury that should really be treated by a vet.***
- Steep a cup of BLACK tea (can use tea bags or loose leaf – you just don’t want the tea grounds in your cup of tea)
- Let it cool to a luke warm state
- Using a washcloth (or something soft) soak one spot of the cloth with the cooled black tea
- If the animal’s eyes are completely crusted – wipe the eyes gently with the tea soaked cloth to see if you can get them to open. If you can’t, that’s okay! Don’t force them to open. Simply repeat the process every 4-6 hours and eventually they will open to where you can get drops of the tea into the eyes.
- Ultimately, you’re aiming to get 5-6 drops of the steeped black tea into the animal’s eye
- Repeat this process several times a day – using a clean cloth each time.
- Continue doing this for 4-5 days
**It’s important to note that you should use a different area of the cloth you’re using each time you wipe an eye or dip it in the tea. You don’t want to re-infect the eye.
You should begin to see a huge improvement after 2-3 days and at the end of day 5, the eyes should be totally cleared up. ***Please – it’s important to note that if the eyes don’t clear up using this home remedy OR the eyes get worse, then you should seek the help of your Vet. ***
Using this home remedy, many times over, I’ve successfully cleared up many of my cat’s eyes and this time – Gracie’s – saving me a lot of money.
Do you have a home remedy for pets that you’ve had great success with? Please share it – I’d love to hear what has worked for you.