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Eye Discharge in Dogs and Cats

Eye Discharge 

Herbal treatments for cats and dogs to help promote healthy eyes and help reduce ocular discharge and eye disorders.

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, skin and coat health and is the result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune systems and tissues and organs in the body.

Plant botanicals, super foods and adaptogens support the process of free radical scavenging, supply critical carotenoids necessary to maintain eye health as well as the skin and connective tissue's ability to withstand the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens, allergens and microorganisms. Plant and marine extracts may also help maintain proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function; help protect the skin and all connective tissues, including the joints; help reduce inflammation throughout the body, including the joints, acidify urine, and help improve immune function to build resistance to infectons and allergies.

Eye or ocular discharge is a common symptom of eye discomfort that affects both dogs and cats. Symptoms may include watery, yellowish-green discharge, thick mucous or bloody discharge.

Eye discharge develops as a result of variety of eye disorders or diseases. Eye disorders include irritation and inflammation of the eye, from allergens or infections, obstruction of tear drainage ducts, excessive tear production, conjunctivitis, dry eyes, glaucoma, corneal ulcers, keratitis, uveitis, blepharitis as well as abnormalities of the eyelids. Eye discharge can also be a sign of dysfunction in a body system, like the liver and kidneys, if they are overburdened with toxicity and cannot function properly.

Trauma and injury to the eye may also bring about eye discharge. Depending on the amount of discharge present will be able to determine the severity of the disease. If you notice eye discharge, please see your vet because long term disorder or infection may lead to more serious eye diseases. 

Helpful information:

Certain preventative measures can be taken to protect overall eye health in your pet and these include:

Feed your pet a well balanced all natural diet that includes vegetables (carrots, kale or broccoli) rich in antioxidants

Incorporate sources of antioxidants in the form of Vitamin E and C, and beta carotene to protect the eye tissues

Wipe eye discharge gently away with a moist cloth

Do not allow your pet to rub his eyes

Never administer human over-the-counter eye drops

Protect your pet’s eye carefully when using shampoo or applying flea repellents

Keep your pet’s head inside moving vehicles as foreign objects or substances may easily become lodged in the eye

Avoid exposing your pet to irritants such as pollen, plant seeds, toxins, chemicals, pollution and dust

Check your pet’s eyes regularly

Trim hair around the eye area to avoid eye irritation

Visit your vet annually for an eye examination

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies can help to promote eye health, help reduce inflammation and infections of the eye due to its eye-cleansing and detoxifying effects on eye tissues; to help provide immune boosting properties; to help relieve pain and soothe eye discomfort by nourishing and lubricating delicate eye tissues and supplying critical nutritional support, to help support overall healthy eye function and help provide a nutritional platform to maintain problem free vision and shiny and bright eyes.  

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) support the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content; stimulates collagen production which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessels (important for cases of arthritis); for its critical carotenoid content to help nourish eye and teeth health (important for eye health and eye diseases including macular degeneration plus collagen production may promote strong teeth and dental disease); promotes optimal immune response; promotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat; may help reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats; may work  to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support; may help fight infection in the animal body.

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore functions) for its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; strongly antioxidant and free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive Vitamin C content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; ); for its critical carotenoid content to help nourish eye and teeth health (important for eye health and eye diseases including macular degeneration plus collagen production may promote strong teeth and dental disease); adaptogens and natural phytochemicals work to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, sheath surrounding nerves and muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its anti-allergen natural plant chemicals which may help to fight off allergies and infections; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes antioxidant, natural plant steroid and Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, may be useful for all types of digestive disorders; works to help promote proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, especially important for raw and home cooked diets; may help address bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections; adaptogen content helps tone and strengthen the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; may help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; works to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut related to ulcers and Leaky Gut Syndrome; used holistically for Candida including systemic Candida as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS); strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-Candidal and a natural plant based steroid.

Vitamin Ninja – (learn more) is used holistically as a super food, nutritive, adaptogen and multi-vitamin blend, containing spirulina and camu camu, which may help fight oxidative damage; may help promote a happy mood; may promote heart health by lowering lipids in the blood, may help support immunity and may help prevent disease in dogs and cats; may help stimulate collagen production due to its antioxidant proanthocyanins, flavonoid and glycosaminoglycan’s content, which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints and joint health, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessel support as well as may help to promote the strength and health of the eyes and teeth;  may help sustain and nourish the skeletal structure of your pet over its lifetime and may be important in cases of arthritis, bone loss and joint diseases, such as Intervertebral Disk Disease and Degenerative Joint Disease.


Conventional Remedies

As soon as you notice eye discharge, consult your vet immediately. A thorough physical examination together with certain diagnostic tests will be performed. Tests include a complete ophthalmic examination, Schirmer tear test, fluoroscein staining and tonometry.

Further testing such as complete blood count, x-rays, cultures, CT scan or MRI may also be performed to determine the causes of eye discharge. Treatment depends on the diagnosis and cause of the eye discharge.

Your vet may prescribe various medications which include a sterile eye wash, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories or tear stimulants. With early treatment, serious eye problems and complications can be prevented.






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