Conjunctivitis, known more commonly as eye pink, is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva of the eye. The conjunctiva is the clear membrane covering the outer layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids. This area of the eye of your pet is particularly vulnerable to irritants and allergens that can cause inflammation, and viruses, bacteria and fungi that can cause infection. Conjunctivitis is usually recognized by the redness and inflammation that causes. Your pet may also have weeping eyes or a yellowish discharge that is often indicative of an infection, and discharge can even make your pet eyelids from sticking. It can also be painful and you may notice your dog scratching his eye on various surfaces such as carpet or sofa. Conjunctivitis is the most common problem of the eye in pets, and if properly treated, it usually heals without any complications. However, if it is not treated or in serious cases, the conjunctivitis infection can spread to other structures in the eye and cause serious visual damage.
Conjunctivitis can also be indicative of other underlying conditions such as feline immunodeficiency virus in canine disease in dogs or cats. What causes conjunctivitis? There are a number of things that can cause conjunctivitis. These include: * chemical irritants such as cleaners home, pesticides and other harsh chemicals that enter the eye. * Irritants or injury mechanics. Any trauma or injury to the eye can cause conjunctivitis such as sand that has entered into the eye, or a cat scratch.
** The fungal infections, viral and bacterial may cause. * Diseases that affect the immune system of your dog such as feline immunodeficiency or canine disease virus. Diagnosis of conjunctivitis in many cases, your veterinarian may diagnose conjunctivitis based on an examination of the eye of your pet and looking at the type of discharge produced. Your veterinarian can also perform some tests to determine the cause of conjunctivitis. This may include conjunctival sponge that will help determine whether the infection was caused by a virus or bacteria, and the coloration of the flourescein which will help determine if there are few ulcers of the cornea. In addition, your veterinarian can run other tests if immune deficiency is the suspected cause, or if your pet has any other symptoms. Help for the treatment of conjunctivitis conjunctivitis usually includes ointment or drops in the eye, however the treatment may vary depending on the underlying cause. Your veterinarian may prescribe aspirin, corticosteroids or anti-inflammatory drugs, and in some cases, a course of topical or oral antibiotics may be recommended. Natural remedies many veterinarians will immediately prescribe antibiotics for conjunctivitis and this comes with the risk of decreasing your pet immune system resulting in recurrent infections. Using natural and homeopathic remedies can help conjunctivitis quickly and effectively without worrying about harmful side effects. Herbs such as Burdock and Rosemary have come to be well known for its benefits to the health of the eye. Burdock has characteristics of cleaning the eye, detoxification and enhance the immune system, and is very beneficial to try to treat any kind of eye infection. Rosemary is also very beneficial for domestic animals with conjunctivitis as it has anti-inflammatory properties of great scope as well as the ability to help relieve the pain and discomfort of the eye. Chelidonium majus and sweet prado are two herbal ingredients that can be used externally to promote healing of the infected eye and quickly reduce pain and inflammation.