Common causes of green eye discharge in dogs can be treated without antibiotics
Eye discharge is one of the problems in dogs that people often get frustrated about. Most people immediately jump to the conclusion that green or whitish discharge or mucus in their dog’s eyes means there is an infection.
In a conventional veterinary practice antibiotics with corticosteroids are usually prescribed. The problem goes away for some time, but then returns over and over until it becomes chronic.
While studying with holistic veterinary medicine pioneer, Dr. Richard Pitcairn, I learned that mucous discharge is often caused by the body’s toxicity, especially after repeated vaccinations. The vaccination of young puppies is a glaring example of this rampant problem. Numerous and unnecessary vaccine boosters are given in a rapid sequence and by the time a dog is three to four months old, they often receive their first prescription of steroid eye ointment.
What to do about eye discharges in dogs?
I often say one should follow nature’s principles of healing whenever possible and eye problems are no exception. From a holistic point of view, discharges are the body’s way of cleansing and getting rid of impurities and toxins. How else can the body get rid of mercury and formaldehyde from vaccines?
Administering corticosteroids in the eye affects the whole body. These medications stop the immune system’s efforts to cleanse. We all know what happens if we don’t empty the garbage bin and continue to push more garbage in…..it rots. Eyes and the body are no different. True bacterial eye infections are very rare and cleansing discharge is often mistakenly called an eye infection. The eye has a natural ability to resist bacteria and if you see eye discharge with a little redness of conjunctiva, there is usually no need to panic.
The most common causes of eye discharge in dogs are:
- processed food
- mercury build-up and toxicity
- milk or grain in food
- head congestion due to excessive pulling on the collar/leash
- neck injury
- breed predilection. For example. Boxers, Labs, Golden Retrievers, Great Danes and many short-nosed breeds.
I must emphasize an eye examination is essential to ensure there is not a serious eye problem. However, If you see that your dog has greenish eye discharge and your vet didn’t find any serious problems within the actual eye globe, including glaucoma, uveitis or lack of tear production, it is worth trying the following protocol before you resort to drugs.
8 step eye-clearing program
- Rinse your dog’s eyes two to three times daily with sterile saline solution from your local pharmacy
- Give a dose of homeopathic Thuja 200 C and repeat dose in two weeks. This treatment often has an immediate eye clearing effect.
- If you are still feeding kibble, you seriously need to consider switching to a raw or cooked natural diet.
- The next step is to provide plant-based minerals that push toxic elements, such as mercury, out of the system.
- In general, avoid drugs, synthetic vitamins and products. Perhaps you are not aware that most vitamins on the market are made from coal and crude oil. When dogs take synthetic products, eye discharge is the body’s way of saying no to junk.
- Vitamins in natural form are very important for eye health. SoulFood is a good example of naturally cultured multivitamin with added ingredients to gently purify and balance the body.
- To finely tune the immune system and protect your dog from harmful pathogens, a non-dairy probiotic, such as GutSense, needs to be added to this protocol. You can find all the above mentioned products here in a bundle
- If your dog loves to pull on the leash, attach the leash to a front clip harness instead. Collar pressure creates congestion in the head and can cause eye discharge too.
In my experience, if you follow the above list, your dog’s eyes will be clear within a few days or weeks, depending on the severity of the condition.
If you see no difference within three to four weeks, I suggest a deep liver cleanse which will have a positive effect on the eyes. In fact I suggest that every dog should go through a semi-annual liver cleanse. If your dog’s eye discharge continues, you should not take your dog re-examined.
One more thing. If your dog spends time in strong sunlight, consider getting him or her Doggles to prevent cataracts or lens sclerosis. You want your pooch to keep his or her eyes healthy for years to come!
© Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM