If your dog is suffering from an eye problem, you can avail yourself of over-the-counter ointments or natural remedies, but it's never a good idea to treat such ailments without veterinary consultation. You might save some money on a vet visit, but in a worse-case scenario, your dog could lose his vision. Glaucoma, for instance, comes on quite suddenly -- and without prompt treatment, your dog could not only lose his sight but require eye removal.
Over-the-Counter Eye Ointments for Dogs
Terramycin for Dogs
Terramycin, an antibiotic eye ointment containing oxytetracycline hydrochloride and polymyxin B sulfate, doesn't require a veterinary prescription. Your vet may recommend this ointment if your dog is diagnosed with conjunctivitis -- or pinkeye -- corneal ulcers, blepharitis or keratitis. It's also used to treat dogs suffering from distemper resulting in bacterial eye infections and eye infections caused by other diseases. Terramycin eradicates both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.
If your dog exhibits mild eye irritation and the vet is closed for the day, you can offer your pet some relief by using artificial tears. Products such as Genteal eye gel, which lubricates and protects the eye, are usually safe but can occasionally produce mild side effect such as itching or redness. If your dog's eye exudes yellow or green infected pus, don't use artificial tears and have your dog examined as soon as possible.
Saline solution is safe for cleaning your pet's eyes but doesn't relieve inflammation. If you hunt your dog or frequently take him through heavy brush or vegetation, it's a good idea to keep saline solution on hand. If he's squinting because a seed or other minute particle is in the eye, or between the lower lid and the eyeball, you can flush it out. Take him to the vet if getting rid of the irritant doesn't offer immediate relief.
Chamomile Tea Bag
If your dog's eye appears puffy but not infected, placing a warm -- not hot -- chamomile tea bag on his eye may soothe a mild swelling. Gently hold it on your pet's eye. It may also reduce mild redness and prevent potential infection if done regularly.