Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye, 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 your pet’s eye is particularly vulnerable to irritants and allergens that can cause inflammation, and viruses, bacteria and fungi that can cause infection. Conjunctivitis is generally recognized by redness and inflammation that cause. Your pet may also have weeping eyes or yellowish discharge that is often indicative of an infection, and the discharge can even make your pet’s eyelids stick together. It can also be painful and you may notice your pet scratching his eye on various surfaces such as the sofa or carpet. Conjunctivitis is the most common eye problem in pets, and if treated properly, usually heals without any complications. However, if left untreated or in serious cases, the conjunctivitis infection can spread to other structures in the eye and cause serious eye damage. Conjunctivitis may also be indicative of other underlying conditions such as feline immunodeficiency virus in cats or dogs canine disease. What causes conjunctivitis? There are a number of things that can cause conjunctivitis. a hese include: * Chemical irritants such as household cleaners, pesticides and other harsh chemicals that enter the eye. * Irritants or mechanical injury. Any trauma or injury to the eye can cause conjunctivitis such as sand that has entered the eye, or a cat scratch. * Fungal infections, viral and bacterial infections can be the cause. * Diseases affecting the immune system of your pet as feline immunodeficiency virus or canine disease. Diagnosis of conjunctivitis in many cases, your veterinarian may diagnose conjunctivitis based on an eye exam for your pet and looking at the type of discharge occurred. Your veterinarian can also perform some tests to determine the cause of conjunctivitis. This may include conjunctival sponge to help determine if the infection was caused by a virus or bacteria, and fluorescein staining to help determine if there are any corneal ulceration. In addition, your veterinarian can work with other tests if the immune deficiency is the suspected cause or if your pet has any other symptoms. Help conjunctivitis conjunctivitis treatment usually includes ointment or drops in the eye, but 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. Many veterinarians immediately prescribe antibiotics for conjunctivitis and it comes with the risk of diminishing the immune system of your pet resulting in recurrent infections. Using without worrying about harmful side effects. Herbs such as Burdock and Rosemary have become well known for its benefits to eye health. The Burdock has characteristics of eye cleaning, detoxification and enhance the immune system and is very beneficial to try. Rosemary is also very beneficial for pets with conjunctivitis because it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to help relieve pain and discomfort of the eye. Chelidonium majus and meadow sweet are two herbal ingredients that can be used externally to promote healing of the infected eye and to rapidly reduce pain and inflammation. With a great interest in health and alternative medicine. I believe that natural remedies and alternative therapies have their place in modern medicine. I am confident that an informed person is potentially a more happy and healthy.