Home Remedies for Styes in Dog Eyelids


The eyes of pets are exposed to various environmental pollution. It is very common to diagnose swelling. Therefore, it is important to know the care of a stye in animals.

Some eye irritations do not cause health complications. But they cause a lot of pain and itching. In addition to a not very nice appearance.

It is the case of the stye. Annoying for humans, and even worse for dogs. Knowing the simple care of a sty can greatly relieve your pet's discomfort.

What is it and what can cause stye in dogs?

It is characterized by irritation and redness of the eye, accompanied by swelling in the eyelids. The lump usually formed near the eyelashes is known as a stye.

Stye is the result of an infection caused mainly by bacteria of the genus Staphilococcus. Normally, they are mild and do not cause health complications.

The eyes are constantly exposed to the external environment, being very easy to come into contact with different microorganisms. Dirty environments and polluted cities favor the proliferation of bacteria.

What are the symptoms of stye in dogs?

The most obvious symptom is the pink lump that forms near the eyelashes. The swelling of the eye area and the redness of the white area of ​​the eye are also very visible.

It is common for the stye to be accompanied by pain and discomfort. Dogs tend to get more restless and try to scratch frequently near the eye.

That is more dangerous than the stye itself. Why when scratching, the dog can cause wounds and spread the infection to the tissues. In more extreme cases, ulcers may appear in the eyes and proliferation of bacteria to other organs.

Therefore, when detecting one of the primary symptoms, it is essential to take proper care of the stye, and observe the behavior of the pet.

How to treat stye on your pet?

The best way to treat stye is by attacking the cause of origin. That is: eliminating bacteria. For that, antibiotics are used. Normally, preference is given to ointments, as they are easier to apply in the affected area.

As it is a mild infection, The veterinarian may choose not to use antibiotics. It is necessary to reduce swelling and discomfort while the body itself is responsible for eliminating bacteria.

In the case of immunosuppressed animals, it is likely that the body cannot fight the infection. The veterinarian will prescribe the most appropriate treatment.

Keep eyes hygienized

Cleaning is essential to prevent and combat the proliferation of bacteria. Therefore, it is necessary to keep the eye area clean. It is recommended to clean with gauze soaked in saline or water boricada 3 to 4 times per day.

Drops of hydrogen peroxide can be applied to the eye. Oxygenated water kills a large amount of anaerobic bacteria and sterilizes the area. But you have to be careful with concentration. 2 to 3 drops daily, never again.

Avoid contact with the stye

It is not indicated to manipulate the stye. The hands and legs can carry more microorganisms to the affected area. As it is difficult to control the movements of an animal, it is recommended to place the protective collar.

It is even less prudent to explode or break the bulge. In addition to painful, it can cause the proliferation of bacteria in the eyeball or in the bloodstream.

Strengthen the immune system

The immune system is capable of naturally fighting most conditions. But it is necessary to strengthen it daily. The most indicated and simple way is to provide a balanced diet and drinking hydration.

Regular visits to the veterinarian are essential, in addition to vaccination and antiparasitic treatment. This is how the care of a stye in dogs is best applied.

Source of the main image: Andrés Landeau

Dogs acquire ears just like us. While there are some differences, the symptoms and treatment are similar. A dog's eye stye appears as a lump or pimple on the eyelid. Although it will eventually heal on its own, home remedies can speed up the process and help relieve some of the pain.

Most of us have had a stye on our eyelid at one time or another. It's amazing how something so small can hurt so much. You just want him to leave. Whether the stye is on your eyelid or your dog's, care should be taken to help it heal naturally. The best thing you can do for your dog is to keep his eyes clean. The worst thing you can do is try to get your stye out.

Home remedies for styes on dogs' eyelids

What not to do

Never try to pop a dog's eye. It will cause a huge amount of pain. You could end up with a worse problem if you don't remove all the pus and part of it is removed more on your eyelid.

Do not force any treatment on your dog. Be sensitive and respond to your tolerance level for any home remedy. For example, you cannot tolerate coriander or turmeric remedies simply because of the smell.

The part of the brain of a dog that controls smell is 40 times larger than the part of our brain that controls smell. His sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times stronger than ours. Something that smells soft to us can be overwhelming for him.

Don't despair if your dog doesn't let you get close to him at all. Without treatment, a stye will heal on its own somewhere between four and 14 days.

Styes in dogs

As mentioned, a stye is a eyelid swelling of the dog, usually in the area near an eyelash, which is caused by a bacterial infection of a sebaceous gland of the animal's eyelid.

The most frequently involved bacteria causing infection belong to the genus Staphilococcus. It can be found in animals of any age, breed and condition, and, as we will see later, it is not usually a serious condition.

The symptom A stye in a dog's eye varies greatly from case to case, but usually causes discomfort or even pain in that area, which makes the dog can scratch worsening the situation, since superficial wounds can be caused with the nails in the eyelid area and, in extreme cases, ulcers in the eye.

In many cases it is also observed redness Y tearing in the affected eye.

Other diseases of the eyelids of dogs

A sty is not the only cause of inflammation in the dog's eyelids, so it is advised visit avet to rule out other diseases that may be confused with a stye.

Some examples of diseases that can occur with similar symptoms are:

    Entropion: more frequent in some races, such as Shar Pei, is caused by the rubbing of the eyelashes with the eye, deb>

How to cure a stye in a dog's eye?

As seen, styes they are not serious diseases, and, in addition, they can heal spontaneously in a short time.

  1. Being a bacterial infection, the most effective remedy is a antibiotic ointment Appropriate for application in the eye areas, which must be prescribed by a veterinarian. Being a stye, in principle, a not too serious process that can resolve itself, the practitioner should assess the possibility of using the antibiotic to avoid complications such as scratch wounds and in the most serious cases or that do not finish healing.
  2. Hot cloths. Applying hot cloths to the area can help relieve the process. It is advised to do it 3 or 4 times a day for about 5 or 10 minutes (depending on the patience of the dog). Anyway you have to be careful to do it, if not, the remedy could be worse than the stye itself. First, you have to take care of hygiene, since dirty hands or dirty cloths could aggravate the infection or create a new one. Therefore, you have to wash your hands before doing so and use clean cloths. Secondly, you have to make sure that, although they are hot, they are not they burn.
  3. Keep the area clean Y Avoid manipulating or attempting to exploit the stye. As we have seen, hygiene is very important in these cases, it is enough to keep the area clean with water. On the other hand, trying to exploit the stye can make the situation worse.
  4. There is other remedies which have been noted as positive as the cleaning of the area with wet gauze in warm chamomile infusion or in an infusion prepared by boiling water to which a tablespoon of turmeric is added.

This article is purely informative, at we have no power to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any kind of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian in case he presents any type of condition or discomfort.

If you want to read more articles similar to How to cure a stye in a dog's eye?, we recommend that you enter our section on bacterial diseases.

Natural medicine

1. Chamomile infusion: Once the infusion is prepared, pour the liquid into cotton. Apply to the infected area for 3 minutes. Repeat 4 times a day.

2. Infusion of coriander seeds: Once boiled water with coriander seeds, apply with a cloth on the infected area. Repeat it 4 times a day.

3. Turmeric: It is a very beneficial natural species. Boil water with two tablespoons of turmeric and mix everything. With a gauze, apply to the infected area.

Other tips are to keep the area clean and try to exploit the stye so as not to make the situation worse. Hygiene is very important.

We repeat the importance of going to a veterinarian, as you can confuse a stye with other infections, such as conjunctivitis, an entropion (eyelash rubbing) or a tumor ...

A sty is not the only cause of inflammation in the dog's eyelids, and the symptoms may vary from dog to dog.

What are styes?

A stye is a swelling in the dog's eyelid, caused by the Staphilococcus bacteria of a sebaceous gland of the eyelid. It can appear at any age, race and condition, although fortunately it is not serious ... but it is very annoying. The dog will feel pain, produce more tear than would be usual and will have red eyes.

In very serious cases, superficial wounds that could become ulcers can be caused.

Symptoms and case history

Ada is an eight-year-old Schnauzer dog who came to our center due to the acute appearance of multiple nodules in both eyelids that did not respond to the initially established treatment.

Ada's eyes upon arrival at the IVO, with multiple styes. Photo: IVO

What is meibomitis?

In the eyelids there are several types of secretory glands that produce part of the tear components. Infection in any of these glands causes inflammation and bulging commonly known as stye. When this infection occurs in multiple glands it is called Meibomitis or Tarsal Adenitis.

The most common bacteria in these infections are the Staphylococcos spp although there are diseases like Leishmaniasis which can give inflammations of similar appearance. Being a sporadic infection can appear at any age and in any race.

The signs that can be observed in this pathology are pruritus (or itching in the area), pain, red eye and mucous eye secretions from whitish to yellowish-greenish.

Diagnostic tests

In the ophthalmic examination Ada, multiple pink nodules were detected in the external and internal area of ​​the eyelids of both eyes without any other intraocular alteration.

A cytology, that is, a puncture of the nodules to evaluate their contents under the microscope and to be able to orient us towards a diagnosis. Multiple bacteria and inflammatory cells were observed thus confirming a Meibomitis.

In severe cases or resistant to initial treatment it may be necessary to perform additional tests such as an antibiogram culture.

Treatment of styes in dogs

The treatment of choice consists in the application of hot cloths for 5 minutes, several times a day in the eyelid area to soften the area, favor the exit of purulent material from the glands and increase the penetration of the medication.

Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory ophthalmic ointments should be applied several times a day and specific oral antibiotics should be administered.

Often it is necessary to carry out a long treatment to eliminate the infection well and avoid relapses. Despite the correct cure, Meibomitis can reappear in some animals.

Ada responded very well within a few days of starting the treatment and in just 20 days she fully recovered and we were able to discharge her.

Within 10 days of starting the treatment Ada was much better but he still had traces of inflammation.

After 20 days of treatment Ada was already fully cured. We decided to prolong the topical treatment for another week to avoid relapses.

Ada's eyes after 10 days of treatment to cure her styes. Photo: IVO

Ada's eyes after 20 days of treatment to cure her styes. Photo: IVO