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Is goldenseal a good choice to use eye infection in a

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is goldenseal a good choice to use for an eye infection in a domestic cat?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

It's a reasonable consideration because it does have an antibiotic effect. Please note, however, that the overwhelming number of eye infections in cats are due to the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) and there's no evidence that goldenseal has any effect on viruses. It should be helpful if a cat is suffering from the next most common eye infections - from the bacteria Chlamydophila and Mycoplasma. If you'd like to see if it's helpful in BB Queen, make a strong tea from chopped dry root of goldenseal and then add 12-20 drops of the dark golden liquid to 1 ounce (30 mL/2 measuring tablespoons) of sterile saline (often found in the contact lens section of your local pharmacy) and then instill a couple of drops in the affected eye(s) thrice daily for a minimum of 10 days. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.