By Educational Partner: Aleksandra Mikic, DMH, DVH, DPh of Health For Animals Program
It was Sunday morning. The many events of the previous day allowed for just a couple hours of sleep. It wasn’t because I had to be anywhere at a certain time, but because I was awakened by the sound of small feet running around the bed, conveying the same meaning as always – Mimzy is ready for her morning walk.
She is my precious little white Pekingese, self-centered and innocent at the same time, as only animals and small children can be.
I leaned over the bed to let her know that she has my attention and was stunned by seeing her face – blood dripping from her eye. Being still mostly asleep, I truly believed I would wake up from the nightmare any second. But the seconds passed and the scene did not change. Let’s leave this juncture for a little background.
Mimzy came to our home as an adult dog, already having a scar on her cornea. Considering her breed, this was not unusual; Pekes tend to meet the world with their eyes first. Her vision didn’t appear to be affected, as the scar was small. Over time, however, it increased in size. At first, it was very gradual and almost imperceptible, but then, in a span of one month, it grew to cover most of her eye. This had to happen during my trip oversees, of course, according to Murphy’s Law. To make matters worse, the color of the scar turned from purely white to pinkish, meaning that it was becoming vascularized. This was now a true corneal ulcer.
While it sounds bad, we must realize that this is healing power at work, trying to resolve the situation by bringing more blood to the area. Mimzy was given appropriate homeopathic remedies, herbs and supplements, and she is already a raw fed dog. That critical Sunday morning happened only two days after starting the remedies. The course of nature was clearly sped up.
Now we can pick up the story at the moment when I am fully awake and realizing the impact of what I am seeing. Whether the ulcer has ruptured on its own, or Mimzy has scratched it somehow, is irrelevant. A wound on an eyeball, is no small matter. What was I to do, except what any sane person would do – pour the castor oil in her eye? Like a good mommy, I put it in my eye first and there was no burning sensation. So we were good to go. I expected her to put up a fight, but to my surprise, she did not. She stood very still and even bulged her eyes, as though helping me. In every other way, she behaved normally, as though her eye didn’t bother her at all. Such combination of a strong symptom and normal behavior is a sign of a healing reaction, as it does not present in a case of a true disease state. In other words, the behavior should match the symptomology; in Mimzy’s case, her bleeding eye should have caused her some kind of stress.
You may wonder why I did not rush her to the emergency vet clinic. While I understand that most people would, I also know what would have ensued, namely cut/slash/burn/operate/anesthetize/chemicalize/stress approach. That is, and always will be, my last resort. Therefore, I continued everything I was doing, including putting castor oil in her eye every couple of hours. I wish that I have taken photographs, but in those moments, I didn’t want to remember any of it. If I did, I could have shown you the miracle that followed. Now, you just have to take my word for it.
Not only did her corneal wound heal, but the original scar became almost imperceptible. It has now been about two weeks since that Sunday morning, and if you wanted to know which eye was injured, you would have to get very close to Mimzy’s face and only then would you see the traces of scarring. Mimzy continues to sit very still and bulge her eyes when she sees me coming over with the bottle, her own instinct seeming to understand the power of this amazing oil.
Castor oil became popular in the West through the readings of Edgar Casey, but it has been known and used in the East since time immemorial. It is readily available for purchase in most stores, but you must look for oil which is cold pressed and hexane free. Some advise using only sterilized castor oil for the eye application, so let’s examine the logic of such advice. Castor oil is naturally resistant to rancidity and any sort of bacterial contamination. It’s very thick and therefore perfect for sealing the cuts and keeping them clean naturally. When the oil is sterilized, we have to ask how such process is done. Sterilization means either extreme temperature or chemicals, and either of those could change the natural structure of the oil. Personally, I wouldn’t use it.
Most people interested in natural health know about castor oil packs, but its use in healing the eyes is much less known. I hope that through my personal experience you will gain the confidence to reach for this oil in any case of eye inflammation, scarring, scratches, cuts and cataracts.
To apply it, put some oil in an eye dropper and approach the dog from the back of his head. If you approach from the front, it will seem as though you are going to poke the dropper into his eye and he will naturally try to avoid it. Therefore, stand behind him, use one hand to pull the top eyelid backwards (toward you) and with the other, put a couple of drops on the top of the eye ball. The oil will spread downward, covering the whole eye. Be very careful not to touch the eyeball with the dropper.