Eye problem!

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  • pierrelapierre Original Poster pierrelapierre
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 10

    My horse has been having a watery, slightly swollen eye for about 2 weeks. It doesn’t seem to bother her that much, but she keeps it closed most of the time.

    I have been putting eye solution in it but I doesn’t seem to help. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you

    Mapale Mapale
    Topics Started: 4Replies Posted: 421

    Call your vet!! There could be something in it and it will not get better on its own, you run the risk of infection and loss of the eye.

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Totally agree with Mapale! You really do not want to let this go another minute – your horse could end up losing the eye.

    It is never the horse's fault

    pierrelapierre Original Poster pierrelapierre
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 10

    The vet comes to our area on Wednesday, can I have him come then or should I have him come on emergency?

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    I cannot answer that, not having seen your horse. On one hand, I would probably call immediately (but I am neurotic about my horses). On the other hand, you have already waited two weeks, and I am not sure that a few more days will make much of a difference. My advice would be to call your vet, and see what s/he feels would be best.

    It is never the horse's fault

    pierrelapierre Original Poster pierrelapierre
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 10

    I should have clarified that it hasn’t been swollen and sore for two weeks straight, but rather gets better for about a day or so, only to get worse again.

    Like this evening it seems almost totally better, so if there’s something in it wouldn’t it just get worse?

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    It could be almost anything. I am not a vet, and cannot give medical advice. Were this my horse, I would call the vet and see what s/he recommends. There are probably a multitude of possible causes, some of which would require immediate attention. It sounds as if you are providing temporary relief, but not something that can cure the problem. Antibiotics might be necessary, either to clear up or prevent infection.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Mapale Mapale
    Topics Started: 4Replies Posted: 421

    When dealing with the horse’s eyes I err on the side of caution. The risk of losing the eye, or damaging it permanently is not worth it to me. If it was my horse, I would call my vet. You don’t know the cause and for permanent relief treatment is very different for allergies vs. infection vs. foreign object. It could be painful – and probably is if she is keeping it closed.

    My mare had a bee sting over her eye last year and it swelled and even though I knew the cause, I called and confirmed with my vet that I was doing all that was necessary for her comfort and to protect the eye.

    A few years back I had some new bedding delivered and it was too fine, the wind kicked up and both horses had stuff in their eyes. It had to be lavaged out by my vet and then two weeks of anti-biotics.

    In both instances my vet said “You don’t mess around with eyes!” meaning you don’t play around with treatment, you need to identify the problem; the risk of losing eyesight constitutes an emergency.

    Call the vet. If it is minor – that would be the good news. But if it is a major problem, you have a better chance of fixing it by catching sooner rather than later. And if your horse is in pain, you need to help her.

    Good luck and do keep us posted. I really hope it is nothing serious – or that it can easily be remedied.

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    pierrelapierre Original Poster pierrelapierre
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 10

    Well, whatever was in her eye must have pushed its self out so she’s back to her old self.
    Thank you all for your replies.

    Benny Benny
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    Where are you located? three horses at my barn have had one watery and at times, puffy eye lid which changes daily.
    Some days… not an issue, other days more active.
    I’m curious if this is a fly thing, virus or bacteria. We’ve been giving the horses an eye ointment twice a day for about 7 or 8 days. Some times fine.. sometimes not. I’m curious if something is going around.

    wyoenglishrider wyoenglishrider
    Topics Started: 4Replies Posted: 101

    I realize this post started last month & the issue seems to be resolved but,

    “You don’t mess around with eyes!”

    Enough said. 🙂

    pierrelapierre Original Poster pierrelapierre
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 10

    Benny, I live in central Pa.
    I had the vet out to take a look at her, he said it looked like she hit it against something.
    He prescribed a 10 day treatment, which I finished.
    I might have him out again just to check on it.

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