EYE Caramba! What should I do until the vet comes?
So this weekend has been hellishly busy. Friday night was my daughter's birthday sleepover (sleep being a relative term), Saturday was a day-long prep for our 4-H entry in the lighted trucker's parade, and all today was dealing with goats, trimming feet, weighing babies, moving critters, etc. My husband fed horses yesterday since we were working on the float so I haven't had my own two eyes on the horses since Friday afternoon just before dark. Well, this afternoon, racing to feed before heading to the 4-H Christmas party, I was horrified to see the POA with her left eye swollen HUGE and shut, pus and exudate POURING out of it! I flipped. Threw hay to the horses, ran back to the truck, grabbed paper towels and ran back to her. Her eye was a wreck. I grabbed her muzzle to get a closer look. Sticking out from under the swollen lid was a thin black stick. I was able to back her into a corner, sweet girl could have run me over if she wanted, and pulled out a three inch blackberry bramble. It felt like it grabbed as I pulled it out. EWWWWWWWWW! My first thought was to grab some opthalmic ointment but then I THINK I read somewhere that if the cornea is scratched this can be a bad thing to do? So I'm calling the vet first thing in the morning to come out tomorrow night and check her out. Any advice on what to do in the meantime? After I pulled out the stick her eye seemed immediately better; she actually opened it. I felt soooooooo badly for her...my husband wouldn't have even looked for something like this...she might have had it since Sat morning. Guilt, guilt, guilt!