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post #1 of 10 Old 10-05-2012, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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I've noticed what appears to be an infection in my mares eye. She's currently with colt and it has been around for a couple of weeks now. I called the vet to ask the best treatment and he gace me some type of eye ointment to give her. It did clear up the puss coming out, but didnt get rid of the infection. Now, the medicine is gone, and the eye is looking bad again. I plan on taking her to him on Saturday to see what he can do, but I just wanted to ask you all if you had any personal experiences with this.

The corner of the eye is built up with a pink sty looking infections.
I found a pic on the internet of a horses eye that looks just like hers.....

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post #2 of 10 Old 10-05-2012, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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Im thinking the mare has gotten a piece of wood or something in her eye to cause this....
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I'm not a vet, but I am a human eye doctor. Horse eyes and human eyes are fairly similar in anatomy.

Any sort of puss discharge from an eye does indicate an infection. How many days did you treat your mares eyes with the ointment? It should have been a minimum of four times a day, for 7 days (up to 10 days). If you don't do it that often, you don't kill all the bacteria and the infection comes back.

How's baby? You may want to keep an eye on him (no pun intended) if he starts showing signs of an eye infection as well, since it can be contagious depending on the causative organism.

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I went threw 3 tubes of the stuff.
It was 3 times a day for almost a month and it never fully went away.

The Colt is fine. He's almost as big as momma and at almost 6 months old is ready to be weaned. There isnt a thing wrong with him or his eye and so its definitely not contagious.
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That third eyelid looks suspicious to me. How old is your mare? I might take a biopsy of that if she were my patient...
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One of my best horses had something in his eye. It was tearing for 6 weeks. The vet couldn't find anything in there, and the ointment (silver sulfadiazine) did little to help. After a couple weeks using the ointment, I used colloidal silver and just kept flushing the eye several times a day. Finally, one day when I flushed, a small twig came out from the lower part of his eye. The vet had sedated, and really got a good look in there, but couldn't find it. I've had very good luck with colloidal silver and eye problems. Good luck. I agree, the third eye doesn't look right.
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The pic above isnt from my mare, its just a pic I found on the web and its what my mares eye looks like.

The vet is coming out tuesday, however, I used an old trick of using really hot water with Dawn soap in it and cleaned it out. It has started to clear up.

I think theres something in it though.

The mare in question is about 7 years old with a colt on her.
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The pic above isnt from my mare, its just a pic I found on the web and its what my mares eye looks like.

The vet is coming out tuesday, however, I used an old trick of using really hot water with Dawn soap in it and cleaned it out. It has started to clear up.

I think theres something in it though.

The mare in question is about 7 years old with a colt on her.
Please, never ever do this again. Eyes are both amazing resilient and terribly fragile. REally hot water and soap? No, please no. It's like cutting off a cow's tail when they colic. An old wive's cure that sure, probably worked once or twice (who wouldn't get up when they got their tail lobbed off?!) but has definitely hurt many more than can be counted...
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That third eyelid looks suspicious to me. How old is your mare? I might take a biopsy of that if she were my patient...
I would just like to say you nailed it.

To give a little update, the vet came out a couple of weeks ago.
She had cancer on her third eye lid. He went on to explain how it wasn't as uncommon as you'd think. As soon as he looked at it, he knew what it was.

He cut the cancer out and since then, the mare is doing fine and the eye is completely healed. Its a good thing he looked at it when he did, it could have caused her to lose her eye. She's acting like a brand new horse, and is doing great!
Thanks again, you were spot on.
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