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    11-17-2012, 10:05 PM
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Trained
Horse with a red eye and a white spot??

Wondering if anyone would have any idea what this could be..

Hunter is a 12 yo paint. Last weekend I noticed his eye was slightly red and swollen in the white area on the top section of his eye. The "colored" part is fine. Today I noticed a white, raised small spot in it now just between the red area and the "colored" part. His eye has been draining some.. a yellowish discharge. It is draining less now than it was before. Only some dry crusty stuff in the corner of his eye. Looking close at the white bump, it seems like it has lots of small "finger like" projections in it, and the whole thing is surrounded by a "bubble". His vision doesn't seem to be affected and it doesn't seem to be bothering him which does worry me.. I plan to try to get some pictures tomorrow.. didn't have a camera with me today.

Any ideas?? Of course I plan to call the vet first thing on Monday, but it'd be nice to have some ideas.
     
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    11-18-2012, 05:24 AM
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Weanling
Sounds to me like it may be an ulcer that has a fungal infection developing. I had one myself once and they can turn serious pretty quick.
I read somewhere also, that the ones with projections are particularly serious.
The vet will tell you how to treat, but don't put off getting him out first thing.
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    11-18-2012, 05:26 AM
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Weanling
Also, there is a horse on here who had a small injury/puncture in the eye become infected with a fungal infection, and eventually lost that eye.
Don't panic yet, but get the vet out.
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    11-18-2012, 05:31 AM
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Green Broke
Don't mess around with eyes. Get the vet asap.
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    11-18-2012, 08:55 AM
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Yearling
Get the vet out! I am not saying that this is what my mare had(herpes)but anything associated with the eye should not be played with. You do not want to lose the eye.
     
    11-18-2012, 07:52 PM
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Weanling
Does it look like this...?

What is THIS?! - urgent!
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    11-19-2012, 09:52 PM
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Trained
Yes!!! Quite similar to that! I have pictures but can't figure out how to get them from my email to my kindle so I can put them on here, and no access to a computer. So anyway.. I can't see the spot with the projections anymore, but I have a hard time seeing it at all due to its location..it is generally behind his eyelid. He has some fleshy looking tags a lot like the ones in the other post linked to above. I called our vet today and of course here it is deer hunting season, so he is closed until 12/3. The vet he recommends in his voicemail does not see large animals. The next vet I knew about is also out for hunting season and has no definite return date according to his staff, but at least is out til next week. After searching the phone book I finally found one that sees large animals and was willing to help me. She wanted me to stain his eye to look for ulcers and call back with the results, then they will send in a med. Did that tonight and I see no ulcers, so will find out the treatment tomorrow when I call. Sounds like they are going to prescribe steroids. Makes me nervous treating without him being seen by a vet, but they seem very good at this animal hospital and they are very, very helpful. Im going to bring in the pictures tomorrow to show and ease my mind a little knowing they have seen it. Hopefully can also get access to a computer so I can share them here.
     
    12-07-2012, 06:38 PM
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Trained
Okay, so.. Better late than never.. I want to update this in case it could help someone in the future..

Long story short, his eye is fine. We trailered him to another vet as ours was out until December. I brought in the pictures I am going to attach below after doing the test for ulcers and she said she didn't want to treat with anything right away as it still was not bothering him, but did want to see him the following week if we could trailer him in. By the time his appointment date came, the fleshy stuff was gone, and there was only the cyst-looking thing left on the boarder of the colored/white area. She said she thinks he injured his eye on that boarder, and the fleshy stuff was an overgrowth in part of the healing process. The redness was nearly gone at the time and everything else in both eyes looked perfect so she didn't want to treat with any gel or ointment or anything so long as it doesn't start bothering him, but said to give him a gram of bute twice daily to help the rest of the redness/swelling go down if we wanted or if we felt is was bothering him. She also said he will likely always have the spot on the boarder as it is basically a scar on the eye. So, all sorts of worry for no real reason, but I would much rather that than something seriously wrong.
The green stuff on his eye is the stain from the test for ulcers. Nothing to worry about
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    12-08-2012, 09:40 AM
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Yearling
That does not look anything like ulcers.
     

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