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post #1 of 9 Old 12-13-2008, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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Question I am stumpted.....

My 9 year old gelding has 'drippy' eyes that make him look like he is crying with tears that run down his face. My vet has drained them several times but says that's all we can do... does anybody else have a horse with teary eyes??? During the summer with a fly mask on they aren't as bad but I really have no idea what I can do or even really know what it is...

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post #2 of 9 Old 12-13-2008, 03:05 AM
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My stallion use to do this, I used eye wash in them everyday once a day and they were a lot less teary. You do not have to buy those expensive clear eyes horse eye wash but you can buy eye wash from wal mart and it works great. It is most likely just dust allergy.

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post #3 of 9 Old 12-13-2008, 03:22 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I will definitely try it out.

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post #4 of 9 Old 12-13-2008, 03:42 AM
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Not a problem! Happy to help out whenever I can.

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post #5 of 9 Old 12-13-2008, 09:42 AM
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Steph,

Does he also have squinty eyes,like it hurts? Is it sparodic or all the time? You might look into the possibility of ERU or moonblindness.. My appy also had very teary eyes sparodically and it was years before he was diagnosed with ERU.. Just a thought, hopefully this isn't the problem for you.

I'd use saline solution and rinse them out. There is a product called Clear Eyes that is very good for the dunnowhats.. And I have a recipe for an MSM Eye wash if you feel he has any inflamation/swelling/pain.... MSM is an anti inflamitory. This helps my Appy some when he is squinty. I'll have to dig it off my other pc so just yell if you want it.

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post #6 of 9 Old 12-19-2008, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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No it never seems to bother him at all... It just drips and sometimes looks like it leaves a trail of tears down his face. I am heading to the Farm Store today and will see what I can get because your ideas are a good start.

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post #7 of 9 Old 12-19-2008, 08:58 PM
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My Qh had melanoma in her eye. It started as a VERY teary eye. No pain, but it would get very infected then clear. The cycle would go over and over again and it would never completely clear up. I took her to Texas A&M where my vet is and they gave me her diagnosis. I was DEVASTATED! They did an experimental procedure where they FROZE her eye socket for a time and killed the cancer. She has been cancer free for 3 years.....just something to rule out!!!

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post #8 of 9 Old 12-19-2008, 11:44 PM
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my horse had teary eyes not that long ago and I flushed it out daily with clear eyes and then put teramycin (sp) sorry don't know how to spell. Anyway it cleared up in like a week. He must have had a minor infection.

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post #9 of 9 Old 12-21-2008, 12:59 AM
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It could be allergies as well. My mare gets teary in the spring. You might try wetting his hay, to reduce dust. If he's stalled with shavings, try switching to straw bedding.
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