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post #1 of 19 Old 07-18-2013, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Infection behind the eye?

This lady I know runs an assisted living home (shes a family friend) and doesn't really have time to spend a lot of time with her horse.. So I normally go and excercise him
And just spend some time with him. (16 y.o bay Q.H gelding)

Laat week I went over and noticed his eye seemed a bit irritated, So I told her that she may want to get the vet out to take a look. She didnt, and I go out there yesterday and notice a large fluid filled pocket on the bone above his eye, with thick yellow liquid coming out of his eye. I told her she MUST get the vet out and she said she will ASAP, I am going to make sure she did tomorrow and if not, I will.

Does anybody know what exactly this is and what causes it?
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post #2 of 19 Old 07-18-2013, 11:40 PM
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Could just be that he got a hair or dirt in his eye and didn't get rinsed out with tears, started an infection.
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I'm guessing the same as the poster above me.

Had a mini with the same symptoms.

Does this horse by chance wear a flymask?

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I'm guessing an infection of some sort as well. The source could be external (something in his eyes) or for internal, perhaps something going on with the sinus cavities.
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He doesnt wear a fly mask because it rubs creating sores... Any solution for this?
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I believe the vet will start with flushing the tear ducts. And possibly antibiotics if they feel it's a bad infection.
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post #7 of 19 Old 07-19-2013, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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This sounds like its pretty common?
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I personally have never seen a horse need it but my vet has told me that it is pretty common. Usually during summer since it is fly and allergy season they are more prone to get stuff stuck in the tear ducts.
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It makes sense. I live in florida and with all of the rain, bugs are pretty bad out.

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Vet says it looks like he hit his head and all she did was give him bute. I don't think that's the case... Very large fluid filled pocket , eyes are swollen, and leaking yellow fluid.

Unbelievable.
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