I took in this mare from a family about 2 weeks ago, they told me that she had a tumor on her eye and would need it removed. I decided to take her knowing about the tumor because I really adore her (even more so today) and want to get her the help she needs.
Before THEY got her, she was owned by a family and they didnt have it treated either so Im not even sure how long this has been an issue. Anyways, their vet gave them dexamethasone ointment for me to put in her eye every day. So every day, I clean her eye and put this ointment in it to the best of my ability.
I had my vet out to look at it and she said it is benign, but is a sarcoid tumor on her 3rd eyelid. I can tell it causes her pain as its pushing on her eye. I've been keeping a fly mask on her and also putting some baby sunscreen on her nose and around her eye, not on her eye. My vet was going to come out this week to remove it but decided they would prefer we have 2wks of consecutive 70 degree weather with no rain before they will do it but they need to do it before the flies get bad. Well....its spring time, and I live in Texas so weather here is VERY unpredictable. Yesterday I noticed it is getting worse and draining very bad. She is hardly keeping her eye open at this point. I've included some pictures of how it has progressed, the first picture was taken about a month ago from the previous owners. The 2nd I took yesterday.
Could the fly mask be making it worse? I took it off to see if it changes at all. Any advice on what to do to help her until my vet will remove the tumor would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!