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    11-22-2009, 01:14 PM
need help w/ health question

I am fairly new to horses but my husband is experienced. I have 2 small problems I need help with. !st- Our male (12-12 years old) paint-J.J. Is acting funny when done eating- smacking lips, sticking tonque out and lunging head forward when trying to swallow, then when swallowing making a loud gurgling sound. My husband says it is nothing, but I don't recall him doing it before and he seems uncomfortable at the time. 2nd thing is a continuous watering and blood shot eye. I have cleaned around it with clean damp rag, just not sure what to do. I didn't think these issure constituted a vet visit. So anyone out there with some advice for a newby? Thanks, Tracy
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    11-22-2009, 01:45 PM
Any eye problem constitutes a vet visit. I knew a trainer who had a horse he was working with die from an eye infection that traveled to the brain. If you don't know the answers your BEST bet is to call the vet...
    11-22-2009, 01:56 PM
I don't really know about #1 - do you think he is bolting his feed and not chewing properly? It could be that he might be trying to Choke - that would definitely require a Vet visit. I feed Triple Crown Low Starch and I wet it really well (warm water in cooler months) and that works well for my guys.
#2 is a tough call since unfortunately, a lot of very serious eye problems look EXACTLY the same as minor ones. I can only guess if the eye is watering, it is painful - there could be a scratch on the cornea that would require antibiotic ointment or possibly a cortisone ointment might be needed depending on what the cause of the irritation is - again, you would need to call your Vet.
    11-22-2009, 03:24 PM
1st issue sounds like choke and it can be very serious. If he starts to leak gunk from his nostrils or drool a lot there's no questions asked you must get a vet.

The second issue sounds like conjunctivitis. Or it could be a scratch. It could be anything really. I honestly would have a vet come out to check over the horses.
    11-22-2009, 03:29 PM
Get a vet out. For the eye, most vets can give you a topical antimicrobial gel which clears it up pretty quickly, and if I recall, it's not too expensive. For the choking thing, if it's new, it's probably not an anatomical thing lke scar tissue, so I would get someone out to have a look.
    11-22-2009, 05:03 PM
For number 1 also look into ulcers. Many horses exhibit ulcers but excessive chewing, acting like they want to eat but can't, playing in water etc. Stress of moving and diet changes can cause an ulcer pretty fast.

For number 2 I agree that eye problems cannot wait. I have a rescue here now that lost her eye due to an eye infection that went untreated. For about a 10.00 tube of eye meds she could still have sight in that eye. Now she is blind and will have to have the eye removed at some date. I don't take chances with eyes. Its at least worth a phone call for sure.

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