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post #1 of 13 Old 02-14-2008, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
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poor eye

poor possum. I got out to see her tonight and her eye was a little swollen. The corner of her eye was all cloudy and there were 'tears' all down her face. It was weeping a fair bit. I couldnt get too close to have a good look as she kept closing her eye when I got too close. I am going to get the vet out tomorrow. Im thinking that she has been kicked or 'butted' or something considering it seems sore.

I did flush it and clean her up with a little saline and put her in the 'sick' paddock. Any ideas on what happened/what it is?

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post #2 of 13 Old 02-14-2008, 05:47 AM
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I'd say she's knocked it or maybe walked into a branch and stuck herself with a stick or something.

I hope It's not too serious!! :)
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post #3 of 13 Old 02-14-2008, 07:18 AM
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My horse had it couple times in strong wind (sand get into her eye) and my dog had it when met the bush. What I recommend (and it worked on my horses as well as cats and dogs). Make strong TEA solution and wash the eye with the tea couple times a day. Another (stronger) thing to do (although your horse must REALLY trust you), drop little bit of honey in the eye. That was recommended to me by vet when my dog hit the eye badly with the branch (also had cloudy eye all leaking and red). He didn't suggest any drugs, just said use the honey. Worked absolutely wonder, but it REALLY HURTS at first when you put it in (that's why I said your horse must trust you, and we used it on my horse as well).
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post #4 of 13 Old 02-14-2008, 07:28 AM
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Hard telling till the vet comes. I had one that had a scratched cornia but you couldn't see it till the vet put in a dye. It looked like she had gotten something poked way up under the lid. I had to put drops in for a few days and it cleared right up. Did you get a chance to look for thorny bushes/trees? I don't like letting eye injuries go to long without vet intervention. I would hate to have one of my girls lose their sight.


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post #5 of 13 Old 02-14-2008, 12:47 PM
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The cloudiness, if it's the cornea, is from inflammation and that can come from scratches, abrasions, infection, ulceration, etc. Do not put anything other than sterile saline solution made for eyes in the eye until your vet comes and examines the eye because if there is any damage to the cornea you can make it worse by putting the wrong sorts of things in.

Eyes have poor circulation which means that they don't heal as well or fight off infections as well---remember, the blood is what brings in all the things needed to feed cells and carries the white blood cells and antibodies that fight infections. So, getting the proper treatment as soon as possible for an eye is really important. A scratch or ulceration on an eye can lead to a severe infection and perferation of the eye in a matter of a couple of days.

Keep your horse out of the light, use a fly mask to help provide protection for the eye and get your vet out as soon as possible.

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post #6 of 13 Old 02-14-2008, 03:17 PM
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that's one of those things I do everyday. Check everyone for cuts, scratches or suspicious bumps and check everyones eyes. I have removed about everything that could cause an injury, but horses seem to have the ability to get into things you don't even notice.
Hope she's ok Jazzy, let us know.


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post #7 of 13 Old 02-14-2008, 03:52 PM
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My horses get those sort of eyes too at this time of the year... when all the grasses come to seed. This is really possible when the paddock she is in has long grass.

I treat the eyes by first buying a fly veil (darker colour) and then get warm water, and then get a tea bag, and wet the tea bag, and then squeeze the tea juice into her eye... I swear it works!!!
Do it 3 times a day, and it should be better by the second day

Goodluck with it :)

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My horses get those sort of eyes too at this time of the year... when all the grasses come to seed. This is really possible when the paddock she is in has long grass.

I treat the eyes by first buying a fly veil (darker colour) and then get warm water, and then get a tea bag, and wet the tea bag, and then squeeze the tea juice into her eye... I swear it works!!!
Do it 3 times a day, and it should be better by the second day

Goodluck with it :)
there is a fair bit of long grass in her paddock. I've already put a fly veil on her.

I managed to get hold of my instead of the other guy I thought I was going to have to use and he is the one that comes out for free and only charges for meds, etc the earliest he could come was this afternoon so he is coming at 4. But now that I've heard the tea thing I might give that a try if the vet says there is no damage to anything in there. I do remember now reading somewhere at some point about tea and something to do with eyes but I can't remember where or when I read it

Ryle - I have only used sterile saline :) I have sealed tubey things of it for such occasions :)

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post #9 of 13 Old 02-14-2008, 08:54 PM
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awww im sorry about her eye I hope its nothing bad!

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post #10 of 13 Old 02-14-2008, 09:51 PM
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I got that trick told to me... when I was a young tacker. And its been 38 years later and im still using it... getting the vet out will be a good idea, just incase she did scratch it, and it could of alucerated... you have to be extremally quick to treat it.. esp if it has alucerated.. best of luck :)

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