What's Wrong With Her Eyes??

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    08-05-2010, 11:56 AM
What's Wrong With Her Eyes??

Both of my mares eyes are swollen and puffy all around the orbit (below and above) They are watering like crazy. I'd say they literally drip every 10 seconds. The fluid is yellow/clearish. Any ideas on what this may be and how I can help, or what I can put on there? Thanks!!
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    08-05-2010, 12:00 PM
Pechos, the yellowish color has me concerned.

Does she wear a fly mask? She could have been bitten by something and now the bites are infected.

Any kind of yellow/green fluid usually contains pus. I'd be putting a call into my vet, if it were me.
    08-05-2010, 12:11 PM
Eyes are too important to risk loosing so I think they are an item that if there is anything wrong the vet should be called.

It sounds like it is very uncomfortable for your horse.
    08-05-2010, 12:44 PM
Yea, we are calling him. I know I feel horrible for her. Yesterday MY eyes even hurt because I felt so bad for her. I put a cool wet washcloth on the yesterday for a bit and wiped them out. She really seemed to enjoy that because she was leaning into me and not moving a muscle when I had the cloth over the eyes. You don't think fly spray would do that do you? I put some on my hands and wipe them on her face, I NEVER spray her, and we usually use natural stuff.
Thanks for the advice!!!
    08-05-2010, 01:59 PM
I doubt it was fly spray.

I suppose it could be a reaction to a fly spay that she is allergic to. But it is doubtful that simply spraying her face with an average fly spray would cause this issue.
    08-05-2010, 02:34 PM
It sounds like some type of infection to me. The vet should be able to give you some drops or a salve to put in there to clear them up.
    08-05-2010, 10:23 PM
Thanks for the tip guys! Yea we are getting the vet out saturday after all this wedding stuff. We think she might just be allergic to something, or somthing similar to it.
    08-05-2010, 10:39 PM
A couple horses at my stable had this last year - for them it was a bad reaction to bugs. We had horrid bugs last year. I believe they were prescribed medication from the vet and it cleared up the issues.

Good luck!
    08-05-2010, 11:35 PM
In the mean time I would definitely be getting a fly mask for her; if it is an allergy, or the bugs, this will greatly reduce the reactions...it will also help to 'shade' her eyes a bit from the bright sun right now, as she's got to be somewhat sensitive to light with all that irritation going on.

Green Tea bags on the eyes work wonders to help relieve some of the pain and itching...just soak them in warm water, bring them out with you in a container and put them on her eyes like you would the wash cloth...essentially, you could do the same thing with a wash cloth too, by soaking the cloth, with hot water and tea bags, letting it cool and bringing it out to the horse and putting the rag on her eyes, like you've been doing.

In dog and cat grooming, I've seen some serious chemical burns to the eyes from shampoos, sprays, and other stuff that may be used during the grooming process, so yes, I do think that fly spray could be a culprit, especially if it may have been able to drip down into her eyes.
    08-06-2010, 07:57 AM
Green Broke
Sounds like allergies, or clogged tear ducts. I would have your vet out to flush the ducts and buy a fly mask. I have two horses that have similar issues and as long as we keep them masked, they're fine.

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