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post #11 of 22 Old 10-18-2011, 07:24 PM
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It almost looks like a tumor. It looks very similar to the one that was posted here, but I can't find it =( I'm not sure though.
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post #12 of 22 Old 10-18-2011, 07:47 PM
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Subbing because I would like to know what you find out. My guess is maybe the start of an ulcer??
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post #13 of 22 Old 10-28-2011, 09:04 AM
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Did you ever find out what is was?
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post #14 of 22 Old 10-28-2011, 03:05 PM
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Id put my money on that being a hay seed. If its gone now. they occasionally get embedded but usually come out on their own. a good way to wash your horses eye is to use cooled boiling water, put it in your mouth and then holding the eye open spit it in. good in emergencies and will remove most small objects.
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post #15 of 22 Old 10-29-2011, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the responses guys! After meeting with specialist after specialist we've finally figured out what this "thing" is!

I got 2 different equine opthomologists to look at Robbie since the first guy wasn't too sure what it was. The tumor/cyst thing was biopsied and tested...not a tumor. No sign of cancer, etc. Good news! But they still didn't know what it was. So further testing was done and a vet was consulted from some univsersity in Toronto. And then we found out what it is!

Apparently, this "thing" on poor Robbie's eye is a rare type of allergic reation caused by an extremely rare fly landing in his eye. Ummm...yeah so weird right? I guess there are only roughly 20 cases like this reported in Canada (not just in AB but all of Canada haha) because this type of fly is rare and the allergic reaction can only occur on certain membranes (eye, inner nose, bum) and this fly landing on one of the three areas is super rare. So all in all, Robbie got "bit" by this uber rare fly and now has a lovely growth because of it haha. But the extremely good news is that this can all be cured with steriod antibiotics! :) It will take 2-3 months for the bump to go away and I have to apply the eye ointment 3-4 times a day but his eye will be just fine with no damage or lasting effects! The only thing I must do come next year is keep a fly mask on the poor guy haha.

I'll take some updated pics of the growth, it's gone down so much already and I guess it'll kinda just fall off and then the origin of growth just needs to heal up. :) Yay!

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post #16 of 22 Old 10-30-2011, 10:10 AM
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Wow! It bad that this has happened but great that its a minor thing that is an easy fix.


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post #17 of 22 Old 10-30-2011, 11:30 AM
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I'm glad it's not cancer and hope it will heal right up! I had a similiar post and picture not too long ago and we found out my horse has cancer.

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post #18 of 22 Old 10-30-2011, 03:51 PM
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Wow, is it a fly that gets about all over the place, what kind of fly?
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post #19 of 22 Old 10-30-2011, 04:30 PM
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Crazy! Glad you got it figured out.
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post #20 of 22 Old 11-01-2011, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! Yeah it was pretty scary not knowing what was going on. My friend was telling me horror stories about her old grey gelding that had a tumor in his eye, went blind and crazy and got put down. Haha nice reassuring friend eh?

But yeah, super happy it's not a tumor or anything serious! And the specialist said there will be no damage to the eye whatsoever once the thing is gone! So after Robbie's scratched cornea (in his other eye of course..) and this growth on this eye, I hope we're all done with eye problems for now! Haha.

I got some pics of the "healing eye" so I'll upload them when I'm home and not on my phone haha. :)
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