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post #1 of 11 Old 06-06-2016, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Swollen eye question

Just throwing this out there- I haven't dealt with eye injuries before but I gather they are nothing to mess with...

The horse that is boarded at my house has an extremely swollen eye. I noticed it last night when I fed. Not sure what caused it. I notified the owner, applied vetrycin and threw a fly mask on her. The owner never came out and this morning her eye was still swollen but open, and starting to get cloudy. I applied more veterycin and kept the fly mask on.

I told my boarder that she needs to call a vet which she is doing but most of the vets in our area are booked for the day and can't accommodate her until Wednesday.

Does she need to treat this as an emergency so a vet can come out now?
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Yes, this is an emergency.
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If the cornea is the part that is appearing to become cloudy, this is an EMERGENCY. The horse needs to be seen now. Very possible the horse could have an abrasion and/or ulcer and that is nothing to mess around with.

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If the cornea is the part that is appearing to become cloudy
It is, and there is a lot of discharge too.

I will try to push an emergency call on her.

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It is, and there is a lot of discharge too.

I will try to push an emergency call on her.

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Ditto the emergency.

I hope you have good luck getting a vet out sooner than later

Please let us know the results:)

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I'll update in the A.M.

She didn't understand that you actually needed to tell a vet that it was an "emergency..." I called one for her and they should be out in the next half hour.

The good news is that the swelling has decreased since this morning, the cloudiness hasn't changed though.
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Well I'm happy.

This boarder that I have has had horses for 6 years and not one time has she had a horse checked by a vet for anything. So this little eye problem was quite the blessing, IMO.

The vet did a full exam, dyed the eye and concluded that she likely had a bee sting which contributed to the swelling. He saw fluid in the eye and she did have a light scratch on her eye so he gave an antibiotic cream. He went against giving a cortizone shot because he said that while those help with pain and discomfort, it can lengthen the healing time. That was something I didn't know...

He also grilled my boarder about her horse's breathing problem.

He said she has an obvious heave line and you can hear her struggling to breathe. He informed her that there is an additive you can get for their feed that is basically sudafed. He can provide it monthly but she just has to pay for it and pick it up.

I think my boarder got a good understanding of just how important vet care is...both maintenance, preventative and general care. So I was happy to have that finally "click" for her. And the horse got some much needed attention that she has been needing for quite awhile now.

As of this morning, there is still some light swelling and the cloudiness has almost gone away. She just has a small spot towards the back of the eye.
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I'm glad you were persistent on getting the eye treated. You probably saved that eye.
Don't you require boarders to have routine vet care or is this a new boarder at your place?
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Don't you require boarders to have routine vet care or is this a new boarder at your place?
This is a boarder I inherited when I moved to the property last year, and the family happens to be a very close family-friend to my husband...which is why nothing with this situation is easy. I don't keep my horse at my house, I actually board her with my trainer, so this girl's mare is the only horse on the property. When I DID have my horses at home, her horse was separated from them. Because of that I'm not too concerned about anything spreading...it's more of a "whatever...your horse, your bad decisions..." I've driven myself crazy trying to get this girl to do right by her horse.

If I did have my horse at home, or boarded other horses, Then yes, routine vet care/worming/farrier and coggins would be required.
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Yay for you forcing the vet issue:)

I hope new owners read this and realize there is a lot more to owning a horse than paying board or, if the horse is home, more than buying a bag of feed and some bales of hay.

There's a legitimate reason why the majority of horse owners are always broke

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