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  1. #1
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    Default EYE ULCER

    anyone here had experience with an eye ulcer\/ \i'm out of town, using strtange keyboard....my horse had goopy eye with red lids upper and lower on the inside for about 5 days before i left. used human polysporin before i left per vet assistsant insgtructions. vet saw horse today and said he has eye ulcer and she gave him shot of bute and lefgt BMT and paste form bute for my friend to administer while i'm gone. how serious is this...have yet to speak to vet. her assitant said on the phone they can treat this, but could take a few weeks to clear up/// ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS\\ WOULD LIKE TO HEAR ABOUT it...sorry for bad typing, not used to laptop keyboard. thanks...
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    Get some blinkers on that horse NOW. My mare had an ulcer last year and almost lost her eye. It was looking better and ONE scratch on her leg with the eye left it much much worse. Blinkers 24/7, I used a guardian mask overtop for turn out. Atropine twice a day and BNP as many times as we could muster. Bute too.

    take this VERY seriously!!



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    Eye ulcers can go badly very fast. You probably should be having it treated 3-4 times a day, and have the horse in a mask. If the vet is using anything that dialates the pupils, then the horse needs to be out of the sun. I wouldn't turn out during daylight even with a mask, in case they get teh mask off.



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    I feel for you...went through this earlier in the year. It took 7 weeks of 4x a day treating for my guy to recover. The vets had him on atropine, antifungals and antibiotics. It was very painful for the horse and he had to stay out of the sunlight b/c the atropine dialates the pupil. Your vet should do a culture to see what antibiotics he will respond to.

    One thing that really seemed to get my guy's eye healing was GenTeal http://www.drugstore.com/genteal-lub...=eye+ointments as suggested by the opthalmologist. Once I started using that stuff, his eye seemed to heal more quickly.

    Thehorse.com has a video on their site that shows a great way to apply the ointment with a tiny syringe. After a few days of treatment, your horse may not want any part of it, so you need to find a way that works for you and him.

    Good luck!



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    How serious? VERY Serious! My mare almost lost her eye due to a corneal ulcer and that was even after getting her to the hospital within hours of the first signs! I had the vet immediately out and he saw how bad it was and called the specialist who came out (and who doesn't do farm calls) - he took one look and asked how fast could I get her to the hospital (the cornea was melting at that point). I hooked up my trailer and off we went. She was treated every hour for the first day or so then every two hours, etc. via a SPL system (with multiple meds). She spent four days there and then I treated her 4x day for weeks after that. She has lost some vision and has a permanent cloudy spot on her eye. So yes it is very serious.

    Hope it turns out okay for your guy .
    "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England



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    I'm treating a very big corneal ulcer in one of my horses now. Eye issues are VERY SERIOUS and require immediate and continuing attention until healed.

    Here is what we are doing, starting a little over a week ago:

    The horse was getting 1 g of bute twice a day. Now he is more comfortable, so we are weaning off the bute.

    4-5x a day, we are putting 0.2 cc of Adequan (it is an anticoagulant) and some triple antibiotic opthalmic ointment into the eye. We are also putting atropine in the eye as necessary (3x a day, more if necessary) to keep the pupil dilated.

    The horse is allowed turnout, but only with the affected eye completely covered. We are using a fly mask and covering the entire half of the eye mask on the affected side with duct tape. You can also probably get a special eye cover, but this is working for us (with the vet's blessing).

    My vet is checking on him once a week, but I will call in a second if there is any issue.

    I am lucky that this injury seems to be healing very well and fast -- but I treat all eye injuries as VERY serious. My friend's horse lost his eye due to a big corneal ulcer that wasn't treated properly... so I am paranoid about any eye issues.

    Good luck!! I hope your horse heals quickly and without incident.



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    am still out of town,,,now want to cut vacation short so i can go home and make sure he's getting correct care. my person is treating him with bnt or bmt and bute. vet said not to use fly mask. thanks for your input...it sounds veery serious but vet said they can treat it. it is a small speck on his eye ..will update when i get back home...
    Dark Horse Farm



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    My horse ultimately lost his eye due to an eye ulcer. However, he got used to only having one eye amazingly fast and has been fine ever since. That was 2 years ago. Really hope your situation doesn't come to that.



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    Default THANK YOU....happy update on eye ulcer

    Thanks everyone for the input on this thread. I ended up going home early and when I got here, his eye looked FANTASTIC! Caretaker said it had been reallly badly guping just a few days ago, but the BNP and Bute did the trick very quickly. I'm still using the BNP 3-5 times daily per vet instructions...stopped the Bute. He didn't even eat a treat of grain when I got home, but have been dopey on the Bute. He never turns it down...the grain.
    Another life lesson learned once again with horses. Thanks to these forums, it really can save horses' lives and health by tuning in to others' experiences. I now realize how quickly an eye "thing" can go wrong. My boy's eye looks really good this morning and I'm glad I'm home, "just in case". Thanks everyone! He's going to be just fine.
    Dark Horse Farm



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    Glad he is better! It's great it is under control. I never want to have to deal with one again! COTH really came through for me when I went through it to. We never stop learning about horses!



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    Quote Originally Posted by dbaygirl View Post
    Thanks everyone for the input on this thread. I ended up going home early and when I got here, his eye looked FANTASTIC! Caretaker said it had been reallly badly guping just a few days ago, but the BNP and Bute did the trick very quickly. I'm still using the BNP 3-5 times daily per vet instructions...stopped the Bute. He didn't even eat a treat of grain when I got home, but have been dopey on the Bute. He never turns it down...the grain.
    Another life lesson learned once again with horses. Thanks to these forums, it really can save horses' lives and health by tuning in to others' experiences. I now realize how quickly an eye "thing" can go wrong. My boy's eye looks really good this morning and I'm glad I'm home, "just in case". Thanks everyone! He's going to be just fine.
    Yeah!!! Great news!! Glad he is doing good - sorry though you had to cut your trip short!

    "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England



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    ryansgirl: thanks! You quote says it all, he met me with his usual large, beautiful, liquid eyes and it was worth coming home even though I was at .... Spruce Meadows!!! Even after feasting my eyes on the beautiful horseflesh there, the sight of him looking at me with those big brown eyes when I opened the door made me think, damn, he's one of the most gorgeous horses on the planet!! This is where I want to be. Thankfully, there is a livecam there so I've been watching on the site, although due to broadcasting rights of some networks, the taped version will be shown later on TV such as the Natons Cup and the CN tomorrow.
    Yaayy..Canada was second today in the BMO Nations Cup!!
    Dark Horse Farm



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