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  • Jingles for an eyeball?

    Monday morning the owner of my barn called and said my horses eye was tearing badly. I called the vet, he found a abscess in her eye. We think we caught it really early, with in 12 hrs, but cannot be sure because I was in bed recovering from surgery and not able to go to the barn everyday.

    She needs to be treated as many times as possible a day, I'm killing myself trying to get out there that often, and my mare is killing me by not being agreeable to the treatment (I can't do much after my surgery).

    I bought a infusion pump yesterday at the vets suggestion. The pump can inject her eye 1cc a hr all day long. He thinks this is the best route, because of my health. But I'm worried that I'm not going to be able to afford the cost of the medicine at that high rate. I am on unpaid medical leave now.

    Yesterday the vet suggested that after a week if the eye is not better than we need to consider removing the eye.

    I'm worried.

  • #2
    Sending many good thoughts. I have had to deal with two eye injuries, one where my horse ripped off over half of her corneal layer. I treated it aggressively and like your horse my mare was a holy terror and I was up all hours of the night putting ointment in. Thankfully she healed up within two weeks. It was a scary situation.
    Missouri Fox Trotters-To ride one is to own one

    Standardbreds, so much more then a harness racing horse.

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    • #3
      The last time I had an eye injury my horse had to spend a week at the vets, because even healthy I could NOT get that medicine in his eye multiple times a day ! So I think that's your best bet to be sure the injury is treated. An eye can become worse so quickly if it's NOT treated quickly and as directed.

      Good luck -

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      • #4
        I'm going through this right now. But I waited too danged long to get the proper treatment.

        The vet opthamologist who saw my guy day before yesterday says he always has a lavage system installed. He was in the vet hospital for more than two weeks before we called in the specialist.

        Odds are that my young guy will lose his eye. But that's because his corneal stromal abscess was well developed and resistant to treatment.

        Eyes are just the pits to treat manually, per me and the vet who had him before the specialist. He hates Bud now. Current vet says he's easy to treat with the lavage system.

        Apparently, from all the posts here, most horses do quite well with only one eye.

        Many jingles for your guy's eyeball. Many people are already jingling for Bud's.
        "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
        Thread killer Extraordinaire

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        • #5
          I just went through this last month. My mare had the levage put in and spent 10 days at the vet clinic. She had the same thing happen 10 years ago and had to have the flap operation. It is important to get the correct medications to treat the infection/fungus.

          I am sending many jingles.

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          • #6
            Talk to your vet about a 30 day tranq. We have one horse on stall rest and, for him, fluphenazine was a godsend.

            And, talk to your vet about the expense. In my experience (and we've had a very bad year), most will try to work with you with a payment plan.

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              #7
              Originally posted by LauraKY View Post
              Talk to your vet about a 30 day tranq. We have one horse on stall rest and, for him, fluphenazine was a godsend.

              And, talk to your vet about the expense. In my experience (and we've had a very bad year), most will try to work with you with a payment plan.
              I asked him yesterday about the 30 day traq, he seemed very opposed to it. He is a good family friend and has been very willing to work with me on vet bills thus far... He says he will continue.

              My mare is 24, she has been a brood mare for the last 8 years living in a pasture with other brood mares. I moved her closer to me last year when she hurt her leg and I did not feel she was getting good enough care, and she can no longer be breed. She seems to love her new home and the daily attention from me and the others she sees. But, she cannot stand to be in a stall, so she is being very very disagreeable to living in a stall 24hrs a day now.

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              • #8
                Bud's first vet is also resistant to "better living through chemistry". It might be his age and his experience, since he's an oldster like me. I also suggested the long lasting sedative, and he was dismissive.

                Maybe the older guys are somewhat stuck in the past.
                "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
                Thread killer Extraordinaire

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                • #9
                  JINGLES!
                  "And I will be an embarrassment to all
                  Who have not found the peace in being free
                  to have a horse as a best friend."

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by vineyridge View Post
                    Bud's first vet is also resistant to "better living through chemistry". It might be his age and his experience, since he's an oldster like me. I also suggested the long lasting sedative, and he was dismissive.

                    Maybe the older guys are somewhat stuck in the past.

                    My vet is 28! Haha! I had my filly on a months stall rest after club foot surgery in January and he balked at it then too. I think he just does not like as you put it "better living through chemistry"

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                    • #11
                      Jingles for your mare and you.

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                      • #12
                        I definately feel for you....

                        We had a 3 week old colt who lacerated his cornea and required two surgeries thus far. During the 1st surgery, they put the Lavage system in place, and today.....2 months later, we finally removed it. It was an absolute godsend for medicating the eye. We were doing several different medications, several times per day. When he came home from his second surgery (which was for a conjonctival graft) he was due to go to the surgical facility here on the island for post op care for 10+ days, but was released to me on the recommendations of my vet. At the beginning, it took 3 of us to medicate through the lavage system....and slowly, it became easier and easier.....Now that the lavage is removed, we still need to medicate for another 5 weeks before the opthomologists sees him again, but we've changed to the ointment form of meds, and we just gently do a lip twitch, administer the ointment in the eye, and give him a small food reward.

                        It will get easier.....It's very helpfull if you have a helper with you, which fortunately I have had pretty much all of the way on my young colts journey.....

                        Really good itchy scratches and grain rewards go a very long way.....

                        I wish you all the best.....It might seem discouraging now...but it WILL get better.....
                        Breeders of American Saddlebreds and Georgian Grande's
                        www.grandeislefarm.com

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                        • #13
                          Hope eye is better. I forgot to say first time around my mare was 3 and I used the humane twich-it wraps around the halter and I did use treats after treatments.
                          More jingles.

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                          • #14
                            Jingles & AO ~ Always Optimistic ~
                            Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                              #15
                              Well her eye is a little better today. The swelling is way down and she is able to hold it open most the time. She even is settling a little bit in her stall.

                              I really am hoping that we can get this cleared up by the time I leave for vacation in 3 weeks. I guess if it is not, I need to think about sending her to the vet. My BO told me under no circumstances would she let someone other than me come check the pump that is pumping meds into her eye.

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                              • #16
                                The infusion pump is a great idea. It certainly seems to be working for you. Congratulations.

                                My guy's eye is now responding to treatment--for the first time in almost a month.
                                "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
                                Thread killer Extraordinaire

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                                  #17
                                  Viney that's great that Bud's got some good news too!!!!

                                  I'm praying for him and my gal... Lets hope they pull through with both eyeballs!!!!!

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                                  • #18
                                    Jingles for your mare!! My retired mare got a deep ulcer in her eye 2 years ago but after about 6 weeks, many vet visits, and a couple thousand dollars later it got better!! But there were times I thought it wouldn't and that she would lose her eye, so just hang in there and stay vigilant with the meds!!! JINGLES!

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