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Hi I just got a new horse yesterday although the previous owners say he has ...
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    Hi I just got a new horse yesterday although the previous owners say he has goopy eyes because of his Pink skin around his eye it sounds kinda fishy to me. He is also under weight.
    to stay on the safe side I am trying veterycin( sp?) An ointment for conjunctivitis and other bacteria infections. I hope it clears up.

    Could his discharge be from the pigment around his eyes??
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    Get a vet to look at it ,whether the goop clears up or not. Horses with white/pink skin around the eyes are susceptable to squamous cell carcinoma (cancer) of the eyelids.
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    Why would I need a vet check for his eyes if they clear up? It seems like If I see other issues once they are clear that would be a more valid reason to investigate.
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    Pigment is not a "cause" of discharge. It is important to note that lighter colored eyes do suffer from more problems though (one of them Patty mentioned).

    Bacterial infections are rarely, if ever, a primary condition in horses. They are usually secondary to some other pathology. He has a discharge due to one of the following conditions: conjunctivitis, dacrocystitis (inflammation of the tear ducts), something clogging the tear ducts, endothalmitis, allergy, corneal ulcers, keratitis, foreign body in the conjunctiva/eyelids/cornea, cancer (squamous cell carnicoma, lymphoma, melanoma, etc), stromal abscess, fungal infection, Equine Recurrent Uveitis, Uveitis secondary to a systemic illness (like lyme disease, sepsis or just about anything else that gets into the blood), parasites - onchocerca, habronema, thalezia, and possibly several other things that are not off the top of my head right now.

    Certain metabolic conditions may also predispose to chronic eye infections - such as Cushing's disease.
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    You need to have eyes checked for same reason if your eyes were reddened all the time, and you used Visine to clear up redness. Eyes clearing up does not mean problem is gone completely, it just means one of the symptoms are, at the moment at least.

    Could be horse needs flushed too.
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    From my experience, my appaloosas tend to have runny, goopy eyes, I don't know if this has to do with the scelara or not especially if it's windy or cold out. Horses with blue eyes and white faces tend to do this more as well. My paint with blue eyes has runny eyes, my paint with brown eyes does not.

    But weather affects horses eyes just like ours. I put fly masks on mine, and buy eye cream as well.

    If the skin is red or looks inflamed, I would get it checked out. Otherwise, the horse just has runny/goopy eyes. But he is also malnourished, so could be other underlying causes.

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    The reason for the vet is to insure there is no underlying issues causing repeated discharge ,especially given the previous owners seems to be saying this is not something new. It could be nothing but allergies or irritation from dust , or clogged tear ducts (which need vet flushing) or whatever. But with white around the eyes I would not take a chance as eyelid cancers start very small and do not always cause discharge.
    I lost a horse to eyelid cancer and the cancer was only the size of a pinead when first noticed. Long story why it did not get diagnosed and treated at that time (not my fault...) but anyway it was very aggressive and migrated around in back of his eye and into his sinus casvities in just a few months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meadow36 View Post
    Pigment is not a "cause" of discharge. It is important to note that lighter colored eyes do suffer from more problems though (one of them Patty mentioned).

    Bacterial infections are rarely, if ever, a primary condition in horses. They are usually secondary to some other pathology. He has a discharge due to one of the following conditions: conjunctivitis, dacrocystitis (inflammation of the tear ducts), something clogging the tear ducts, endothalmitis, allergy, corneal ulcers, keratitis, foreign body in the conjunctiva/eyelids/cornea, cancer (squamous cell carnicoma, lymphoma, melanoma, etc), stromal abscess, fungal infection, Equine Recurrent Uveitis, Uveitis secondary to a systemic illness (like lyme disease, sepsis or just about anything else that gets into the blood), parasites - onchocerca, habronema, thalezia, and possibly several other things that are not off the top of my head right now.

    Certain metabolic conditions may also predispose to chronic eye infections - such as Cushing's disease.
    he doesnt have blue eyes or light colored eyes he had a baldface (pink skin around his eyes) with dark brown eyes... so is the eye issues with light colored eyes apply to eyes that are dark with light colored skin?
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    I wouldn't put anything in the eye until the vet sees him and diagnoses it. It is not normal for a horse to have goopy, if by that you mean, thick discharge, in their eyes. If it's just clear water dripping I wouldn't worry about it. That is normally just allergies, but thick discharge should be looked at by the vet. Also, you say the horse is thin so his immune system is probably weak and getting a fecal and bloodwork done will tell you exactly where he is healthwise.



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    Quote Originally Posted by manesntails View Post
    I wouldn't put anything in the eye until the vet sees him and diagnoses it. It is not normal for a horse to have goopy, if by that you mean, thick discharge, in their eyes. If it's just clear water dripping I wouldn't worry about it. That is normally just allergies, but thick discharge should be looked at by the vet. Also, you say the horse is thin so his immune system is probably weak and getting a fecal and bloodwork done will tell you exactly where he is healthwise.

    GOOD POINT! Ok so its not goopy its runny. Not alot of dischage just enought to be concerned...

    EDIT: he is not SKINNy but you can see his ribs so Im working on getting his weight up. A reg vet check will be made soon I just want to put some weight on him deworm him for now.
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