Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

equine recurrent uveitis aka moonblindness (long sorry)

Expand Messages
  • allgooddogsinwi@aol.com
    Hi Everyone, I m sad to say my 6 yo paint developed an eye infection today. I was with him late last night and he was fine. I go out to the barn today, the Vet
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 31, 2005
    • 0 Attachment
      Hi Everyone,
       
      I'm sad to say my 6 yo paint developed an eye infection today. I was with him late last night and he was fine. I go out to the barn today, the Vet was out there on her routine 2 week visit. My 2 horses were already down in the lean to waiting for me to feed them. They both had on fly masks so I couldn't see anything wrong with them. I said Hi to the Doc, and Hi to my guys. The Vet leaves and I feed my horses and remove their masks to wash them. And I see Cowboy has pus running down his face and his eye is warm, pink and blood shot in the corners. I've only owned him a year. He sustained an eye injury last winter, it looked like a bite mark above and below his eye lids. I took him to see an equine eye specialist at UW-Madison. She said it's good news and bad news. Good news was she didn't think it was moonblindness, bad news she didn't know what it was.
       
      Today, I'm convinced it is recurrent uveitis. I cleaned his eye as best as I could and reapplied the med's that I had from before and gave him some bute. The thing is, that this time, it started with the opposite eye and it was limited to that eye. But, within a couple of hours I could see his other eye developing the same symptoms. I'm upset to say the least. With each episode of uveitis the horse loses more of their eye sight. I'm financially unable to do anything else for this horse. I've had some success with some hoof problems he was having. So, I was hopeful that the eye thing would not come back, and felt like I was just getting to know this horse's quirks and was getting them straightened out.
       
      On the other hand, one of the horses in the herd became very ill a few days ago. She was down in the pasture. I found her and called her owner. Couldn't reach her. Long story short. Next day, the horse's owner and the horse are in the lean to and she's recognized that something is obviously not right with her horse and she asks me what she was like the day before. So, I tell her how she was acting etc. Her Vet ends up coming to the barn and I overhear him telling her that he doesn't know why she's still alive. All her body systems are shutting down. So, they take her to the hospital. She doesn't have colic, but some severe infection. So, I'm wondering if my horse caught her infection? Especially since, I was handling her. I even took her vital signs. I could have unknowingly spread something to my horses. I have some antibiotic hand lotion. But, I could have forgotten to use it or if it was a virus, that bacterial lotion wouldn't work on that anyway.
       
      What are some of the symptoms of West Nile? There have been cases not far from here. Any ideas? Thanks.
       
       
      Warmly,

      Horse Mamma aka Laura
      All Good Dogs
      Madison, WI.
    • Ryle Dittmar
      Laura, You should really have your vet out to take a look at his eye. Without an exam you really don t know what is going on and can t be sure that you are
      Message 2 of 3 , Sep 2, 2005
      • 0 Attachment
        Message
        Laura,
          You should really have your vet out to take a look at his eye.  Without an exam you really don't know what is going on and can't be sure that you are using the right medications.  Some medications can even do more harm depending on the condition.  
          West Nile Virus causes fever and neurological symptoms--weakness, lack of coordination, drooping lower lip, chewing movemenents, circling, etc.  I wouldn't be concerned about it from a runny eye.
         
        Cindy D., RVT
         

        --
        No virus found in this outgoing message.
        Checked by AVG Anti-Virus.
        Version: 7.0.344 / Virus Database: 267.10.18/86 - Release Date: 8/31/2005

      • sebastian veres
        Hi ,i think that you should have your horse checked for Leptospira group bacteria as they sometimes cause recurent uveitis. allgooddogsinwi@aol.com wrote:Hi
        Message 3 of 3 , Sep 5, 2005
        • 0 Attachment
          Hi ,i think that you should have your horse checked for Leptospira group bacteria as they sometimes cause recurent uveitis.

          allgooddogsinwi@... wrote:
          Hi Everyone,
           
          I'm sad to say my 6 yo paint developed an eye infection today. I was with him late last night and he was fine. I go out to the barn today, the Vet was out there on her routine 2 week visit. My 2 horses were already down in the lean to waiting for me to feed them. They both had on fly masks so I couldn't see anything wrong with them. I said Hi to the Doc, and Hi to my guys. The Vet leaves and I feed my horses and remove their masks to wash them. And I see Cowboy has pus running down his face and his eye is warm, pink and blood shot in the corners. I've only owned him a year. He sustained an eye injury last winter, it looked like a bite mark above and below his eye lids. I took him to see an equine eye specialist at UW-Madison. She said it's good news and bad news. Good news was she didn't think it was moonblindness, bad news she didn't know what it was.
           
          Today, I'm convinced it is recurrent uveitis. I cleaned his eye as best as I could and reapplied the med's that I had from before and gave him some bute. The thing is, that this time, it started with the opposite eye and it was limited to that eye. But, within a couple of hours I could see his other eye developing the same symptoms. I'm upset to say the least. With each episode of uveitis the horse loses more of their eye sight. I'm financially unable to do anything else for this horse. I've had some success with some hoof problems he was having. So, I was hopeful that the eye thing would not come back, and felt like I was just getting to know this horse's quirks and was getting them straightened out.
           
          On the other hand, one of the horses in the herd became very ill a few days ago. She was down in the pasture. I found her and called her owner. Couldn't reach her. Long story short. Next day, the horse's owner and the horse are in the lean to and she's recognized that something is obviously not right with her horse and she asks me what she was like the day before. So, I tell her how she was acting etc. Her Vet ends up coming to the barn and I overhear him telling her that he doesn't know why she's still alive. All her body systems are shutting down. So, they take her to the hospital. She doesn't have colic, but some severe infection. So, I'm wondering if my horse caught her infection? Especially since, I was handling her. I even took her vital signs. I could have unknowingly spread something to my horses. I have some antibiotic hand lotion. But, I could have forgotten to use it or if it was a virus, that bacterial lotion wouldn't work on that anyway.
           
          What are some of the symptoms of West Nile? There have been cases not far from here. Any ideas? Thanks.
           
           
          Warmly,

          Horse Mamma aka Laura
          All Good Dogs
          Madison, WI.


          Click here to donate to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
        Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.