Veterinary Ophthalmology

Last week one of our goat kids had an injured eye.  It was swollen and red with a white lesion over the middle of the pupil.  We treated it with antibiotic/steroid drops.  His eye did not get better, and by Sunday the pupil was small with white discoloration above and below in it.  So Tom took him to the vet Monday, and he was felt to have a puncture would that was healing superficially but infected deeper.  So in addition to antibiotic ointment he is on injected antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications.  His right eye is already looking a lot better (above).

Our red golden pheasant rooster has been blind in one eye from an injury a while ago.  Recently he became blind in the other eye.  He was doing OK in a pen with another rooster, but yesterday I found him beat up by the other rooster.  A chicken had come into the pen and maybe this triggered some aggression.  Anyway now he is in a cage hopefully healing.

It seems like we have had a lot of veterinary ophthalmology lately.  In addition to the above, we have had the llama eye tumor and the infected globe of Oogie.  In the past I have had a blind dog from glaucoma, a half blind ram from an injury, and an injured eye from a blackberry vine and my neglect in the Story of Spike.  I think I need to study the topic now.

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6 Responses to Veterinary Ophthalmology

  1. Marianne says:

    I hope you are seeing things clearly! Maybe you should wear safety glasses in the barnyard.

    Best wishes for the return health of your goat kid and golden pheasant rooster.

  2. Teresa says:

    Oh my, I hope your luck changes and everyone is feeling and seeing better soon.

  3. jackie craw says:

    Wow, sorry Donna about the goat and pheasant rooster eye problems. At least you caught the problem and they are getting treated. We are familiar with eye problems and injuries around here too. We have a blind hen, who has a guide chicken helping her. That hen adjusted just fine to her blindness. We keep her confined in the chicken palace, and keep an “eye” on her. We have currently 3 other chicks or chickens that are blind in one eye. Our dogs have had various eye injuries over the years too. The worst being last fall. Our dog Molly had a swollen eye when we got back from the Chelan county fair. I took her to the vet the next day, thinking it was just an irritation. The vet saw a microscopic “something” just under the eyelid and pulled on it, and pulled and pulled! Out came a 3/4 inch piece of wood! Was I ever glad we took her in. By her behavior, you would never have known she had that thing in her eye. She was perky and normal acting. What a stoic! She recovered just fine. Animals are amazing and inspirational.

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