I have five wonderful goats in a closed herd. Peabody, a big Saanen, has had a goopy eye for 6+ months now. Photo is attached.
Only the one eye is irritated. He doesn't seem to be bothered by it—he never squints or scratches at the eye, unless we try to wash it with saline (which we stopped because it made him scratch).
We had a very dry summer and I thought it might be irritated by dust, but here we are in the winter and it just seems to be getting worse. His inner eyelid is very pink and the tear trough seems to be getting more raw and elongated/losing hair. No one else in the herd is affected, so definitely not contagious.
Haven't found anything on Google; our goat rental guy doesn't have any idea; my holistic goat care book doesn't have any suggestions.
I would greatly appreciate any help y'all can give! Thank you!
The lower eyelid is slightly rolled in, thus causing irritation to the cornea. the roll in could have been caused by the original irritation or infection (since you didn't say that he has had this eye discharge since kidhood). It's not all that uncommon to see this persist for months after the initial injury. Plus it could be indicative of a continuing low grade infection.
I've never tried using LA-200 directly into the eye, but I bet Travis has. So I'd be tempted to try that. If the problem still persists after a few LA-200 treatments, then using a lubricant in the eye twice a day (or more if possible) might help. Or if you have an eye ointment in your first kit, that would be a good try, especially if it has a cortisone in it to reduce the irritation.
If this goat were presented to me at the clinic, I would first look for a foreign body in the the eye...lower eyelid to be specific. I don't see an ulcer on the cornea in the photo, but I'd be looking for one. I'd check the pink tissue around the eye to look for a foreign body, injury, and see if it is more red than normal. You can do this by comparing the good eye with the bad eye. If there were no injuries, then I'd inject sterile saline into the lower eyelid in such a way to force the lip of the eyelid away from the eyeball. I'd also use an eye anesthetic to give the goat some relief from the irritation for a few hours. that by itself often reduces this type of problem. Then I'd prescribe an antibiotic ointment with cortisone to be applied 3 times a day for 5 days.
There are other ways to treat this problem, but this is what I'd try first.
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