Friday, 15 February 2013

Eye Eye

I have noticed Kenzie  rubbing his eyes against , well against anything handy really.  Gates , Posts etc.  On inspection, the corner of his eyes are a bit sore.  Its nothing really dramatic but its something.

We have been putting cream on.  He knows it will do him good and stands for us - well more or less. This seems to calm it down for a while but I would like to get to the bottom of this in case it gets worse.  Its only Kenzie - Noah has matter in the corner of his eye sometimes - but he always has had this and it never bothers him.

Could it be the dredded Mite ? We haven't front-lined for a while since the weather has been so cold and dismal.  Their feet have not been dry enough.  There isn't really much sign of any other mite related symptoms (ankle scratching / nibbling).  Next scheduled cydectin injection (he is allergic to dectomax) is early March.  We may bring this forward.

Could it be a mineral deficiency ?  The grass is at its worst and we have been cutting down on hard food as part of operation slim-fast. My research says that all the rain will have washed away any minerals that do exist. I know that there isn't minerals per say in vitamin gel but they have had their fair share of this over the winter (25ml / month).  Bev has been reading up on high Zinc related fodder supplements etc.  But I have heard talk of Selenium, Copper and all sorts of stuff.  Should we be getting a blood test and adjusting to suit ?  Should we be using a mineral drench ? More research required.

Could it be hay bag related ?  We use bags with a big hole in the front.  Its not as big as an Alpaca head and as they have been muching a lot of hey while the snow has been falling , and the boys have been digging deep , maybe he has rubbed him self raw ?

So a plan of action needs to be put into err, action.  What I am thinking of is ..

1) Cydectin and Front Line
2) Continue with topical application of cream (alternate days Salvon and Aloe)
3) Move back to twice daily Camelibra
4) Assess again in a week.
5) Blood test and Mineral by injection if needed ?

Does anyone have any similar experience ? Any advise or suggestions ?

Dougal is due to be weaned today - count down to new boys is about to start.


  1. One of ours regularly has a 'gooey' eye - we got Orbelin cream once, but it comes and goes and doesn't get worse so we don't bother any more. If both eyes are affected as you imply, then it does seem like some kind of infection, sorry that's not much help.

  2. my remote guess without seeing him would be zinc. The grass has little goodness in it at the minute as you say...back to Camelibra rations would be my first choice.