Calf with gooopy/runny eye-help

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by Momof8kiddoes, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. Momof8kiddoes

    Momof8kiddoes Well-Known Member

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    My calf (7weeks) has a real goopy eye this morning. Some yellow goop, and her eye is running. What can I do for this? A neighbor that was over suggested just using neosporin (said her dr said it was essentially the same thing as the medicated eye stuff-just make positive sure it is sanitary). What say you all?
    Mary F.
     
  2. Christina R.

    Christina R. Well-Known Member

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    There are 2 items you can buy at a feed store. One is NFZ, it is a yellow powder that you squeeze out of the container it is in. It kind of puffs into the eye. The other is an opthomalic ointment that is like neosporin for the eye. Hope this helps.
     

  3. Ronney

    Ronney Well-Known Member

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    Hi Mary,
    Treating it is fine but what do you think is causing it?

    Cheers,
    Ronnie
     
  4. DaleK

    DaleK Well-Known Member

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    Hard to tell without seeing it, the closest I can think of is a bacterial infection that's been going around in this neighbourhood for a month, I can't remember the name of it but it causes goopy, runny eyes for about a week then moves on. Lasts a week or so without treatment, or about 7 days with treatment.
     
  5. Momof8kiddoes

    Momof8kiddoes Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys,
    Ronnie, what do you mean about "what do you think is causing it"?
    Should I be looking for something that Im missing, that WOULD be causing it? Just wanting to know, Im very new to this all!
    Mary F.
     
  6. okiemom

    okiemom Well-Known Member

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    I can give my .02 for goopy eye in goats. It is like pink eye in humans. Sometimes it can even be caught by animals. Wash your hands after treating. Also like in humans eye infections can be caused by many pathogens, common cold or even irritation like hay, dust, scratc, WIND etc. When the eye becomes goopy I wash the goop away w/ warm salt water. Salt water helps sooth the eye and dry up infection. If the goop does not stop in a day or so you can put neomycin opth. ointment in the eye to prevent further infection. i believe it is available in vet catalogues. If possible isolate the cow or the rest of the herd may get it.

    Cows have a vaccine for pink eye but it won't work for goats. i believe the organism that causes pink eye can also cause abortion in cows. If your cow is pg. you might talk to your vet to double check. I am not sure if the pink eye vaccine is routine in cows or on a "if needed" basis.