Inverted eyelid

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  1. topside1

    topside1 Retired Coastie Supporter

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    Hi all, my newest kid was born last week and unfortunately has an inverted lower eyelid (entropion to be technical). The doeling does not appear to be suffering much but how would I know. Just squinting in bright sunlight and the eye waters slightly. I have been doing my homework and have found a few options most with no guarantees. She is eating and playing just like nothing is wrong, I feel that this condition will worsen as she ages. Anyone have some ideas or experience with inverted eyelid? I have searched the web/forums and have read books containing a few home remedies for this problem. Just looking for more help from you folks with hands on experience. Thanks, Tennessee John
     
  2. Kazahleenah

    Kazahleenah Disgruntled citizen

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    Well, my GF once had a dog with entropian. She had it surgically fixed. They made a small cut and sewed it together, was a minor operation, and healed like a charm.

    Kaza
     

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    I had a few Boer bucklings born with an inverted eyelid this Spring. All I did was pull it down and fix it every time I was in the barnyard. After about 6 or 7 "fixes", it stayed. Worked here and their eyes were fine ever since.
     
  4. topside1

    topside1 Retired Coastie Supporter

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    Ozark, thanks for the re-assurance. We have begun exercising the eyelid immediately in fact every few hours, and have even inserted petroleum jelly behind the lid to help hold it in the proper position after therapy. I am hoping that this little kid overcomes her handicap because she is just a bundle of spunk and would be a great addition to my growing herd and the future of my venture....Any other advice from members would be greatly appreciated. Tennessee John.
    As always I will keep you all apprised of my animal’s development both positive and negative.
     
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    The guy I got 2 of my goats from said they inject saline, penicillin, or ringers into the eyelid. It puffs the lid out and keeps it in the right position. Never tried it, can't imagine trying to inject an eyelid but he says they have done it for years.
     
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    Kazahleenah Disgruntled citizen

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    just so you know Topside... entropian is an inherited defect.

    Kaza
     
  7. Sweet Goats

    Sweet Goats Cashmere goats

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    I was going to ask if it was. I figured it would be.
    How is the little one doing now? :rolleyes:
     
  8. topside1

    topside1 Retired Coastie Supporter

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    Well so far therapy has not worked. I am stretching/massaging/pulling the lower eyelid four times a day. I also removed the eyelid eyelashes and have been adding petroleum jelly under the eyelid as well. I can't honestly say the little gal has made any improvements. She is still a small bundle of energy and seems to be adapting to her aliment. Ronny on the sheep forum had some interesting comments regarding genetics and passed on traits among sheep and goats. Bottom line I will keep trying to reverse her fault daily and will continue to raise her to maturity providing her medical problem does not escalate to misery. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated. Tennessee John
     
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    yes, injecting penicillin or saline right on the edge so it pops it out will help fix the problem. i've had it show up twice now, different lines, no others from those lines popped it out, so it's a gamble if it'll show up in her kids or not. sometimes pulling it out fixes it, sometimes it takes the injections-i'm not steady enough so i had a vet do it-she charged like $5 but i taught her something new, so she did it for the cost of the penicillin and needle (the boss wasn't there). and she's used it since, so she's glad i taught her that little tidbit.
     
  10. mary,tx

    mary,tx Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I once bought a young buck who had had the problem, and it was corrected with penicillin injection. He passed the trait to several kids. My vet corrected the same problem by putting a couple of stitches in the lower lid. The stitches stayed in maybe a week or so, then we removed them ourselves and the problem was fixed. Since I couldn't imagine myself learning to routinely deal with the problem, I sold the buck and all the kids that inherited the trait from him, and have not seen it since. Your does will, however, be fine once the problem is corrected, and not all their kids will inherit the trait. You will need to watch each of their kids for it, though.
    mary
     
  11. Terre d'Esprit

    Terre d'Esprit Boer-ing Mom

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    John-

    Our Iowa Meat Goat Association just had an article in our newsletter on this. I can email you the page in PDF format if you PM me with your email address. It does have a variety of suggestions.

    Kind regards,

    T
     
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    topside1 Retired Coastie Supporter

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    As promised, here is the update. The eyelid has returned to normal so I guess all the tugging, stretching and praying paid off. Was going to send a photo but right now stacking hay while the sun is shinning takes precedence. Take care,,,, Tennessee John
     
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    WAY TO GO.Persistance pays off. I am glad to her it, hopefully it stays> :p
     
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    At the goat health seminar I attended, that is what the vet recommended. I think he said to use 1 cc of penicillin, sub-Q into the eyelid, because the penicillin doesn't absorb as fast as water, it will help it hold the right shape long enough to correct it. Even if you don't want to breed the goat, you may want to raise it until it is big enough to use for meat...