Watery eyes

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by Abouttime, Jun 24, 2006.

  1. Abouttime

    Abouttime Well-Known Member

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    I have 4 calves all close to 4 months old-3 of them each have one eye that is watery-no color-just wet-the other is fine as is the milk cow I have-all are in the same pasture-What could this be?
     
  2. milkinpigs

    milkinpigs Dairy/Hog Farmer

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    Flies wiil buzz around andcause them to squint and tear, allergies, might be getting a switch in the eye while swatting at flies.Just keep a close watch,pinkeye can spread through all of them.Wouldn't worry ....just watch closely.
     

  3. Abouttime

    Abouttime Well-Known Member

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    Thanks-I'll keep watching for any further changes.-hopefully better ones.
     
  4. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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    When three out of four calves have it I would suspect Pink Eye. Call your vet. He may recommend pink eye treatment just in case. There is also a pink eye vaccine.
     
  5. Abouttime

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    Thanks Ken-I wish there was a large animal vet in this area-Amazingly, there is not-Truly, what a great opportunity for somebody who wants to live in a beautiful part of the country. My former small animal vet in Fl has been giving me what advice/meds she can long distance! (At least she's been learning a lot) I'll see what she can suggest.
     
  6. agmantoo

    agmantoo agmantoo Supporter

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    Is the white portion of the animals eyes blood shot or very red? If so, then you probably do have pinkeye. There are different types of pinkeye in cattle. The most common type will spontaneously heal when left alone. It is this occurence that cause many folks to think the home remedies work. Most of the remedies such as putting salt into the eye only adds hurt to already a sore eye. Leave the cattle as is for now, if you do not see an improvement in 14 days then get medications.
     
  7. Up North

    Up North KS dairy farmers

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    Abouttime, Are those animals grazing in tall grass that is forming seedheads or short immature grass?
     
  8. Abouttime

    Abouttime Well-Known Member

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    Agman- absolutely no redness-just a wet downward spot on one eye for each of the three-I googled pink eye after Ken's warning and was pleased to see exactly what you said about a good % of problems "go away". Amazing that you mention salt-I was advised by a farmer yesterday to throw some in their eyes-I just couldn't w/o some assurance it was truly a "cure. Thanks

    Up North-short, immature grass
     
  9. Up North

    Up North KS dairy farmers

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    Then Probably flies and heat as Milkingpigs suggested!