It was bound to happen sooner or later: Pinta got a nasty pointy bit of hay stuck in her eye over the weekend. GoatWisdom refers to these as “hay awns, seeds, or ‘stickers,'” and says it’s fairly common in goats. But let’s hope not!
On Saturday when P and I were doing the evening water chores, I noticed our Pinters’ one eye was shut. P said, “Oh, she probably just poked herself in the eye with some hay.”
I was pretty much in agreement — but this Goat Ma leaves nothing to chance, so I got in there for a closer inspection.
When I finally got her head in a good position to pull down her lower eyelid, I saw the tiniest piece of something sticking out of the far corner on the top (away from her nose). I wish I could say I delicately removed it, but once I had a hold of it, Pinta whipped her head with all her might.
In any event, it was out. I apologize that I wasn’t thinking of the blog, or I would’ve put it aside to show you. It was a nasty little sucker in the shape of a V and furry on one of the parts. It seems like she had it stuck in her “third eyelid” just as GoatWisdom warns can happen.
Immediately after the offending object was out, she started to be able to open her eye a bit. It was still watery and swollen, though, so I looked up what I could do to help that — and one answer I found online was to flush it with saline solution.
It was already dark by the time I found the saline suggestion, though, so I figured I’d just wait and see how she was the next day. It did look a little better, but since I had saline handy as I occasionally wear contact lenses, I flushed the eye for good measure.
She just LOVED that. Not. Ahem. But Pinta’s such a sweetheart and doesn’t hold a grudge. Especially when I come bearing watermelon rinds.
Now, on Monday, her eye is just about back to normal, but I’m still watching it closely just in case there’s an infection brewing in there. As we’ve discussed many times, I’m a worry wart Goat Ma, and, by the way, looking for answers online can often be scarier than anything you’re actually facing — the photos of goat pink eye make me hope I *never* see that in person! Gah!
Never a boring moment in the goat pen, is there?!
Have your goaties had eye injuries?
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