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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-01-2007, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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My horse's eyes water a lot. I think the poor guy has allergies (like his mom) and we've been contending with it one way and another for years. Some days he has goopy tear stains under his eyes that I have a tough time cleaning. I clean his eyes at least once a day. Sometimes it's hard to get that dried tearing off without pulling his hairs or otherwise irritating his skin. I've tried water, mineral oil, and a few other things. I'd like to be able to clean it easily without driving the poor guy crazy! He's so good about it. I was thinking about trying that stuff they use for tear stains on dogs. Any ideas or input?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-01-2007, 09:39 PM
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Hmm, I would think that mineral oil or baby oil would help soften the goop enough that it would come off fairly easy. I can't think of anything else off the top of my head right now, but if I do I'll be sure to let you know!


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i wonder if cleaning his eyes with allergy contact solution or eye drops would help with the tearing... (DONT DO THIS WITH OUT TALKING TO A VET)

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-02-2007, 09:53 AM
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Call a vet?
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-02-2007, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Thanks! :)

Thanks for your suggestions. Mineral oil does help, but some days his tears get extra goopy. It sort of solidifies like hard candy below his eyes. Then I basically have to leave the oil on overnight for it to work. I do have some opthamalic (sp) ointment to help the allergies but it's steriodal so I don't like to use it too often. Maybe the allergy drops would help for those "in between" days.
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expecially ask your vet if you are planning to mix the two (even on diffrent days..)

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-05-2007, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Nope, I agree. Thanks again.
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I know this post is a couple weeks old, but did you find something that works?
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we used to use a little vasoline/petroleum jelly in our horses eyes

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2007, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Not really. I was hoping maybe the stuff they use to clean dogs' tear stains might work but it seems they have bleach or other chemicals to clean the actual stains/discolorations those little dogs get, so I don't want to use that. For my purposes, I guess tear "stain" is a misnomer, as it's really tear residue I want to clean. On Teddy it hardens and can be really hard to get off, esp without taking hair with it. But I've been making do with water, baby oil and good 'ol fingernail scraping!
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