Last Updated on February 23, 2022 by Allison Price
Equine conjunctivitis can cause swelling and irritation in the horse’s eyes. This is a bacterial infection.
It’s always a concern to see if your horse has a swollen or swollen pupil. But this time of the year, it could just be equine pinkeye, a common bacterial infection that can be easily treated.Healthy eyes are clear and wide-open. There is no drainage or discharge.
The conjunctiva, the mucous membranes that line your eyelids, can ooze out of the lids when afflicted eyes swell. Keep in mind that horses are likely to be sensitive about having their eyes examined. Use the thumb and forefinger to gently open the lids and examine the eyeball for signs of trouble. If the globe is bright and healthy, it means that there is a problem with the lids. A problem with the eyeball should be treated immediately by your veterinarian.
Equine conjunctivitis occurs when bacterial invasion is possible due to trauma to the tissues around the eyes. To get rid of irritation caused by face flies, horses rub the eye area with their knees. However, the insects leave but any bacteria they may have carried can be rubbed into sensitive eyelid membranes. Eye irritation can also be caused by windblown dust. Horse conjunctivitis, unlike pinkeye in cattle is not caused by airborne virus. However, horses can come into direct contact with other horses and contract particularly severe strains.
I’m Allison, born and raised in San Diego California, the earliest memory I have with horses was at my grandfather’s farm. I used to sit at the stable as a kid and hang out with my Papa while he was training the horses. When I was invited to watch a horse riding competition, I got so fascinated with riding!