Hi Everyone, I just got my cow back. She has been on a small family farm for about 4 months. They were nice enough to take her while I was pregnant and give me a bit of a break. My concern is she came back with bulging eyes. I am sure it is caused by a deficiency in something. She was not recieving any grain while she was there. Any ideas? Thanks a bunch. Kirsten
In humans it can be related to thyroid problems. Was she getting any kelp/iodine? She may need some. She may also just need to be back on her grain if it is balanced where the pasture may not have been. good luck!
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Is there any whitish color to the eye or are they still dark and bugging out?
Pink eye can cause blindness, it is characterized by a symptom of an opaqueness or pink middle to the bulging eye. It can be treated with TODAY or TOMORROW or an antibiotic prescribed by your vet . Squirt about 2cc into th eye under the lid every other day until the eye responds by becoming more normal. If it is too far advanced the cow may still be cured but will be blind in that eye.
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Well the vet came out and said it looks like the start of glaucoma?! I am putting atropine drops in her eyes 2x/day he will come back in a week. He does not know what is causing it. He is going to research it and let me know. Not much help. I am going to get some kelp out there and see if that helps also.
How old is the cow? Some Jerseys develop naturally bulging eyes when they approach maturity -- hence the name "rabbit-eyed" Jersey. Plus some cows (like Fancy) can make those eyes bulge dramatically when they're upset or see something unfamiliar.
The only other causes that I have found reference to are iodine deficiency, thyroid imbalance, and tumors or infections behind the eye(s). Both pinkeye and IBR will cause opagueness and/or obvious irritation of the eye (the opagueness of pinkeye starts from the center, IBR encroaches from the margins).
Last Edit: Dec 7, 2007 9:23:13 GMT -5 by AnnB (NE)
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