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  • Joined Aug 2018
Ewe with bulging eye :(
« on: November 24, 2021, 07:04:56 pm »
Noticed this eweís eye to be bulging slightly. Her right side is how both eyes normally look. Behind her right eye is relatively flat towards her ear but the left side looks swollen. It would be the equivalent of where our temple is. No inflammation, pinkness, cloudiness. No weeping, pus, or staining. No trauma visible, she doesnít look like sheís caught herself on anything. Her vision doesnít seem impaired. She isnít feeding from troughs or silage bales.
I caught her and examined it. Her bottom jawline is solid. The swelling is malleable, not solid (but I didnít push around too much). I read about abscesses that can form in their mouths but she is eating ewe nuts and grazing. Her temp was 39.17 and I gave her a shot of combi AI/AB.
Iíve checked her today and itís no better but no worse.
Any ideas on what this could be? Could she have taken a good knock (they do squabble and butt sometimes) and itís swollen? Seems unlikely I guess but the jab hasnít made any difference. Iím going to check her again tomorrow (theyíre at winter grazing) and speak to the vet if no improvement.
If she was in a large flock I doubt anyone would notice.


  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Ewe with bulging eye :(
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2021, 07:34:29 pm »
Hard to tell from the picture really. Probably worth getting the vet to look at her.
« Last Edit: November 24, 2021, 08:00:23 pm by twizzel »


  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Ewe with bulging eye :(
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2021, 07:38:04 pm »


  • Joined Aug 2018
Re: Ewe with bulging eye :(
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2021, 05:31:21 pm »
So I spoke to the vet and gave her another shot of Hexasol on Friday but also booked her in for a visit today as although it hadnít changed by Friday it looked more bulgy.

Vetís looked at it today. Not an abscess or an haematoma as he stuck a needle in and nothing came out. He said maybe she could have taken a good knock clashing with another sheep. I asked if a swelling like that wouldnít go down over time rather than get bigger and he said it depended on what got damaged as something like a lymph node would take longer to come out and get better.

Heís given her a metacam and I have two more shots to give her. Weíve brought her home with a lamb for company (which she isnít impressed about!) so we can get hold of her easier. Obviously Iím hoping sheís in lamb and want as less stress as possible. That was the idea of having the vet out instead of taking her down but ended up moving her anyway :(

He said if no improvement it could be some sort of mass. I guess that means a tumour. It could keep growing and her eye could get worse. As long as she seems well otherwise not much else we can do but Iíd be afraid her eye is going to fall out. As he said, without a scan thereís no way to tell for definite what it could be. So keeping fingers crossed that a miracle happens and the metacam works.


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