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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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drippy eyes

hi, my gelding Gibbs is doing so much better since adding Ration plus,but he still has a problem with "drippy, crusted eyes". I asked my vet about this 8 months ago and he said it was just a sign that he wasn't feeling well. now that he is feeling better, he still has this problem. he seems to get a dry cough when trotting (could be just the dusty arena, so dry everywhere). Do you think he's having some allergic response, i.e. drippy eyes,cough. the vet doesn't really offer any advice. his cough is not constant and he is never stalled, prefers outside. Funny note, he's feeling so much better that he followed my trailer out the gate and ran around my neighborhood for awhile. he has never tried to escape before. so all your advice is helping, i guess i just want to fine tune him now. thanks , df

Where are you from? tx

Re: drippy eyes

Hi Dianne,

What you are describing would likely benefit from a complete vitamin/mineral supplement, one that is high in antioxidants to allow his immune system to function normally, and not in "overdrive" like it is now.

Since you are already giving Ration Plus, I highly recommend PreOx -- it offers an excellent combination of nutrients that will help with any allergies he may have, or borderline deficiencies.

I'm so pleased that he's feeling better. Yes, let's fine tune it a little and fill in the gaps.

All the best,

Dr. Getty