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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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summer sores

Hi. I have been reading topics on this forum for some time now and find the information helpful. I'm hopeing that you can help me with a question i have.
Four weeks ago my horse began to have a watery eye. The vet came out and said he had a summer sore. He removed the sore and precscribed an ointment for his eye and told me to worm him with ivermectin, one tube for five days in a row. All was well for about two weeks. Now his eye is starting to water again. I am afraid he has another summer sore. It's only been a little over three weeks since he had the treatment of ivermectin. If his eye continues to water I am going to have to call the vet back out. My question is would it be safe to worm him with ivermectin in the same way again in such a short period of time?
Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me.

Where are you from? florida

How did you locate this forum? a friend

Re: summer sores

Hi Daisy,

I know it's been a few days since you've written and I hope your horse's eye is doing better. I would not suggest reworming. Your horse may simply have a blocked tear duct, which your vet can clear out mechanically in a simple, painless procedure. Or it may be allergies.

Your best bet at this point would be to have your vet take another look at it. If you've ruled out any medical problem, there are nutritional approaches toward lessening allergic responses. So, please let me know if I can assist you further.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO