I texted the pictures to my vet on Monday and she told me to keep an eye on Lilly's temp and report back if it was still puffy at the end of the week. She said it could take up to 10 days for it to start looking better, but it was almost gone on Tuesday when I visited, and today it was completely back to normal. I'm still not sure what the deal was, but I'm glad it wasn't anything serious. With the onslaught of bugs lately, it could have been a bug bite, she could have kicked herself, or it could have been any other myriad of things. Thanks to everyone for chiming in. It was nice not to see any of you type the words "OMG! CALL YOUR VET NOW!" It always puts my mind at ease a bit.
But as is the case sometimes, we go from one thing to another. Lilly has an allergy(s) to something this time of year. We deal with it every year from June-ish until September-ish, and her eyes will get puffy, teary, and fill up with gook. I've toyed with the idea of having her tear ducts flushed, but my vet doesn't think it will help, because if it's allergies, she'll just continue to have issues. It is MUCH better when she wears a fly mask, which is why there's a problem now.
I've been having trouble keeping a fly mask on my girl. I have suspicions that the neighbor horse keeps pulling it off. During the day they're the only two horses outside and I think they might hang out over the fence and play. I found her mask outside her pasture many times, and Tuesday it was completely shredded. Lilly doesn't shred things, so I think Mack got ahold of it. Luckily I have a spare, but I'm hoping that one doesn't meet certain death anytime soon.
I called my vet to let her know Lilly's tummy was better and inquired about what we can do for her eyes. Last year I dealt with it by keeping ointment in her eyes and flushing them with eye drops. Lilly loved that. Her left eye was really icky on Monday (she was sans fly mask when I found her) so my vet dropped off a thing of TriHist to try. Perhaps I won't need to treat her eyes this year if we can keep the allergies at bay. I read some of the reviews for it at SmartPak and everyone said they couldn't get their horses to eat it. Fantastic, because my girl is a picky eater, and it's kind of a granule/powder which is even worse. Good news, though, because today she licked it right out of my hand. You think you know your horse and then BAM! They make a liar out of you.
And as if that wasn't bad enough, with all the wet weather we've been having, she's developed a fungus on her hind legs over her canon bone, and she has some irritation above the backs of her hooves on her front legs. I'm thinking it's a minor case of scratches, so I bought a bottle of Banixx and practically hosed her down. AND, her entire chest was covered with bumps today and she wanted me to never stop scratching them for her. Not ever. She stood there with her lip stuck out even when I stopped.
Poor, poor pony. She's falling apart right before my eyes!! So she's banished to her stall during the daytime now. I've asked the BO to turn her out only at night. Hopefully it'll help with the fungus, the scratches, the allergies, and the bug bites. She can stand there and enjoy the fan.
|"It's super nice in here, lady!"|
|After the torture...|