Help! Goose with "frothy eye"

dwink2

Chirping
6 Years
Jun 26, 2013
80
3
64
NC Kansas
My goose has white "froth" in her left eye. The other eye looks irritated too but not as bad. I have been washing with warm saline solution but in just a little while it is "frothy" again. My gander's eyes are starting to look like this too. They have a pool with clean water along with a bucket to drink from and wash out their eyes. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to treat them? Do I need an antibiotic or is it just an irritation that will clear on its own? Thanks for your input and help. It is greatly appreciated.
 

livininbrazil

Songster
7 Years
Dec 17, 2012
4,357
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238
São Paulo State, Brazil.
My goose has white "froth" in her left eye. The other eye looks irritated too but not as bad. I have been washing with warm saline solution but in just a little while it is "frothy" again. My gander's eyes are starting to look like this too. They have a pool with clean water along with a bucket to drink from and wash out their eyes. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to treat them? Do I need an antibiotic or is it just an irritation that will clear on its own? Thanks for your input and help. It is greatly appreciated.
My book says "Toulouse are prone to slight foaming of the eye, particularly in spring. This condition may not respond to antibiotic treatment, and there may be no abnormality there; no pathogen was found in one sample I once sent off to the path lab. the condition may be due to physical irritation, such as mud or mites, or to a poor diet. Provide clean water and a good diet."
I´d also add alittle apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to the washing water to help a bit.
 

dwink2

Chirping
6 Years
Jun 26, 2013
80
3
64
NC Kansas
Thanks for the info livininbrazil. They are free ranging during the day with access to layer pellets 24/7. Should I be feeding something else too? I will try some ACV in their bucket. I sent a picture to my favorite vet to see what she thought. She is a by no means a goose specialist but she is willing to look into anything for her mother. We are both learning together about these crazy geese.
 

livininbrazil

Songster
7 Years
Dec 17, 2012
4,357
192
238
São Paulo State, Brazil.
Thanks for the info livininbrazil. They are free ranging during the day with access to layer pellets 24/7. Should I be feeding something else too? I will try some ACV in their bucket. I sent a picture to my favorite vet to see what she thought. She is a by no means a goose specialist but she is willing to look into anything for her mother. We are both learning together about these crazy geese.
sorry, I missed your post. ACV in a bucket of water is good stuff in general. It also helps to keep down any worms because of creating an environment that they don´t like, and it is, of course, a natural antiseptic. It´s just good qll-round.
When you say they´re free-ranging, i take it they´re on grass? If so, I wouldn´t leave their pellets out at all. i´d give them some in the morning so they come to see you, and some in the evening, so they come to see you, come back home, go to bed...whatever.... they don´t need so much. Ideal diet for geese is 80 - 90% grass. In the wild, it´s pretty much 100%, of course.
How are they doing now?
 

dwink2

Chirping
6 Years
Jun 26, 2013
80
3
64
NC Kansas
They are doing much better now thanks. The vet was out working cattle on our farm so she gave them a shot of LA 300. It has really helped. Someone else suggested the ACV too. How much do you add to one gallon of water?

Their pellets are shared with the chickens and turkeys so that is why it is out. Once the gate opens on the morning everyone flees and the geese rarely come back to the chicken house until bed time.

Thanks again for your help.
 

livininbrazil

Songster
7 Years
Dec 17, 2012
4,357
192
238
São Paulo State, Brazil.
They are doing much better now thanks. The vet was out working cattle on our farm so she gave them a shot of LA 300. It has really helped. Someone else suggested the ACV too. How much do you add to one gallon of water?

Their pellets are shared with the chickens and turkeys so that is why it is out. Once the gate opens on the morning everyone flees and the geese rarely come back to the chicken house until bed time.

Thanks again for your help.
Oh, so I doubt they actually eat much of it anyway, then.
With a bucket of water, just give a good squirt of the vinegar. You don´t want it too strong or they won´t drink it, but a 2-second squirt in the water seems to be fine for them. I suppose it would be half an egg-cup full.
 
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