Angus had his eye enucleated August 2016
Angus is a 20-ish Shire gelding that came to AAE with several issues. Veterinary evaluation identified chronic uveitis in both eyes, a swollen knee from infection, and chronic progressive lymphedema (CPL or "scratches") with extensive skin lesions on his front legs. During his intake exam, he was sedated so we could treat his legs. They were clipped, medicated and bandaged. A few days later, bandages were removed, the areas were bathed/cleaned and clipped more. His leg sores improved tremendously, reducing the pain, but they will require ongoing treatment (cleansing, clipping, medicating) throughout the rest of his life. Angus' eye condition was painful, and he had lost significant vision in his left eye. His eyes were initially treated with an ophthalmic ointment with antibiotics and a steroid in hopes they would improve. One eye improved, but the other did not. After multiple near misses with his eye and a fence, his eye and a branch, and his eye and a post, we opted to remove the eye before he injured it and would need emergency treatment. More importantly, removal of his eye would also resolve the chronic pain caused by the uveitis, and it would minimize the ongoing care/treatment the eye would need. The surgery was a success, and Angus is doing amazingly well. What a relief for him. Along with his antibiotic treatment that accompanied his eye care, and new shoes placed on his front hooves, his swollen knee has pretty well resolved, and the big guy is moving along very well!! Angus’ vet costs to date exceed $2200.