Wear gloves when handling goats with pink eye. Flush the eye with saline solution ( like what contact wearers use) pat dry the eye and surrounding area.
While Pink eye needs to run its course there are things we need to do to help spee recover and make the goat more comfortable. Leaving the eye untreated can also lead to loss of site and in severe cases, death. Provide shelter out of direct sunlight. Isolate from herd mate as it is contagious. If the eye is watery, red but no ulcer, you can use La200, Tylan 200 or penicillin as an eye drop..draw up a little, remove the needle and drop in effected eye. You can also use Terramycin cream or Neospordin in the eye to protect and sooth.You can also use mastitis antibiotic, Tomorrow as a eye cream. Honey and fresh goats milk are also a good choice.
IF the eye has an ulcer ( red raised bump area) DO NOT use any antibiotics in the eye as a drop, but all other treatments can be safely used
IF the eye is severe you should also give LA 200 injection...1 cc per 20# sub Q once a day for 5-7 days.
“Permanent sight loss may l occur if steriod opthalmic medications are used on ulcerated eyes. Do not use steroid products such as Gentocin Durafilm (cortico-steroids) or any medication containing dexamethazone on an ulcerated eye. Blood vessels must begin to grow back into the eye for healing to occur and sight to return, and steroids will interfere with blood-vessel regeneration. Further, if the organism causing the Pinkeye is viral, steroids make the illness worse fast.”
Make sure the goat is eating and drinking well...
#1 is a mild case where the antibiotic eye drop or cream should clear it up quickly.
#2 is beginning to build an ulcer, I would not use antibiotics as a drop
#3 This is becoming serious and I would include injectable antibiotics
#4 This eye is severe and the goat may loose the eye...you need to use injectable antibiotics along with the creams
If the eye is left untreated, it can implode and cause internal infection and death. For more info on the treatment of Pink eye, here is a link