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HARPAGOPHYTUM

Once the mare is in foal the question period should be over, right? Wrong! It's only just beginning! Discuss ideas and tips here for management techniques for the pregnant mare, and the new born foal and it's mother.

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HARPAGOPHYTUM

Postby Juliewilliams987 » Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:25 am

My vet have me harpagophytum for my mares (one is 7 months pregnant) I'v been using them for a month or so, and run out, just gone to replace them only to be told by the store that it's not safe for pregnant mare, obviously I'm concerned as iv been using them already!

Has anyone got any info?

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Re: HARPAGOPHYTUM

Postby lotsofponies » Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:27 pm

HARPAGOPHYTUM = Devil's Claw. According to Smart Pak "not to be feed to pregnant" I would not use it. Why did your vet prescribe it?
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Re: HARPAGOPHYTUM

Postby Jos » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:58 pm

One of the problems associated with the use of herbal "remedies" is that often there is little peer-reviewed research performed to give accurate accounting of effects and side-effects. That applies with this herb/drug.

Although you will find it widely recommended that it not be used in the pregnant mare, there is surprisingly little research that backs up that recommendation. Please note that this does not mean that I am recommending that it is safe for use in pregnant mares - I'm not! There is an equal lack of research to demonstrate safety of use either!!!

The bottom line is that it's an unknown, but in the absence of research that demonstrates that it is safe to use in the pregnant mare, it should not be used in one.

With respect to your specific mare, obviously do not recommence use! I would also probably recommend having the mare checked to see if she is still in foal and carrying a live foal, as in the event that she is not, you may want to start planning for rebreeding in the upcoming season. I might also feel inclined to use a different veterinarian for this, as it appears that the vet that prescribed the herb is obviously not adequately conscious of - and therefore possibly experienced in - matters relating to reproduction.

Good luck and let us know what the outcome is.
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