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Possible Placentitis...at almost 10 months...Jos?

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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Possible Placentitis...at almost 10 months...Jos?

Postby marksrn98 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:42 pm

Today I noticed my mare started developing a bag today...not huge, but definitely started getting bigger and she's been acting cranky the last week..she is 292 days in foal today and the vet is concerned about her having placentitis and wants her started on SMZ...he feels she is bagging up too early...is 6 weeks too early for her to be starting an udder? I am really worried now :(
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Re: Possible Placentitis...at almost 10 months...Jos?

Postby Jos » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:55 pm

Did the vet measure the mare's CTUP (combined thickness, uterus and placenta) by ultrasound to make the diagnosis of possible placentitis? If not, what technique did they use?

The average gestational duration of the equine is anywhere between 320 and 370 days, so your mare is in fact only 28 days before the onset of average gestational period, and it would not be unusual for a mare to start developing an udder 4 weeks prior to foaling. If however your veterinarian has definitively diagnosed placentitis, then SMZ are not the only treatment usually applied. Progestin supplementation along with NSAID (usually Flunixin meglumine - "Banamine") and possibly estrogen therapy are also recommended.

If you have any doubts, perhaps a second opinion from another vet is in order?
We're always happy to try and help, but don't forget to check the articles section
of the website too, which has a search engine to help you look for answers!
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Re: Possible Placentitis...at almost 10 months...Jos?

Postby marksrn98 » Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:12 pm

My vet did not see her at all, just going by my observations..I really do think he is trying to err on the side of caution and save me money on another vet visit...my bill is still so high because of the breeding and emergency visits..there is no leaking at all and no discharge from her vulva..not sure if I should just give them or give it a few days...they are slightly a bit smaller than yesterday..here are some pics from today and my daughter cleaned them so thats why they're shiny clean
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