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odema in late stage pregnancy?

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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odema in late stage pregnancy?

Postby mynutmeg » Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:26 pm

My girl is about 2-4 weeks from foaling at the moment. She has been turned out in her boet style bug rug for the last few days and I haven't taken it off for 2-3 days. When I took it off today she has quite a lot of ventral odema - at the front of her chest there was a big lump where the strap from the rug (not terribly tight and elasticated) had restricted the odema She was a bit uncomfortable but not really bad.

Obviously I won't be putting the rug back on her at the moment (cue having to buy another bug rug) but I was wondering if the odema is par for the course of its something I need to be concerned about?
Her normal routine is out all day and in at night.
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Re: odema in late stage pregnancy?

Postby Jos » Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:06 pm

In all probability, perfectly normal - especially if she is an older mare (circulation can decline somewhat with age). The only cautions to be aware of are if there is a possibility that what you are seeing is not edema but ventral rupture, although as you indicate edema towards the mare's front, that is unlikely.

If in doubt, have your vet check her! :)
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: odema in late stage pregnancy?

Postby mynutmeg » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:23 am

She's 8 but she's had odema around her udders since about 8 months - it just massive at her front. I thought it was probably reasonably normal, akin to swollen ankles, but I'm a worrier by nature :D
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