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Bedding for foaling down?

Discuss normal, abnormal and immediate post-foaling issues.

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Bedding for foaling down?

Postby mynutmeg » Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:57 pm

My mare is normally usually on green sawdust which obviously she can't stay on to foal down however she choked and got pneumonia less than a month into the pregnancy, as a result she now seems to have a mild COPD/dust thing going on as on normal hay (decent quality) she's getting snotty and out of breath working. She's fine on haylage or soaked hay and am hoping it will settle and go eventually but it's making me worried about putting her onto straw for foaling due to dust.
Any suggestions as to other beddings that safe for foaling down on that are dust free?
She's pretty clean but can be wet so needs to be absorbant :-) She does have mats down but I tend to put a full bed down ontop of those because of how wet she can be (and I like her to be comfortable )

I've been looking at hemp or paper but am unsure as to their suitability
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Re: Bedding for foaling down?

Postby sparkskaren » Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:36 am

what country are you in? in england you can get some dust extracted straw that i had my mare on after she nearly died due to having strangles and the stud refusing to believe she did even though the vets had tested her. in the end we had to drive a two hour round trip twice a day to give her her meds as the stud refused to or gave them to someone else. her breathing was bad for a year or so after that and any dust got her going. have also tried cardboard this would also be ok as long as the squares are big enough that they can not block foaly's nose.
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Re: Bedding for foaling down?

Postby mynutmeg » Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:18 am

I'm in England, shall have a look round.
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Re: Bedding for foaling down?

Postby sparkskaren » Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:06 am

think it is called Dixon's Dustless bedding or something like that.
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Re: Bedding for foaling down?

Postby hassan123 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:29 pm

What was the filly's IgG after the transfusion?
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Re: Bedding for foaling down?

Postby Jos » Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:12 am

This is an old thread from 2 years ago, so the OP may not respond as to the IgG levels, however it is important to note that one can run into neonatal septicaemia even if the foal's IgG levels were acceptable (in excess of 800 mg/dl). IgG levels do indicate acceptable passive transfer of antibodies from mare to foal, but do not guarantee transference of a specific antibody. Consequently a foal may still get sick as it may not have antibody protection against the causative pathogen.
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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