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Colt unable to urinate

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Colt unable to urinate

Postby sbbanitt3 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:03 pm

A fellow standardbred horse owner had a mare who delivered her first foal today. Appeared to be a large, healthy stud colt but he would not nurse. They proceeded to bottle fee and realized the colt couldn't urinate. What would cause this? Is this condition treatable?
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Re: Colt unable to urinate

Postby Jos » Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:15 am

If there is no indication of him urinating by morning, you should have your friend's veterinarian evaluate him. It might not hurt to check the foal again tonight before going to sleep to make sure that the foal is still OK.

If he is really not urinating (and not just being missed), then a distinct possibility is that the foal has a ruptured bladder. This is more commonly seen in colts than fillies (although it can happen in the latter) And typically comes about as a result of compression of a full bladder during the foaling process. Usually a "belly tap" (abdominocentesis) is performed to see if there is urine in the foal's abdominal cavity.
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Re: Colt unable to urinate

Postby sbbanitt3 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:05 pm

Thank you so much for your thoughts. So sad to report the colt didn't make it. Our friend said the colt was the biggest he has ever seen so it is quite possible that the bladder ruptured during delivery. So unfortunate. Thanks again.
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