Im a first time breeder, and my poor (experienced) brood mare lost her foal Wednesday 4/4/01. I was there when labor started, and saw she wasnt progressing like she should and called my vets for help. The foal was too big and got locked up, both hips and shoulders. The sire is the same size as the mare, so we are still scratching our heads over his size. They arrived within 20 minutes, and it took myself and three vets in attendance, 1 hour to deliver him, and get the mare revived. Once the foal cleared she perked right up and started eating, drinking great recovery-except... The mare has retained the placenta-we gave here Oxytoxin (sp? sorry Im tired)every hour for the 1st 12 hrs, and the Vets are lavaging her w/antibiotics twice daily. She is on oral antibiotics and banamine. She has no temp and is downright frisky.
My Vets (very reputable)say this is unusual, but not unheard of and that they can't really "go after" the placenta, which would cause more problems. I called another very well known clinic for a second opinion, and they said the same thing. I am waiting from a call from Michigan State University clinic for the same reason.
Anyone else had this problem? How was it resolved? Thanks in advance for your replys
Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2001 - 10:29 pm:
Generally the first line of defence with a retained placenta is the use of oxytocin, then the next lineis lavage, so it sounds as though your vets are working in the right direction.
Keep a good eye on her feet - laminitis is one of the sequelae of a retained placenta. Call your vets immediately at the sign of any excessive heat.
Out of curiosity - is this mare a draught mare? Retained placenta is more common in the heavy breeds.
Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2001 - 07:23 am:
This might sound crazy but it's true. One time my parents had a mare that would not drop her afterbirth and the situation was growing serious. We lived in a very rural area and that particular morning a guy, an old cowboy, who had many, many years of horse experience remedied the problem with a cap-full of turpentine. As we watched, full of doubt, he poured a tiny bit of turpentine into the cap and held it under the mare's navel. Okay, at this point we thought he had been out in the Nevada desert too long...but pretty soon the mare started to fuss and the liquid from the cap was absorbed. Soon after, she dropped the afterbirth and was completely fine. I don't know the physiological reasons or whether it's the most safe, but it sure worked that day.
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