I have a mare who is due NOW, she is roughly 345 days. Other than a bag forming, she is showing no obvious signs of impending birth. I have acouple of questions... I had her casliks removed last week by her repro vet. I happened to be comparing the vaginal opening size she now has with that of my maiden unpreg mare and the unpreg. mare has a vaginal opening nearly TWICE the length of the preg. mare. Could my vet have not opened her up enough? Should I contact her to come back out to have a look?
Also, my vet started her on Domperidome last week also to induce milk because she had no bag whatsoever, which did come 4 days later. Does anyone have expereince using this drug and is it harmful in any way? She has her on it daily until the foal is born to ensure she keeps producing milk. This mare has not had any fescue for 90 days, btw.
Thanks for any thoughts on this.
Posted on Monday, March 08, 2004 - 11:01 pm:
If you have concerns about the length of the opening after the Caslick's was removed, you should contact your vet. It is really impossible to comment on it from an "arm's length"...!
The most important thing to be aware of with regards to Domperidone is that you will be unlikely to see good colostrum development, so it is essential that you have either a commercial IgG supplement or frozen colostrum on hand to give to the foal in the first 12 hours following birth. This information by the way is by means of personal communication with researchers at Clemson University wheere most of the research has been done on Domperidone and fescue toxicity.
Anonymous Posted From: 184.108.40.206
Posted on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 - 07:51 pm:
Jos, thanks alot for your info. I have learned alot from this board, particularly from you!
When you say the "development of colostrum" being hard to see, do you mean the waxing up and dripping before birth? So far, I have not seen either of these, just a bag that has developed but nothing can be expelled from it. I plan to have my vet out the next day after birth to check the colostrum levels and have a general foal check.
I contacted her today about the casliks question and she says it is possible for some skin to regrow over but it should be a thin layer and not to worry about it. I am going to have to take her word on that. But can you tell me, as a general rule, about how many inches of an opening should a mare have to allow adequate foal passage?
Thank you for your info and time.
Anonymous Posted From: 220.127.116.11
Posted on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 11:15 am:
Well, does it look like is open similarly close to the anus as the other mare, or is there a significant space between the anus and the top of teh vaginal opening? I realized that my mare's caslicks was not fully opened last year shortly before she delivered. I called the vet, who "pooh-poohed" it, said it was fine and she consequently had a labial tear during delivery. As she was pushing, you could see the skin pulling where teh caslicks was not opened, it just gave laterally/diagonally before she tore through the caslicks. It was horrible. I would definitely have your vet out to check if you have any doubt as to whether she is fully opened or not.
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Thank you for reading Joe B
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