I have a friend that stands a Black &White Tovero stallion. She requires all incoming mare to have a culture done prior to breeding. One of mare owner called and said that their mare's culture was positive for E Coli. Their vet told them that the mare would need to be infused after breeding.
My question is: Will E Coli pose any "danger" to the stallion? What if any precaution should be taken? Will this potentially cause any problems with conception and/or foaling.
Jos Posted From: 184.108.40.206
Posted on Monday, March 15, 2004 - 08:47 pm:
It is unlikely that the e-coli would prove a danger to the stallion, as it is not considered a sexually transmissable pathogen.
It is however very important to note that e-coli is a bacteria present in manure, and is consequently commonly found as a contaminant in uterine cultures. It is therefore essential that a cytology smear be performed in conjunction with the uterine swab culture - without a cytology smear, the culture result is useless as an indicator of the pathogenic status of the mares uterus, and the unnecessary treatment of a pathogen that is not actually present will cost money that is not required to be spent, and may result in a super-infection of the mare, which in the worst case scenario could in turn result in infertility! All because a cytology smear was not prepared and read in conjunction with the culture!
For more information on this topic, see the article on this web site at this location.
juls2004 Posted From: 220.127.116.11
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 07:32 pm:
Thanks for your response. Generally speaking is the cost of a cytology smear about the same as a culture?? A culture and a cytology smear should be performed at the same time? Julie
Jos Posted From: 18.104.22.168
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 11:56 pm:
Hard to say, as there are tremendous variations in pricing. It is likely to be in the same range, or possibly a little less.
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