Posted on Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - 07:24 pm:
please could sombody tell me if my new mare could be pregnant? i have only had her one week and the signs are, she is leaking milk to the touch ; drinking lots of water, eating nearly a full bail of hay a day .the vet said she is 75% sure she is but is comming back tomorrow to do ultra sound scan, although the vet also said she could not feel anything when she did the internall but her uteres had dropped. and i was not told she may be in foal when i bought her. are there any other reasons for the milk/water symptoms?
Posted on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 09:06 am:
I also bought a mare that was leaking clear liquid then it gradually turned white.But when i had the vet come out she wasnt pregnant and i am still puzzled over it.Could he had made a mistake?I live in a very small deserted country so another vet is kinda hard to find.I guess i will just have to wait and see.But also i was not told she could be in foal when i bought her.
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Posted on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 11:31 am:
Possibly, just possibly, the mares mentioned above have a condition called mastitis - it's a low-grade infection in the mammarian glands. One of my mares had this and there's v. little one can do because you certainly don't want to try and wash the area and maybe get a full-blown infection going on. Still, though, keep checking with other mare owners - esp. those in the the Kentucky area around Lexington where it is mostly a broodmare area.
Posted on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 11:04 pm:
Some mares will have milk present despite not being pregnant. This may be as a result of an abnormal hormone level. Chances are that your vet is correct, but if you have doubts a second opinion is warranted.
Mastitis is more commonly associated with a full (engorged) udder, and I suspect that what is being seen is merely a small amount of milk leaking, but again, if there are concerns, a second opinion is valid.
Posted on Saturday, September 10, 2005 - 05:53 am:
Are these mares straight out of competition? I have heard of fillies in racing and even yearling prep, who lactate. It's thought to be related to really high protien feed. With a more normal diet, and a little time, they return to normal.
Posted on Sunday, September 11, 2005 - 12:14 pm:
Hi everyone,I have changed my mares diet and things seem to be straighting up,no more milk that I have seen.Maybe it's not an on-coming infection!Hopefully her diet was the problem.Did I mention she is between 8-9 years old?Could it be something with her age? Thanks for the advice on changing her diet,maybe that is it.
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