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Normal Discharge for Post Foaling?

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Catb
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Username: Catb

Post Number: 1
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 09:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi there,

My mare foaled a week ago, tomorrow. She retained part of the placenta and the vet administered oxytocin, lavaged, and gave a shot of penicillin. She has had a lot of relatively clear, watery discharge, which the vet said she would. Both mare and filly are doing fine. However, this morning, she had a creamy, dull mustard colored discharge, which, at first glance I thought was diarrhea. Does this sound normal? I've put in a call to my vet. Thanks.
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Sharon Malmberg
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Username: Ryu2832

Post Number: 125
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 11:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would say no.

Good for you calling your vet.
 

Catb
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Username: Catb

Post Number: 2
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 09:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Welllll, the vet was out Wednesday and thinks it's a vaginal infection, not uterine. However, he treated it the same way - lavage and shot of penicillin. As of this morning (Friday), she still has the same discharge. He said to call back if she still had it by Monday.

What other treatments are there? Thanks.
 

Jos
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Username: Jos

Post Number: 10729
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 02:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If there was an injury to the vagina during the foaling, then I suppose a vaginal infection is possible, but in view of the overall situation, my immediate inclination would be to evaluate the possibility of uterine infection a bit further, and possibly even retension of a piece of placenta. Most times such retension leads to a significant and obvious problem of a type you are not seeing, but once in a blue moon you can see lesser problems more in line with what you are seeing.

Uterine lavage might be beneficial and manual evaluation of the uterus. It is desirable to do this before the post-foaling ovulation, as the cervix will still be open and the uterus accessible. If a specific pathogen has been identified (which it might have been since he used penicillin? Did he do swabs and cultures of the discharge to identify what the suitable antibiotic was?) then intra-uterine infusion with the antibiotic would be the more usual route of treatment (go directly to the source of the problem!)

Keep an eye on her, and hopefully the treatment reccommended by your vet will work. If not, as he said, call back. I would also check her temperature periodically just to be on the safe side, and if there is a distinct elevation at any point call them immediately.
 

Catb
Neonate
Username: Catb

Post Number: 4
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 03:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for the reply. No swabs were taken or cultures done. I'm relying on my vet's expertise, as he and his partner run a high-volume equine practice, but I'm left scratching my head, too. If she still has it on Monday, I will insist on the above procedures. Hopefully, it will clear.

I have been taking her temperature, daily, as a precaution.



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