I just had my mare breed last week. She was palp.yesterday. the vet said that her uterus is small. change of infection. she said wait 14 days have her checked to see if she took. if not do a culture to check for infection. I have had problems for the last 2 years getting this mare to breed. She has a one foal for me. so, i got 1 out of 3 tries. Do you think that she is likely to have an infection b/c of the small uterus? If she is proven pregrenant. should I still have her checked for an infection. Can't she lose the baby later if she does have an infection. thanks!
A "small uterus" is not an indication of, or indicative of a predisposal towards, an infection.
You may want to seek a second opinion from a reproductive veterinarian in the event that your mare proves to be not pregnant. Note that I would not short-cycle this mare using prostaglandin (Lutlayse) following a negative pregnancy check at 14 days without having her checked again 5-7 days later by ultrasound (just in case you are encouraged to do so).
If she does currently have a uterine infection, and does become pregnant, you cannot check for infection, and the chances are good that she will lose the pregnancy (although they are better that she won't get pregnant in the first place). In either event, you can only check a non-pregnant mare's uterus for infection using standard protocols.
Thanks for the advice. I just spoke with the owner of the stallion and he said that the vet actually said that she had a soft uterus. Which may b/c of her age (9) not necessairly an infection but not for sure yet. She said that if she doesn't settle to still have the culture done.
Was a culture done prior to breeding..if not- why not??? I'd be concerned if I was the stallion owner also... if the infection is in the mare and was there prior to breeding... stallion is a risk as are any other mares that are bred to him. If mare is pregnant and you check for infection... you wipe out the cervical plug which closes the uterus to infection after pregnancy occurs.... and hence disturbing it will more than likely wipe out the pregnancy.
And yes, unfortunately infection that is present at conceptuion or through the breeding process can cause the mare to not get pregnant or to lose a pregnancy
IF she was bred last week..why is Vet palping now? Pregancy check ( Palp and or ultrasound)is usually done at fifteen days after last breeding . ( If dealing with 2 or more follicles at the time of breeding I have a 14 day scan done to see if we are dealing with possible twins and have VEt if possible..pinch 1 off ) Then I repeat a scan at 25 days to ensure heartbeat and verification of ONLY 1 vessicle/pregnancy. WHY was Vet palping 1 week after breeding??? What were they looking for at that time ? I agree with Jos....I'd check with another VEt also esp if the current Vet in writing AND get written copies of their breeding vet work in your records of this mare for any future use.
A "soft uterus" may not be indicative of of anything either, as a mare in estrus tends to have a more relaxed uterus, and some mares in diestrus will also not have a toned uterus. Certainly have the mare checked if she is not pregnant, but make sure that you have a cytology smear performed in conjunction, or the results of the culture will be worthless.
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