13 yr. old welsh mare, never cycled normally at home so sent her to the boys to help her out. began to cycle more normally but still not great. bred after finnally getting a clean culture. then developed infection from not being able to clean herself out, cervix got rock hard. in hind site back when we were trying to culture at home the cervix was tight. thought it was just because she was not in heat but may have been indicative of a problem. is it possible there was a problem as far back as 4 weeks prior to getting the culture and breeding? what would keep this mare from cycling normally? in past she was said to cycle VERY regualarly.}}
What did the cytology show (follow that link for more information)? As long as you had a cytology smear prepared in conjunction with the culture that was negative for inflammatory cells, then there was nothing going on at that time. In the event that there was not a cytology smear performed in conjunction... well, just let's say you wasted all your money on the "culture" and you are no further ahead as far as knowing anything...
Jos- thanks, no cytology was done. sounds like a cytology smear should be done each time a mare is culutred, is that right? she is now in heat but i have been told to wait til the next cycle when she will be re-culutred and biopsied, i guess there should be a cytology report done on the culture too?
Yes, a cytology should have been prepared and read in conjunction with a culture alone. As you will see from the article I linked to, around 70% of veterinarians still do not routinely perform this important diagnostic in conjunction with a uterine culture.
If you are having a biopsy performed, you do not need the cytology, as the biopsy will capture surface cells the same as a cytology smear would (it also of course captures deeper cells that a cytology smear wouldn't). A culture should be performed in conjunction.
With delayed uterine clearance, make sure that you are not being encouraged to use too much oxytocin, nor not for long enough duration or frequently enough. Review the article on the site about oxytocin use in the mare during breeding for more information.
Thanks again Jos, enjoyd both the articals and really needed to know that stuff
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