Post Number: 2
|Posted on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 - 06:38 pm: ||
I Have a 18 yr old mare who is 4 months infoal
in the last few weeks she has developed a small amount of blood appearing under her tail
I called the vet and he said it was possibly Placentitis so she was put on pennicillian and Hormone injections
I noticed that the amounts of blood coming out had increased from a couple of drops to what looked like a smear every morning so I called the vet out again he did a rectal ultra sound
He said he was happy with the fluid and everything looked ok and we have started her on Regumate and trimadine powder (bts)
I am a bit unsure about all this
Is it placentitis ? or varacose veins ? I have tried to reasearch Placentitis for this early stage mare and cannot find any info on this it all relates to latter in the pregnancy not at 4-5 months
and if so are we doing the right thing by attempting to keep the foal viable ? My vet is very old school and basically said he would not look for varacose veins
Just confused if anyone can shed some light on this I would love to hear i t
(Message edited by lourdes_park on May 06, 2009)
Post Number: 2403
|Posted on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 - 11:45 pm: ||
Placentitis during earlier pregnancy is unusual. It usually manifests 5-6 months onwards.
The most common cause of vaginal blood leakage during pregnancy is a varicose vein. Placentitis is unlikely to present as blood leakage, but rather (if there is any discharge) as pus. Varicose veins can be easily checked for by a veterinarian knowledgeable about equine reproduction using a speculum.
You might want to seek a second opinion.
Post Number: 3
|Posted on Thursday, May 07, 2009 - 02:18 am: ||
The colour of the discharge is just like blood stains a reddy brown colour on her white rug and did have a rosey pink colour to begin with
I have not seen any pus (yet) but will get a second opinion I requested that he look internally through the Speculum but he was very firm in stating that because the mare was 18 its placentitis and there was no way it could be anything else
(Message edited by lourdes_park on May 07, 2009)
Post Number: 2404
|Posted on Thursday, May 07, 2009 - 10:48 am: ||
Varicous veins are more likely to be seen in older mares.
You might want to consider using a different vet for repro.