Donald Rathbun (Unregistered Guest) Unregistered guest
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 07:37 am:
My five year old mare had her first foal last Wednesday, 5/11. She needed some help with the delivery as the filly was quite large and had some shoulder and hip dystocia. But both mare and foal did fine. The foal is hearty, nursed quickly and the mare passed her placenta within 10 minutes of standing. 24 hour vet exam was completely normal. For the first couple of days, I noticed the mare was expelling some fluid from her vulva when she moved around, and when she defecated, she seemed to also urinate simultaneously. I've had lots of foals, and have seen mares pushing out fluid for days after foaling. However, now we are at six days post-foaling, and the mare is still expelling fluid when she trots around and foals, and it seems to be urine. I have seen her stretch out and urinate normally as well. She is acting completely normal otherwise, eating and drinking and being a very good mother. She does not appear in any distress. Is this a complication that can occur from a dystocia? Is it likely to resolve on its own? Is there anything I can be doing for her (besides keeping her cleaned up)? The vet is seeing her tomorrow, as we had planned to try to re-breed on her foal heat. Of course if something is wrong we won't consider that. But I could use any information from the experts now, as I am getting very worried.
This can sometimes happen - more commonly in older mares. Some of these mares will recover spontaneously once the muscles and perineal area recovers from the insult of foaling, but some others may not and may require perineal resections to prevent them from pooling urine. Note that a Caslick's procedure is usually contra-indicated in these mares, as it will tend to increase the urine pooling.
Couple of questions... are you rebreeding mare this year? On foal heta or next normal heat? The fluid leakage is quite common... it usually has to do with the reagining of the tone of the uterus . IF she is able to get exercise it helps, even even forced slight exercise.The excercise forces any remaining uterine fluid out. If extremely thick foul smelly... I would have have VEt culture it.And would have a scan done..to see how much fluid is still in there. Oxytocin can be given to help squeeze the fluid , makes the mare crampy but gets the job done.
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