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Mood Swings
Yearling
Username: Mood_swings

Post Number: 96
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 01, 2008 - 10:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just wondering if the foal is kept with the mare whether there is the possibility she will start producing milk again? It is a big strapping mare, she is in good health and had a full udder post delivery. Her foal is also big but is not interested in sucking from a bottle now that he has had moms milk. Should we just get a nurse mare or be patient?

Thanks :-)
 

Tim Popovitz
Neonate
Username: Dystocia

Post Number: 3
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Saturday, March 01, 2008 - 05:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

To make an informed decision on wether to get a nursemare or not, you need to rule out some scenerios that may be compromising her milk production.

Diet: Is she getting what she needs to maintain her own body condition and produce milk?

Foaling and post-foaling complications: Was it a difficult foaling where there is possible bruising? Was the placenta intact? Is there a chance of metritis or uterine infection?

Attitude: Has nursing a foal become uncomfortable for her?

The foal simply has a HUGE appetite: This is the scenerio I see most often. The foal is such a big eater that he keeps the mares bag "bottomed-out". He is getting enough to eat, but he nurses so often that her bag doesn't have time to recover.
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Diet issues are a pretty easy fix.

Mare health issues will require a comprehensive vet exam, perhaps a CBC and some antibiotic/anti-inflamatory therapy. I have used Equidone(Domperidone)and oxytocin successfully in a number of cases where the mare's milk production needs a jump-start or simply needs to be more robust.

Attitude issues are usually solved with a mild tranquilizer and some pain management and a good deal of time spent observing.



For the foal that is a big eater, I use one of several techniques or a combination of them:

Domperidone can help here too.

Try to manipulate his feeding times by using a muzzle, this will give the mare time to recover her bag a bit and put the foal on a more suitable feeding schedule.

Supplement with milk replacer. A foal that is hungry WILL eventually nurse a bottle, it just takes a great deal of patience. Milk temperature is also critical, make sure it feels warm to the touch.

If I don't see any progress of any kind in the first 24 hrs. I will go back through and review everything and at then make my decision to get a nursemare. If there is SOME progress, I will likely stick with what is working.

Tis can be VERY labor intensive, especially if you don't have any help, so that too must factor into your decision on how patient you need to be.
 

Mood Swings
Yearling
Username: Mood_swings

Post Number: 99
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Monday, March 03, 2008 - 10:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Update: mare is producing more milk now :-) Thankfully a nurse mare is not necessary. She was started on Domperidone. Both mare and foal are doing fantastic :-)
 

Tracy Smith, Tali due 6/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Tracys

Post Number: 901
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 04, 2008 - 01:05 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That's great news! :-)
 

Marilyn Lemke - Dora due 7/31/08
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Marilyn_l

Post Number: 1107
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 04, 2008 - 08:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yea Mood Swings. I'm so happy to hear your good news update!!!
 

Jan Owen
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 1164
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Tuesday, March 04, 2008 - 10:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I as so happy to hear that good news!!!
 

Dianne Edwards
Breeding Stock
Username: Mamaedwards

Post Number: 407
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Tuesday, March 04, 2008 - 10:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Great news! Good luck to them both and you!



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