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Is It Normal To Have A Clear Discharge From Vulva A Couple Of Days After Foaling

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Brittany Hindes
Yearling
Username: Bhindes

Post Number: 63
Registered: 08-2009
Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 11:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Everyone,

Is it normal to have a clear discharge comming from my mare's vulva a couple of days after delivery? The discharge is thick and kinda squirts out when she is running or drips when she is just standing there. The discharge is like gel and a good amount. What do you all think?

Thank You,
Brittany
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 2782
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 10:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes, it is normal. As long as the discharge is not grossly purulent and remain so (some pus for a day or so again is not unusual), it's perfectly OK. If it persists however beyond about 4 or 5 days without showing any sign of reduction, or if you have any concerns, talk to your vet. Note that if all is normal, research has shown that using a uterine lavage post-foaling does not enhance pregnancy rates on the foal heat, and in fact reduces them (i.e. it is contra-indicated) so don't think you need to do that "just because".
 

Brittany Hindes
Yearling
Username: Bhindes

Post Number: 65
Registered: 08-2009
Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 10:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Jos,

Thank you for your quick response. Ok I feel a lot better now knowing this is normal.

Brittany
 

Cjskip
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 1162
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Thursday, April 01, 2010 - 05:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Glad you brought this up, Brittany. I noticed the same thing from my mare and was watching to see if it continued. She seemed well otherwise.

So happy you asked! (and of course, thanks Jos, as always).
 

Brittany Hindes
Yearling
Username: Bhindes

Post Number: 66
Registered: 08-2009
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2010 - 03:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Jos,

The discharge was gone last night, but I do have one more question to ask. Is this discharge what they call the foal heat?

Thank You,
Brittany
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 2784
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2010 - 09:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

No. "Heat" is estrus - that time when the mare is receptive to the stallion and in most cases fertile. With most mares, a "foal heat" is present somewhere between 5 and 15 days post-foaling. What you saw was simply clearance of the post-foaling detritus from the uterus (it's not a particularly pleasant place post-foaling and the mare has to clean it out before she is bred on the foal heat!).
 

Brittany Hindes
Yearling
Username: Bhindes

Post Number: 67
Registered: 08-2009
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2010 - 11:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Jos,

Ok thank you for clearing that up for me. That makes sense I just have never seen that kind of discharge before.

Thank You Again,
Brittany



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