I have a client who has been emailing me about a mare who foaled two days ago and has retained the placenta. They've done repeated oxytocin injections, one vet gave an injection of Lutalyse...here is where they are at today. Any other ideas folks?
Still retained.............I have my vet checking out " intraplacental injections of collagenase" which according to the Vet School in Tennessee say that it is effective treatment for retained placenta and will expell placenta within 6 hours.
She was infused yesterday morning and we got another 8-10" out, but now nothing is showing....I am very concerned. The vet said no more oxy, but I just went ahead and gave her another shot, she has not had any oxy since Saturday.........did not think it would hurt her and I am anxious to see some progress.....
She is on sulfur tabs and so far so good, no pulse, she is eating and baby is nursing and doing fine........ }
Typically if oxytocin does not resolve the issue after several (perhaps 3 or 4) hourly doses, the next step is to go to a high-volume lavage. If that fails, then manual removal - very slowly and carefully - is typically the last resort.
If the mare is 48 hours post-foaling and still has pieces retained, she is at grave risk. Unlike cows, which can retain happily (?) for days, horses will typically succumb to sepsis in a shorter period of time.
Don't hang around! Get good specialist professional help!! Quickly!!
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