Just wondering if anyone can fill me in on infected placentas and where we could be heading. We had a foal born at the weekend and we found some infection in the placenta after foaling, the foal who had a pretty awful birth anyway, was started on anitbiotic shots morning and night, the first 2 were IV and now they are just giving them under the skin. We had bloods analyzed and the response i got was the foal has some "bugs" from the placenta, and she is on antibiotic's x 2 daily until Saturday then they will take more bloods and reassess. Are we going down the right track here? I guess im just worried, I feel like we have gone though so much with this baby already and she is only 3 days old.....
Rooty (Unregistered Guest) Unregistered guest
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 11:48 am:
I don't have any idea, but was curious as to if this is the small foal that you posted about last week? Hope baby recovers well!
We had a mare abort her foal 7 weeks from her due date, due to a very bad infection of the placenta. We had to get the vet out to remove the membranes as she could not pass them herself and she also tore her uterous to pieces in the process. When the vet finally got the membranes out (1 hour's worth of work) there was a coating on them that looked like sour milk. They also had a terrible odour. Aparantly what happens is the mare gets feaces of air or urine in to the uterous, due to bad reproductive confirmation, which causes bacteria to grow, sounds like this did not happen till very late in the pregnancy for you Victoria which is lucky, the foal was probably septic when it was born. In our case the bacteria had a longer chance to take hold and it got to the point where the foal could not get what it needed from the mare any more so was aborted. The vet also told me in these cases it is actually better the foal is born and dies quickly because the foals that are born generally don't survive and if they do then they take a very long time to come good and the treatment is very very expensive. I'm sure in your case though Victoria that you will have luck on your side as the infection didn't sound that bad. Good Luck!!
Thanks this mare was 353 days when she foaled. One horn appeared pinkishy different colour than the rest of the placenta. Im really wanting to know what I should look for and ask about with regards to the foal when the next lot of bloods are taken, also what type of antibiotic is best etc... My vet is very on the ball but I like to know for myself..
Ahh some sucess, I spoke to the vet herself and the foal does not have an infection, so Im not sure why were were told she has some bugs? She has a slightly low white cell count (which the vet is attributing to her awful bith and subsequent chestyness, the antibiotics are to just give her a bit of help with her chest) her IG level is over 800 and she should be able to come home at the weekend... I am very paranoid as I consider an at risk foal, what should I keep my eyes peeled for when she gets home... I also spoke to her about why she got the infection and she said she felt it could be to do with the scar tissue she has and something having some small areas it couldn't attach too and allowing the bacteria to grow. And that the mare is a candiate for antibiotic treatment when bred again..
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