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Acurracy of late pregnancy diagnosis?

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Louise Ferguson
Neonate
Username: Mynutmeg

Post Number: 1
Registered: 01-2011
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 10:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a 5 year old cob mare. My last yard had a couple of stallions there. To my knowledge she wasn't covered but she was next door to one of the stallions last spring.
I've been wondering about her recently as she's got a big belly. She has also started to bag up in the last couple of days and is expressing a clearish fluid. There's no heat or pain in the udders. She is fat (has been on box rest for 4 months now) which is being tackled but as she's loosing weight her belly has still gotten a bit bigger. Also this morning her whole belly seemed to have dropped from where it was the night before. I had a vet out today and he did a rectal and said that she wasn't pregnant but I'm wondering how accurate that is (no ultrasound done) and should I follow up with blood work to be sure?
If she's definately not pregnant then should I be worried about her starting to bag up?
Thanks
 

Holly
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Bonny

Post Number: 2357
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 11:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Depending on how far along she is there is a stage where the foal drops and its difficult to find the foal. However if she is bagging up from pregnangy, I would think she is n the last couple of months, which a vet should be able to palpate a foal. This depends on the vets experience.

Do you have pictures of your mare you can post?
Also you still can order a wee foal 120 and see if it detects pregnancy, or to confirm your vets findings.
 

Audrey Crosby McLellan
Yearling
Username: Accphotography

Post Number: 62
Registered: 10-2007
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 03:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Unfortunately I have personally known of far too many situations where late term pregnancies were missed on palpation. I've also known of way too many inaccurate WeeFoal tests. At this point if you're truly concerned about it a blood test would probably be your best bet IMO.
 

Holly
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Bonny

Post Number: 2359
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 04:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

True on both accounts, Audrey.

Of course you could also have an ultra sound done, but again it depends on the vets experience.
 

mynutmeg
Neonate
Username: Mynutmeg

Post Number: 3
Registered: 01-2011
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 05:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Different vet was out today and was saying that palpation isn't really very reliable so they've taken some bloods. She's getting bigger in her udders - they're not fully bagged up by any means but are definately more filled. She's also really sensitive round them. Normally she likes them being rubbed but I was cleaning her this evening (she gets kinda crusty when she's sweaty) and she was really enjoying it - loads more than I've seen her before. We also did a temp on her and she's 37.9, normal for her would be around 36.6 or so and she feels really warm and was kinda sweaty under her rug this evening.
It's going to take about a week to get the bloods back so I'm preparing for her to foal until we know one way or the other for definate. I don't know how close she is to delivering, if she is in foal, so I'm going with we're better being ready for it :-))
Thanks for the help. Will keep you updated with her.
 

Audrey Crosby McLellan
Yearling
Username: Accphotography

Post Number: 63
Registered: 10-2007
Posted on Wednesday, February 02, 2011 - 01:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Glad to hear that was the vet's opinion and that they were willing (and did) pull blood. Be sure to keep us posted.
 

mynutmeg
Neonate
Username: Mynutmeg

Post Number: 7
Registered: 01-2011
Posted on Wednesday, February 02, 2011 - 10:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Will do - I have to wait a whole week for the results!!! Arghhh - I wanna know now!!!!!!
 

Chris Taylor
Yearling
Username: Galaxy

Post Number: 70
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2011 - 03:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If she is very late term the bloods may not be 100% reliable



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