I have a mare due May 26 that has had colic surgery about a month ago. The whole ordeal has been very taxing and expensive. Thankfully she is doing well, but she needs to go to a foaling clinic that can handle any complications that may arise for foaling. The question is, when do we take her in? She is healing well at home and we would really hate to jump the gun and have her sitting around in a clinic for a month waiting. She is on a strict dietary regimine and has special needs regarding her inscision. She's currently on progesterine (10cc) every other day. We have to change her bandage every other day (skin has not grown over exposed meat). She has an elastic girdle and over that a canvass corsett to support her inscision because there is a spot where the muscle has not healed together. We haven't noticed the foal moving much, could this be because of less room to move from the corsett or is that normal? She hasn't shown many signs of foaling yet except that we can milk her and we have a test kit for calcium that doesn't indicate impending parturition yet. The vet said she will probably need to be sedated and the foal will have to be pulled out when its time. This way she won't have to use her stomach muscles pushing and prevent a rupture. Any advice or comments would be helpful. Thanks
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2001 - 10:24 pm:
I would suggest that you consult with the surgeon who performad the colic surgery on this subject as they will be able to give a better indication that anyone else, knowing the situation best.
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