Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2003 - 11:17 pm: ||
We had a mare lose her colt this spring due to a red bag delivery. After reading many articles on this subject I have a question. This mare got an abcess in her foot about one week before she foaled. The foal was term. We did not treat her with any antibiotics. Could the abcess have caused this to happen? I have read that a utirine infection can be a cause and was hoping for some input on this.
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2003 - 11:53 pm: ||
Almost certainly not.
The uterus is a tremendous isolating organ, so it is highly unlikely that such an infection would cross the placental barrier.
If bacterial placentitis was the cause of the red-bag delivery, then the bacteria was probably already present in the uterus at the time of breeding, or - more likely - was introduced later in the pregnancy as a result of poor reproductive contamination and cervical incompetency.
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Sunday, June 15, 2003 - 07:51 am: ||
Thanks for your reply. This mare lost her previous foal at around 6 months gestation after having two foals without complications. She has been re-bred for 2004, I guess that we will see.
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Sunday, June 15, 2003 - 10:38 am: ||
It may be worth having your mare evaluated for the need of a Caslick's procedure. The Caslick's procedure can assist in preventing the increased access of pathogens to the vagina (and therefore ultimately the uterus) in some cases.