I have a mare that was bred before I got her and had a Caslick surgery done. It was done in the land of many vets (KY) and done very well from what I can see. They actually stitched just inside the mucosa and left the lips very visible.
I had our new vet out to remove the Caslicks last night because she is due to foal in 2-3 weeks. He said he hadn't done it in over 20 years....first ugh wait a minute moment. It bled alot, even to the point of strings of clotted blood hanging for a couple hours. \
I have already made a call and I am waiting for a return but I believe that they botched the removal, it looks like a second degree perineal laceration was created. Instead of the cut going straight North, it heads North and then heads WEST.
Even worse is the fact that he didn't cut it very far up so if she does finish by tearing, it will tear the wrong direction I fear. I can very obviously tell where the lips should be open because the surgery was done right to start with. There is a good 2 inches that is still surgically together. I have seen it done many times and usually they go up to the point where it starts to bulb out a little naturally.
You have seen them enough times, do you know how far this should go up? I really don't want this mare to rip from stem to stern because the removal was done incorrectly.
At this point I am kicking myself for not just doing it myself. She didn't even move until he made his last cut.
A normal Caslick's procedure opening is normally easily performed with a straight "north/south" cut with surgical scissors or a scalpel. Indeed, if the joined section is not particularly thick, it can even be opened with one's fingers.
Under normal circumstances, there would be some blood, but from your description it sounds as though there was a greater degree of invasion of the mucosa than is normal.
If you have concerns, get a second opinion with an evaluation from a different veterinarian than that which performed the opening.
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