I want to share my experience with all of you so someone else doesn't lose a valuable broodmare. I had a 23 YO AQHA mare, won over $14,000 (in the early 90's!) and over 100 points in reining. Sometime she contracted a uterine infection (we suspect from air). Turns out she had pyrometra, and we were going to treat it to see if we could maybe float some embryos for a few months since she would retain fluid like crazy and then retire her. We took her to a respectable vet clinic in Southwest Ohio and he suggested we not only culture her but take a biopsy at the same time. Having never dealt with any type of infection like this we agreed. Twelve hours after the procedure my mare was dead in the pasture. She never showed any signs of trouble. Was her normal self up until we found her. Unfortunately the infection entered her bloodstream where the biopsy was taken and it took her fast. Now we know the infection should have been cleared up before the biopsy, hindsight is always 20/20. I just wanted to share for anyone who may go through this experience because the vet that did this to our mare never explained the consequences and now I've lost a very valuable bloodline (King Fritz) that cannot be replaced.
Jan Owen Senior Stallion or Mare Username: 1frosty1
Dear jennifer in my opinion the biopsy procedure was not correctly done and was absolutly not necessary,it is clear that the infection has took place into the bloodstream by the lesion produced on the endometrial surface following biopsy.The pyometra can be resolved well by pgf2alfa,uterin lavage and local infusion of antibacterial agents.To do biopsy knowing the mare has uterin infection is realy fatal and a big mistake.It is good to consulting the administration board in this site to avoid many danger.
Does anyone have advice as to what I should do? How do you report this type of thing when a vet does wrong? I have heard from several people that this was wrong and that the vet killed our mare. We are just so heartbroken. Thanks.
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