Hey guys, I have a question about my mare. Her "due" date is the 28th of this month. She began bagging up about a month ago, but soon after developed some edema in and around her udders. It was a very small amount, and taking her for walks helped to bring it down. A couple weeks ago, the edema swelling increased significantly, to where she almost looks entirely bagged up. Then about a week ago, the edema developed in 2 large grooves all the way down the side/bottom of her belly and all the way up to inbetween her front legs. No amount of walking has been able to alleviate the volume. I've tried giving her banamine, but it seems to have little or no effect. I've tested her udder secretions to help predict foaling periodically over the last couple weeks. A little over a week ago, the fluid expressed turned from light yellow to a skim milk color and consistency. I did not test her for several days last week since I worried that taking a sample every evening might be causing her to actually start producing milk. I tested this past Friday, then again Sunday evening. The fluid still looks like skim milk, with the same consistency and opacity. Would the large amount of edema in her udders cause the fluid expressed to look like this, or is she actually starting to produce milk in preparation for foaling? The test strips I have say her calcium is over 250, and the pH last night tested at 7.2. However, the calcium has been reading the same for over a week now, but the pH was much higher. Any advice or insight anyone can give is much appreciated. Thanks!
The edema will have no impact on milk quality or production. Similarly, as long as you are milking only a few drops out for evaluation, milking a little each night will not stimulate milk production. From your description it sounds as though she is likely an older mare following the normal progression towards foaling.
Jan Owen Senior Stallion or Mare Username: 1frosty1
Post Number: 2682 Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Monday, April 19, 2010 - 10:49 am:
Paige, My mare developed that same edema through her last 6 weeks of pregnancy. I would turn her out with an older mare friend to at least have her move as much as possible and I would pony her for a 30 minute walk every day....it is hard to see them so uncomfortable but my mare was older...18...
Thank you, Jos! I know she's a multipara mare, but unsure exactly how many she's had, and this is my first ever foal, period.
Jan, thanks for your advice. Unfortunately, I can't turn her out in the pasture as everything is fescue. She does have a small drylot paddock and part of the barn aisle to move around in, but lately she's not moving around as much. I assume it's because she's so big and uncomfortable. This is why I was taking her for walks every day after work. Then the edema ballooned up, and even 45 min-1 hour walks does nothing to reduce any of it. Just wish she would go ahead and spit the little bugger out and let me quit worrying!
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