We breed three to four mares a year. In about 75% of the mares, at three to five days postpartum, they get a pinkish mucous discharge. Is this normal or a sign of infection? If it is a sign of infection, why would we have such a high rate of infection? I appreciate any input on this.
Think about this! The uterus has just gone through a tremendous insult, with something that was attached to the uterus (the placenta) getting - in essence - ripped out during the foaling process! What you are seeing is the fluids associated with the uterus regenerating itself and recovering - which is an amazing process when one considers that just a few days after giving birth, the equine uterus can accept and maintain another pregnancy (try that yourself and see how well it goes!!! )!
If you see a large amount of purulent material, or if significant fluid discharge continues beyond 7 or 8 days post-foaling then further evaluation is warranted, but otherwise what you are seeing is in all likelihood perfectly normal.
Thank you so much! That puts my mind at ease. I will watch her and make sure it doesn't continue too long.
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