Premature Foals

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Fluid Therapy Choices for the Sick Foal

October 31, 2014

Learn about what therapy choices to make, and when to use them during treatment of the critically ill foal.... Read More

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How to Manage a Collapsed Foal

October 03, 2014

Here's why you should contact your veterinarian for help with a weak or recumbent foal as soon as possible.... Read More

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Blanketing Foals

April 02, 2014

Do foals, especially those born early in the season or in cold climates, need to wear blankets? (0:1:38)... Read More

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Your Mare has Delivered Successfully: Now What?

February 20, 2014

Learn about normal foal development and health risks, and quiz your knowledge in this special report.... Read More

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Lives in the Balance Just Down the Road

February 05, 2014

Go behind the scenes of the NICU at one equine hospital in the Blood-Horse's first long-form feature. ... Read More

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ACVIM 2013: Comparing Human and Equine Neonates

June 14, 2013

Dr. Christine Gleason of Seattle Children's Hospital talks about the similarities between babies and foals.... Read More

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Late-Term Mare Care, Foaling, and Young Foal Care

December 15, 2011

What breeders need to know to keep broodmares healthy and deliver strong, healthy foals. ... Read More

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What's New in the NICU?

January 01, 2011

The neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, is that special place in a veterinary clinic where premature, critical, and newborn foals receive intensive, round-the-clock care. The NICU handles everything from breathing problems to heart conditions to..... Read More

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What's New in the NICU? (Horse Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)

January 01, 2011

The neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, is that special place in a veterinary clinic where premature, critical, and newborn foals receive intensive, round-the-clock care. The NICU handles everything from breathing problems to heart conditions... Read More

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Dummy Foal Syndrome (Equine Neonatal Maladjustment Syndrome)

December 01, 2010

Foals exhibit abnormal, often vague behaviors and/or neurologic signs during their first few days of life. ... Read More

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Head to Tail Neonatal Care

August 16, 2010

With the economy the way it is, many neonatal foals are being managed on the farm rather than being sent to a clinic, according to Kelsey A. Hart, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, at the recent... Read More

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Foaling

July 01, 2010

Foaling: what are the considerations and helpful steps you can take to provide a normal foaling for your mare?... Read More

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Understanding Foal Care: Take 2

June 22, 2010

Foal care: Understanding and learning the basics of caring for baby.... Read More

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Perinatology: End of Pregnancy Through Beginning of Life

May 25, 2008

Traditionally, one of the stronger parts of each AAEP convention program is the time devoted to reproduction. The convention held in Orlando was no exception. It began with an in-depth session titled "Perinatology--End of Pregnancy Through... Read More

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Foal Diseases

May 08, 2008

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Nutritional Support for Sick Neonatal Foals

April 18, 2008

Many factors need to be considered--a foal's energy requirements, his ability to digest and metabolize nutrients, the changing quality of the mare's milk, and the ability to monitor the sick foal.... Read More

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Equine Placentitis: Common Causes and Newly Emerging Pathogens

April 15, 2008

During the past six years (Jan. 2, 2002 - Jan. 31, 2008), 1,429 cases of equine placentitis have been diagnosed at the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC). Of these, 1,189 cases had an infectious agent identified.... Read More

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Placental Infections Cause Majority of Premature Foal Births

March 04, 2008

Premature delivery is a devastating problem in horses since the majority of foals that are delivered before the last week of gestation die. The negative financial and emotional impact of premature delivery on horse breeders is, therefore,... Read More

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Neonatal Nuances

February 01, 2007

The first days of a foal's life can be risky; there are a number of things that can go wrong. Some problems can be dealt with easily (such as constipation), while others are life-threatening (such as a ruptured bladder).

In this article, Bonni... Read More

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Early Arrivals

December 01, 2006

Premature deliveries don't occur frequently, but when they do, difficult decisions must often be made.... Read More

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Premature Foals (Book Excerpt)

March 27, 2006

Foals can be born prematurely for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons for a premature delivery are infection of the placenta (placentitis) or long-standing placental insufficiency. ... Read More

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Umbilical Cord Length and Foal Health

May 23, 2005

A long umbilical cord increases the risks for abortions and stillbirths in horses. Complications include strangulation of the foal and excessive cord twisting, writes Karin Bosh in a recent edition of Equine Disease Quarterly, a newsletter... Read More

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Foaling a Premature Foal

April 28, 2005

Normal gestation in a mare lasts anywhere from 320 to 360 days. The average is about 341 days. A foal born at less than 320 days will display immature characteristics such as silky hair coat, overly pliable ears, weak or lax flexor tendons, and... Read More

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Premature Foals: Short- and Long-Term Problems

March 19, 2004

Several problems commonly develop in premature foals, some of which can require some tough decisions by the owner and practitioner. Don't balk at gathering information. Get very detailed histories and take a good look at the placenta.... Read More

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Dystocia Management

January 31, 2004

Incidence of dystocia is around 4%, although this varies by breed, Embertson said. While many dystocias are resolved on the farm, some cases need to be referred to a hospital. This decision should be made based on the position of the foal, duration ... Read More