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The somewhat unusual but not significant finding here is that the vessels are attached further along the non-pregnant horn than is normally seen. They are usually at the bifurcation of the two horns or further along the pregnant horn. Another finding here is that the two horns are of almost equal length. Short horns of equal length are generally associated with a predominantly body pregnancy, which are rarely carried to term. This placenta was from a primiparous mare that delivered a small foal (44 kg).

Smaller than normal enteral feeds are often required for these foals and parenteral nutrition is required for many that do not tolerate enteral feeding. Abnormal respiratory pattern. This may reflect fetal atelectasis (failure of lung expansion with decreased surfactant), which is characterized by an increased abdominal component or central respiratory depression. 22) This should be observed from a distance initially and should include the following: • Does the foal recognize and have affinity for its dam?

Uterine palpation via the cervix should be done in an attempt to locate the uterine tear; however this is difficult in a postpartum mare as the tip of the uterine horns can be out of reach. Thus the inability to find a tear by this means does not preclude its presence. • Abdominocentesis should be performed in order to determine the presence and degree of peritonitis. In cases of uterine tear the peritoneal fluid contains an elevated number of red blood cells, total proteins and white blood cells, with intracellular and extracellular bacteria sometimes seen on cytological examination.

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