How To Naturally Remove Retained Placenta In Mare

How To Naturally Remove Retained Placenta In Mare

Retained fetal placenta is a common, extremely serious postpartum problem in mares. The condition describes the failure to pass all, or part, of the placenta after foaling. When managed correctly it is unlikely to have any serious consequences. However, there are complications that may result in future breeding problems, lameness or even death if not correctly resolved. Ideally, the mare should pass, or expel the placenta about 15 minutes to one hour after foaling.¬† If more than 4-6 hours have passed, then the mare should be treated as an emergency. The Dangers Of Retained Placenta Most cases of retained placenta are non problematic. Occasionally, other problems can develop such as: metritis, septicaemia, laminitis, breeding problems or even death. Left untreated the uterus can accumulate bacteria and toxins. Not only does the retained placenta allow a pathway for bacteria to enter, but the tissue breakdown (or autolysis) provides a great medium for bacterial growth. The resulting inflammation within the uterus leads to an increase in blood flow which allows toxins to be easily absorbed. This type of absorption may potentially lead to septicaemia. It is a very serious condition. You can act before it comes an emergency by doing the steps listed below. How To Treat A Retained Placenta Naturally The goal is to efficiently treat a retained placenta without force, and to prevent further complications as described above. So, whatever you do, DO NOT PULL THE PLACENTA! First, tie, not cut, any placenta hanging below the hocks. The extra weight is needed, so whatever you do, don’t cut. The most effective removal is done with slow, steady, gentle traction....

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