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FOALS! What you need to know NOW.


It’s that time of year when joy and


cuteness enter the world in the form of a long-legged, lanky adorable foal. Are you prepared for ensuring a healthy foal delivery? Tips & timeframes from Drs. Krista





Estell and Elizabeth MacDonald of our neonatal intensive care unit:


The fi rst few hours of a foal’s life are critical. A newborn foal can deterio- rate very rapidly, requiring immedi- ate medical intervention.





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A newborn foal should:


• breathe independently within seconds of birth • be on their feet within one hour • be nursing on the mare within two hours Your primary care veterinarian should evaluate your newborn foal


twelve to eighteen hours post foaling to complete a comprehensive physical exam. Blood should be collected within twelve to eighteen hours for an immunoglobulin g test (IgG) to make sure that the foal has received adequate amounts of immunoglobulins from the mare’s colostrum. These immunoglobulins are essential for protecting the foal from in- fection during the fi rst few weeks of life. If the IgG concentration is low then the foal should receive a plasma transfusion to provide the vital antibodies to protect the foal from infections. A complete blood count and a serum amyloid A can also be performed to detect early signs of infection. Early recognition of abnormalities is essential in the neonate. Call


your veterinarian immediately if the foal is struggling to stand or has not nursed for a couple of hours. Other signs that can indicate problems are weakness or lethargy, milk draining from the nostrils, increased respiration, colic, diarrhea, enlarged umbilicus, swollen joints or lameness. Some foals can be assisted on the farm and can successfully re-


cover, but others may need to be hospitalized to properly manage problems. Further diagnostics such as more bloodwork, ultrasound or radiographs may be required to evaluate the foal and address is- sues. Early referral to an equine hospital for proper management has a signifi cant impact on a foal’s chance of survival. Close attention and monitoring should also be directed towards


the mare, who should pass the placenta within three hours and show acceptance of her new charge! Top of the checklist: do not wait to call your veterinarian if either foal or mare are displaying issues. When it comes to foals, time is critical.


The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC) is a premier, full-service equine health facility conveniently located at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. As an integral part of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and Virginia Tech, the EMC off ers an array of cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic technologies and veterinary expertise to provide innovative and cost-eff ective care for your horse. The EMC off ers a broad range of general and


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