The difficult foaling


The difficult foaling

12 Nov 2021

Dystocia in the horse is one of very few true emergencies that the veterinarian will see, where every further minute of delay will make a difference to survival of both the mare and foal. How a dystocia is managed is very dependent on the owner or stud set-up and if veterinary hospitalisation is available close by. If intervention is needed, veterinary attendance is obviously required rapidly and it is critical that a pre-determined plan is in place should this be required. Assisted vaginal delivery (AVD) progressing to controlled vaginal delivery (CVD) and then caesarean section and/or fetotomy can be performed in the event of a dystocia. A terminal caesarean section is also an option and each will be discussed, in a hospital setting as well as in the field. Ex-Utero Intra-Partum Treatment (EXIT) will be discussed. This involves intubating the foal whilst still in-utero, allowing manual ventilation whilst the dystocia is corrected.

  • •Improved confidence with managing a foaling in the field and what the options are
  • •Performing controlled vaginal delivery
  • •Understanding the basics of performing Ex-Utero Intra-Partum Treatment

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