The difficult foaling

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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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