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    02-19-2012, 11:30 PM
I was planning on calling the vet out, so that's good. I've got the iodine, getting the straw...I just hope I can be out there right when she's having it!
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    02-28-2012, 06:21 PM
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    02-28-2012, 06:21 PM
Originally Posted by howrsegirl123    
I was planning on calling the vet out, so that's good. I've got the iodine, getting the straw...I just hope I can be out there right when she's having it!
I strongly urge you not to use iodine. It has been proven to be extremely caustic and can actually cause harm rather then help.
    03-07-2012, 01:01 AM
Originally Posted by Rumonek    
I strongly urge you not to use iodine. It has been proven to be extremely caustic and can actually cause harm rather then help.
What do you sugest to use? I have herd this before...
    03-07-2012, 01:52 AM
You can use 2% Iodine, not 7% Iodine. 2% you can buy over the counter. 7% you have to sign for and here, they have to special order it for you, no one carries it behind the counter.

At OSU they started out recommending Nolvasan but have found the results aren't great and have gone back to Iodine. This year I had to have a foal transfused, his IgG was very low and even after transfusing he didn't come up over 400. After the 2nd transfusion he came up over 800 and after being in the ICU for a week, he came home on oral antibiotics for 7 days. He's fine now but that's a very expensive way to go.
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    03-07-2012, 02:39 PM
Originally Posted by missimagine    
What do you sugest to use? I have herd this before...
Chlorhexidine. You can get it from any veterinarian.
I would not use iodine of any dilution.
    03-07-2012, 02:42 PM
No treatment of the navel is required when the foaling occurs in a clean environment, such as a clean, grassy pasture or a very well cleaned, disinfected, and bedded stall.
However, most owners prefer to dip their foal’s navel. Traditionally, products containing iodine in different concentrations have been used to dip navels with apparent effectiveness.
However, these products have been known to cause serious side effects, such as irritation and sloughing of abdominal skin.
Researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, studied the use of different disinfectants on navels to determine their effect on bacterial growth.
Results showed that overall a half-percent solution of chlorhexidine was the best solution to use for dipping the navel. It was the most effective against the common bacteria identified, as the major cause of umbilical infections while it did not cause complications such as skin irritation.
According to the study, the stronger concentrations of iodine (seven to ten percent) should not be used because in addition to the damage they can do to the surrounding skin, they tend to cauterize and dry the umbilical cord too rapidly.
This rapid drying can trap bacteria in the tissues, resulting in abscesses, and also cause a potential risk for a higher incidence of patent urachus developing which allows urine to drip from the drying cord (the urachus is the opening from the bladder to the umbilicus in the fetus).
One product that contains chlorhexidine as an active ingredient is one-percent Novasan® Antiseptic solution. In order to prepare the proper concentration, it should be diluted with an equal volume of water to create a half-percent solution.
Another product, Novasan® Teat Dip, with four-percent chlorhexidine plus glycerin, must also be diluted. Place one pint of the teat dip in a clean gallon container and fill with water, thus creating a gallon of half-percent solution.
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    03-07-2012, 06:39 PM
Any news on the foal? Perhaps pictures?


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