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    11-10-2010, 12:21 PM
  #21
Foal
Is anyone familiar with the Wee-Foal pregnancy test? I've heard about it and thought about purchasing one to see if it is positive or not. If so, then I can spend the money on a U/S but if she isn't, then I won't have to call the vet out because other than that, she is healthy and UTD on everything.
     
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    11-10-2010, 07:52 PM
  #22
Foal
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Originally Posted by tealamutt    
Nope, wrong! You can always palpate the foal. I have palpated our arabian herd (about 60+ girls) all through their pregnancies and I have never not been able to feel the fetus.
It is VERY possible for someone to miss a foal through rectal palpation- its happened many, many times. If someone is not extremely experienced, the possibility is large at certain points of the pregnancy that the foal just will not be within their "reach".

OP- go with an ultrasound. I do not like rectal palpations in the first place- only extremely experienced and qualified individuals should perform them, and even then the risk of injury to your mare is more than what I would want to take with my own.
     
    11-10-2010, 07:54 PM
  #23
Foal
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Originally Posted by Kcombs7    
Is anyone familiar with the Wee-Foal pregnancy test? I've heard about it and thought about purchasing one to see if it is positive or not. If so, then I can spend the money on a U/S but if she isn't, then I won't have to call the vet out because other than that, she is healthy and UTD on everything.
I have used a weefoal test with success.
     
    11-11-2010, 08:01 AM
  #24
Foal
Thanks! I think that may be my first step before scheduling a vet to do an ultrasound.
     
    11-11-2010, 07:40 PM
  #25
Foal
So does anyone know what the average size of a pregnant mares belly should be? We measured her around today. Put the measure on the last rib of her left side and went all the way around and the total was 96 inches. Any thoughts?
     
    11-12-2010, 02:25 PM
  #26
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Rumonek    
It is VERY possible for someone to miss a foal through rectal palpation- its happened many, many times. If someone is not extremely experienced, the possibility is large at certain points of the pregnancy that the foal just will not be within their "reach".

OP- go with an ultrasound. I do not like rectal palpations in the first place- only extremely experienced and qualified individuals should perform them, and even then the risk of injury to your mare is more than what I would want to take with my own.
I think you have some misinformation here.

First, every licensed veterinarian is qualified to perform rectal palpation. It is standard operating procedure for working up a suspected colic case. It is wise to be cautious with rectal palpation, yes, but foolish to be afraid of it. Every licensed veterinarian working in an equine practice falls under the "extremely experienced and qualified individual title"

Second, you can literally put your hand on every inch of the uterus until the foal is large enough that it pulls it over the pelvic brim, at which point it is so large, there is no way to miss it. So I can see a very inexperienced veterinarian missing a pregnancy at maybe 40 days on palpation but not with trans-rectal ultrasound.

Third, are you talking about transabdominal ultrasound then, re:too risky for rectal palp? Do you realize that you can't see the foal that way until just a few months before birth? So, if someone thinks they have an accidental pasture bred mare, you're advocating waiting until they are near foaling out to diagnose the pregnancy?!
     
    11-12-2010, 02:36 PM
  #27
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Kcombs7    
So does anyone know what the average size of a pregnant mares belly should be? We measured her around today. Put the measure on the last rib of her left side and went all the way around and the total was 96 inches. Any thoughts?
there really is no way to tell. Maybe if you had this mare through several pregnancies and knew how she tended to carry it might mean something, but every mare is different, let alone differences between breeds and stallion size, her nutritional status/body condition going in, etc etc. The only way to know is to get in there and have a look/feel. Although I am interested in hearing more about this Weefoal, haven't used them before and would love to hear about other people's opinions.
     
    11-15-2010, 09:48 PM
  #28
Started
I've used Wee Foal, and other than one test not being conclusive, it's always been right for me. I breed minis, and my vets aren't keen on U/S the little ones ;)
     
    11-16-2010, 02:06 AM
  #29
Yearling
Chey- I hadn't thought about a mini. I've palpated mini cows but they are still a lot bigger than your girls! We have a pretty good technique for doing alpacas (cause they are REALLY tiny) that I bet would work on minis too but it is nice to know there is a fairly reliable test out there too!
     
    11-16-2010, 03:12 AM
  #30
Foal
Definetly have your vet come out is the only true way to know!
     

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