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post #1 of 4 Old 06-21-2009, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Yellow, thick discharge from mare?

Nellie foaled three days ago and this morning I noticed she has a thick yellow discharge coming from her vulva. It is getting on her tail and looks awful. There is lots of it too. Is this normal for a mare to have after foaling or is it a bad sign? I'll be contacting the owner anyways but I would be interested if you have ever had this happen. Thanks!
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-21-2009, 04:20 PM
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She will need to be flushed, either with straight saline, or saline mixed with an antibiotic prescribed by your vet - usually Gentomycin

I had one mare that used to get a post foaling infection usually every single time she foaled, and usually 1-2 flushes and all was well with her

ALso remember that as it runs down her vulva, it is going to run down the inside of her legs, and usually on to her udder as well, so pay attention to keeping her udder as clean as possible so baby isnt ingesting pus-y discharge ...

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post #3 of 4 Old 06-21-2009, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, thanks for the information - that is interesting your mare got it each time she foaled. I guess some are more likely to get it than others.
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This one mare got it 5 times in a row and it was really as there was no retained placenta, it was passed intact within about 30 minutes, all went well with the foaling and then 2-3 days later I'd see the discharge starting, and I'd start with the flushing on her and as mentioned - once or twice - max - cleaned her right up and this was the first year I didnt have to flush her at all

Good luck with Nellie!

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