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    09-10-2012, 03:24 PM
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Weanling
Infected naval on newborn?

What do normal Navals look like vs infected ones? What do I need to be looking for? My filly is 5 days old today and is starting to show that it's painful. When I went to disinfect it this morning she was kicking at it/ my hand. It's a little puffy around it but I don't know what is normal and what is not. Anyone have pics of a normal one vs infected?
Any help is welcomed. I've already called the vet just waiting to hear back.
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    09-10-2012, 03:26 PM
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Yearling
#1 call your vet.
#2 show us a pic o.O
     
    09-10-2012, 03:28 PM
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Weanling

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    09-10-2012, 03:29 PM
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    09-10-2012, 03:31 PM
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Yearling
Hmmm. Kinda looks like a hernia o.o
Definitely have your vet check.
     
    09-10-2012, 03:34 PM
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Weanling
Got him coming at 6:30 just got off the phone. So worried now:/
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    09-10-2012, 03:39 PM
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You have the vet coming - I wouldn't worry about looking at pics - could be a hernia but might be infection and you've done the right thing in not taking any risks as infection there can have serious consequences - no point telling you otherwise.
     
    09-10-2012, 04:04 PM
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Weanling
Just was wondering if anyone's gone through either one before for a little insight I guess.
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    09-10-2012, 04:18 PM
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Foal
Most hernia's work themselves out with growth. And if they don't they are usually an easy fix. If its infected, so long as he gives the baby some meds you'll be fine. It's so lovely to see animals so fussed over and well loved that their horse parents worry. :) Good job hon!

If you have any more babies... and you probably did this... just fill up a paper dixie cup with iodine and after they get up...hold the cup upright under the baby but over the stump of the navel cord and squeeze it so the iodine gushes up and coats the belly area and stump area throughly. I've been at a breeding barn boarding for years and years before I got my own place and was always helping with the births. We did this religiously and never had a stump infection.

Glad you called the vet! IF nothing else, you'll sleep better tonight.
     
    09-10-2012, 04:24 PM
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Weanling
We went with a 2 percent iodine mix. As the vet told us to. This was 12 hours after the birth because the vet said he wanted it to dry a bit beforehand. Now I wish I would have done it right away and not listened to him.
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