The “Problem” Mare: A Challenging Case of Endometritis

A reproduction specialist reviews how she successfully managed and impregnated a particularly challenging problem mare.

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It’s a scenario that many veterinarians face throughout their career: Nearly every veterinarian in the area has tried to get this mare pregnant to no avail, and now it’s their turn. Perhaps they wonder, "Where do I start? What approach do I take? Can I help them?”

This situation is not so unusual and is similar to the case Margo Macpherson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, described during her in-depth interactive session at the 2015 Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, held Dec. 5-9 in Las Vegas.

“An owner approached me, asking to breed her ‘problem’ mare using artificial insemination, and due to costs I could only breed her once,” said Macpherson, setting the stage for her presentation.

In preparation, Macpherson mentally ran down the list of causes of poor pregnancy rates: fibrosis (scarring) of the reproductive tract, poor semen quality, timing of insemination, and, of course, endometritis

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Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she’s worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.

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