Reproductive System

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Ins and Outs of Equine Lactation

Lactation is a very important function in a mare. So important, in fact, that two lives depend on it. A mare’s body will sacrifice her foal’s health to save her own life … both during gestation and after foaling. In other words, you must feed her

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Diagnostics for the Chronically Infertile Mare

The diagnosis and treatment of chronically infertile mares is a complex process. Practitioners should utilize the available diagnostics, including cultures and cytology, along with endoscopy, to root out the myriad causes of this problem and increase

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Overexcited Stallion

I have a stallion that “saucers” (exhibits glans penis enlargement) prior to mounting. Any suggestions?

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Endometritis Diagnosis and Management

When a mare is bred by natural cover, the uterine lining, or endometrium, becomes inflamed. The stallion deposits semen in the uterus, as well as bacteria, bits of debris, and seminal fluid. The normally sterile uterus becomes irritated and

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Basics of Life

Reproduction in all species borders on the miraculous. In this article on reproductive anatomy, we’ll take a look at the reproductive organs of both the mare and the stallion and discuss just how they function in their effort to produce another “miracle.”

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Bluegrass Equine Reproduction Symposium: Stallions

A four-day seminar focusing on reproduction education for veterinarians was hosted by Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., Oct. 23-26 This is the fifth year for a fall seminar hosted by the group, which now alternates with a

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In the Aftermath of Birth–Retained Placenta

The birth of a foal is a wondrous event; if all goes well, it is over quickly as the mare goes through the three stages of labor. The first stage generally involves restlessness as the mare paces the stall, paws, lies down, gets back up, and

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Persistent Uterine Infections

T he question that begs an answer concerning uterine infections, in the mind of Jim Briddle, DVM, Riverton, Wyo., isn’t so much why they occur, but, rather, why they don’t occur more frequently.

It has always been amazing to me, says the”P>T he question that begs an answer concern

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Uterine Cysts

The equine uterus, in a manner of speaking, could be compared to a house. When a house is snug and solid with no broken windows, holes in the roof, drafts, or plugged drains, it is a comfortable place in which to live. If, however, there are

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Cryptorchid Surgery

It’s time to have your young colt gelded, so you make an appointment with your veterinarian. He arrives on the designated day and examines the colt prior to the surgery, then informs you that your colt is a bilateral cryptorchid and will need

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