Foaling & Pediatrics

Foaling & Pediatrics

Foaling

At CGES we understand how excited you are about the birth of your new foal. We also understand the financial investment youve made breeding your valuable mare. The foaling barn at CGES is equipped with video cameras; we like to call it “Mare TV”. In addition we utilize the Foalert System. The Foalert System involves placing an electronic monitor on the vulva of each mare as she nears parturition. The Foalert system is activated when a mare actively enters labor. Our system is wired into a surveillance system with 24 hour monitoring. We know that it is seconds that count when a mare is in labor. An attended foaling allows us to assist the mare with delivery, correct minor problems and attend to the foal immediately. Our system of private paddocks allows us to place foaling mares and mares with young foals where they can be seen at all times. After hundreds of deliveries we believe strongly in good prenatal care, an assisted birth, imprint training of foals and excellent postnatal care for the mare and her newborn.

Foaling mares should arrive at CGES a minimum of one week prior to foaling so that the mare may become accustomed to her new surroundings. Newborn foals receive a complete neonatal examination, navel care, probiotics, an enema if needed and IgG testing. Foals born to high risk mares may receive additional laboratory testing. Foaling mares receive a complete postnatal examination, deworming, pain medication if needed and oxytocin to promote uterine involution. Foaling mares may be bred back at the appropriate time if the owner desires.

Pediatrics

Your dream foal is finally here! You want to make sure that everything is proceeding normally with the foal and dam. CGES provides a full spectrum of care for young horses. We start with neonatal examinations within 24 hours of birth, assessing IgG levels and the overall health and condition of the foal and dam. Special attention is given to the foal to detect any sign of infection, hernia, limb deformity or congenital defect. Newborn foals are born without any antibodies. The foal must nurse the mare and ingest a sufficient quantity of good quality colostrum to protect the foal from disease. Colostrum contains antibodies and we measure the amount of antibody with an IgG test. A low IgG level can be easily corrected with a plasma transfusion and prevent septicemia, pneumonia and joint ill. We keep frozen plasma and colostrum banked in our freezer and ready for use if needed.

Foals with weak tendons can have splints and special shoes applied. Foals with contracted tendons can receive treatment to relax tight tendons and allow joints to develop normally. Young growing foals with angular limb deformities can have special shoes applied and surgical procedures to correct the deformity before it is too late.

Sick foals can be treated with intravenous fluids, antibiotics and plasma. We place feeding tubes for foals that cannot nurse. Joint sepsis is treated early with joint lavage.  Foals with respiratory disease receive a thoracic ultrasound and tracheal wash. We are experienced in treating foals with failure of passive transfer, neonatal maladjustment syndrome, prematurity, septicemia, diarrhea, limb deformities, neonatal isoerythrolysis and other disease of young horses.

Foaling

At CGES we understand how excited you are about the birth of your new foal. We also understand the financial investment youve made breeding your valuable mare. The foaling barn at CGES is equipped with video cameras; we like to call it “Mare TV”. In addition we utilize the Foalert System. The Foalert System involves placing an electronic monitor on the vulva of each mare as she nears parturition. The Foalert system is activated when a mare actively enters labor. Our system is wired into a surveillance system with 24 hour monitoring. We know that it is seconds that count when a mare is in labor. An attended foaling allows us to assist the mare with delivery, correct minor problems and attend to the foal immediately. Our system of private paddocks allows us to place foaling mares and mares with young foals where they can be seen at all times. After hundreds of deliveries we believe strongly in good prenatal care, an assisted birth, imprint training of foals and excellent postnatal care for the mare and her newborn.

Foaling mares should arrive at CGES a minimum of one week prior to foaling so that the mare may become accustomed to her new surroundings. Newborn foals receive a complete neonatal examination, navel care, probiotics, an enema if needed and IgG testing. Foals born to high risk mares may receive additional laboratory testing. Foaling mares receive a complete postnatal examination, deworming, pain medication if needed and oxytocin to promote uterine involution. Foaling mares may be bred back at the appropriate time if the owner desires.

Pediatrics

Your dream foal is finally here! You want to make sure that everything is proceeding normally with the foal and dam. CGES provides a full spectrum of care for young horses. We start with neonatal examinations within 24 hours of birth, assessing IgG levels and the overall health and condition of the foal and dam. Special attention is given to the foal to detect any sign of infection, hernia, limb deformity or congenital defect. Newborn foals are born without any antibodies. The foal must nurse the mare and ingest a sufficient quantity of good quality colostrum to protect the foal from disease. Colostrum contains antibodies and we measure the amount of antibody with an IgG test. A low IgG level can be easily corrected with a plasma transfusion and prevent septicemia, pneumonia and joint ill. We keep frozen plasma and colostrum banked in our freezer and ready for use if needed.

Foals with weak tendons can have splints and special shoes applied. Foals with contracted tendons can receive treatment to relax tight tendons and allow joints to develop normally. Young growing foals with angular limb deformities can have special shoes applied and surgical procedures to correct the deformity before it is too late.

Sick foals can be treated with intravenous fluids, antibiotics and plasma. We place feeding tubes for foals that cannot nurse. Joint sepsis is treated early with joint lavage.  Foals with respiratory disease receive a thoracic ultrasound and tracheal wash. We are experienced in treating foals with failure of passive transfer, neonatal maladjustment syndrome, prematurity, septicemia, diarrhea, limb deformities, neonatal isoerythrolysis and other disease of young horses.

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