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Peripartum problems in mares 2. Postpartum problems
  1. James Crabtree


    James Crabtree graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2001 and spent four years in mixed practice before joining Equine Reproductive Services, a first-opinion and referral private equine practice specialising in equine reproduction, based in Yorkshire. During the Southern Hemisphere stud season he works as a consultant veterinarian in New Zealand and Australia. He holds the RCVS certificate in equine stud medicine.


Complications in the early postpartum period are a common and challenging problem for the equine clinician and are a cause of considerable distress to owners. This article reviews some of the specific problems encountered in the postpartum mare. The ability to diagnose and successfully treat the conditions discussed assumes a detailed knowledge of the anatomy and features of a normal postpartum mare as well as competence in the necessary diagnostic procedures. A previous article in the July/August issue (In Practice, volume 34, pp 400 – 410) reviewed prepartum problems in mares.

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