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

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    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.

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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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