In Practice 35:243-250 doi:10.1136/inp.f2867
  • Clinical practice
    • Equine

Support of the collapsed neonatal foal


Management of the collapsed foal can be achieved with excellent results, provided a systematic approach to the problem is adopted. Appropriate measures are reviewed in this article. They include: a thorough history and physical examination (particularly of the cardiothoracic and gastrointestinal systems, as well as the foal's neurological status), resuscitating the animal with adequate oxygen and fluid delivery, and instituting adequate maintenance supportive care including an intravenous supply of energy to raise glucose values and antibiotics to treat sepsis, one of the primary causes of neonatal disease.

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