We currently have over 6 million horses in Brazil (IBGE). And the echinoculture has been improving and developing every day, by the cattle ranchers themselves, breeders and also by the activity of veterinarians, using science and biotechnology to select and improve genetically the animals. This activity tends to increase as there is a significant increase in foal birth per season compared to a few years ago.
This leads to increased research and attention focused on equine neonates, who may present or develop various diseases because they are more "sensitive" physiologically speaking. Among the complications with the foals, we can mention the retention of meconium (the first stool excreted by foals), which is much more common than we imagine. It can happen for several reasons, and failure to breast milk is.
Clinical signs include decreased elimination of meconium, ie it is eliminated in small quantity, attitude or effort to defecate, tail contractions, abdominal distension, agitation that progresses to depression and rolling, and decreased activity and breastfeeding.
The diagnosis is made based on the clinical history of the animal, observation of signs of colic as mentioned above, can be done by the veterinarian a palpation digito-rectal and also complementary tests such as x-ray and ultrasound to confirm the location and quantity of retained meconium.
The treatment is based on fluidizing these feces with an enema, aiding in the expulsion of it, thus relieving the abdominal discomfort of the foal and reestablishing the normal functioning of the intestine. There are properties that use the enema in a preventive way, together with the attention paid to the behavior of the foal, and ensuring that there is the intake of breast milk, especially colostrum (the first milk supplied from mare to foal, rich in antibodies) if intestinal motility is stimulated and with these measures, retention of meconium will not possibly be a problem with your
With this in mind, the Animal Health Pharmacêutica puts Fleet Plex
in its line, indicated for the relief of constipation and hygiene of the rectal region during the preparation of rectal exams. This phosphate enema acts by causing fluid to flow out of the tissues of the rectum and thereby increases the volume of water inside the intestine, fluidizing and softening the stool.
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