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Newborn Foal Check

The care of a foal in its first 24-48 hours of life is vital to its survival and ability to thrive. One of the most important aspects of foal care is ensuring adequate colostrum is consumed. Foals are born without any antibodies of their own, therefore they must absorb antibodies from the mare's colostrum within 24 hours of being born. This provides protection from viral, fungal and bacterial infections. If the foal fails to absorb enough antibodies, they can develop severe infections which can be fatal unless intensive veterinary treatment is instigated.

Shires Vets equine Newborn Foal Check provides a comprehensive clinical examination of your new companion and includes:

  • Listening to the heart and lungs to detect any abnormalities such as injured ribs or heart murmurs
  • Foal side blood test to check for adequate ingestion of colostrum
  • Palpation and flexion of limbs for any deformities
  • Examination of the mouth and eyes for any congenital defects such as cleft pallet or turned in eyelids (entropion).
  • Examination for any hernias or umbilical infection

This newborn foal check is £55 plus visit fee.

For a healthy foal we advise that this examination is performed 24 hours after the foal is born, however if the foal is showing signs of lethargy or is very flat we advise this examination be performed as soon as possible.

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