Malton Equine Veterinary Services

Foal Medicine

Management of Hernias
Management of Hernias
Umbilical or inguinal hernias are conditions commonly encountered in foals, often manifesting within the first three months of life. These hernias involve a protrusion of abdominal contents through a weakened area in the abdominal wall, and their management is crucial to ensure the foal’s well-being. Depending on the size and severity of the hernia, intervention may be necessary for resolution.
Treatment options vary based on factors such as the hernia’s size and potential complications. For smaller hernias, non-invasive methods such as rubber band application or physical reduction may be employed to encourage closure. In cases where the hernia is more substantial or poses a risk of complications, surgical intervention may be recommended.
Malton Equine Veterinary Services
Surgical procedures for hernia repair involve the closure of the weakened abdominal wall, ensuring the containment of abdominal contents. This approach is particularly beneficial for larger or persistent hernias, providing a lasting solution. Our experienced veterinarians work closely with foal owners to determine the most appropriate treatment plan to suit the specific needs of each case.

Whether through non-invasive methods or surgical intervention, our commitment is to provide compassionate and expert care. If you suspect your foal may have a hernia or have concerns about their abdominal health, contact us for a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment plan.

Emergency veterinary attention for your horse may be required at any time of the day or night. We provide veterinary care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to registered clients.

Foal Medicine

A prompt examination of the newborn foal within the first couple of days is a critical step in ensuring their well-being and addressing potential issues that may arise during foaling.

Neonatal (newborn) foal examination

IgG, or immunoglobulin G, is a crucial marker in assessing the immunity status of newborn foals. A low IgG reading is indicative of an insufficient transfer of immunity from the mare's colostrum to the foal.

Plasma Transfusion

Limb deformities, whether in the form of flexural (contracted tendons) or angular (valgus/varus - toe-in/toe-out) issues, are not uncommon in newborn foals.

Assessment of limb conformation

Entropion, the inward rolling of the lower eyelid, is a condition that, when left unaddressed, can adversely impact the ocular health of foals.

Management of entropion

Routine chest scanning for foals is a proactive and essential component of our equine veterinary care, especially considering the common occurrence of pneumonia in foals.

Routine chest scanning

Umbilical or inguinal hernias are conditions commonly encountered in foals, often manifesting within the first three months of life.

Management of hernias

In compliance with current regulations, it is now a legal requirement for all horses to be microchipped by six months of age, underscoring the importance of precise identification within the equine community.

Identification and microchipping for passports

In our commitment to ensuring the optimal health and well-being of your equine companion, we adhere rigorously to the latest advancements in equine health practices.

Advice on worming and vaccination

Newborn foals are immunologically naive and particularly vulnerable, necessitating specialized care to ensure their health and well-being.

Treatment of the sick foal