Malton Equine Veterinary Services

Foal Medicine

Plasma Transfusion
Plasma Transfusion
IgG gives a reading of immunoglobulin G. If low, this is an indication that the foal has not received full transfer of immunity from the mare’s colostrum. This is more likely if the foal struggles to nurse, if the mare has lost milk prior to foaling and if the quality of colostrum is poor. A hyperimmune plasma transfusion will give the foal the immunity it needs once the gut wall has stopped absorbing (12 hours old).
Malton Equine Veterinary Services

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

Examination of the newborn foal within the first couple of days will detect problems caused by foaling trauma...

Neonatal (newborn) foal examination

IgG gives a reading of immunoglobulin G. If low, this is an indication that the foal has not received full transfer of immunity from the mare’s colostrum...

Plasma Transfusion

Foals may be born with flexural (contracted tendons) or angular (valgus/varus- toe-in/toe-out) limb deformities. Detected early, these can be corrected or improved...

Assessment of limb conformation

Occasionally the lower eyelid might roll in, this is called entropion and can affect the surface (cornea) of the eye causing damage or ulceration and pain...

Management of entropion

Pneumonia is not uncommon among foals aged between 6 weeks and 6 months. Ultrasound offers a sensitive tool to diagnose problems early...

Routine chest scanning

Umbilical or inguinal hernias are commonly presented within the first three months. Depending on their size and severity treatment may be required to resolve (close) them...

Management of hernias

It is now a legal requirement for all horses to be microchipped by six months of age...

Identification and microchipping for passports

We follow all the up to date guidance on vaccination (depending on your horses discipline)...

Advice on worming and vaccination

All neonatal foals are immunologically naive and vulnerable following birth. We provide assessment and treatment of your foal and often on-farm management is achievable...

Treatment of the sick foal