Malton Equine Veterinary Services

Mare Reproductive Services

Monitoring of the Placenta during Pregnancy
Monitoring of the Placenta during Pregnancy

The placenta is one of the most fascinating organs in nature, providing all of the maternal oxygen and nutrition the foetus needs to grow and thrive, while returning all of the foetus’ waste products to the dam for disposal.

Not uncommonly, however, the ability of the placenta to perform its critical role can be compromised by infection, either arriving through the cervix (ascending) or via the mare’s blood stream. Placental health can be reliably monitored via ultrasound scans either via the rectum, or transabdominally, sometimes coupled with blood tests to check for subtle signs of inflammation.

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US scanning allows us to measure the thickness of the uterus and placenta, as inflammation usually causes oedema (swelling) of the tissue. This condition is known as ‘placentitis’ and is unfortunately one of the leading causes of abortion. Utilising doppler ultrasonography, we can also monitor blood flow to and from the placenta to further evaluate its health for diagnostic or therapeutic monitoring purposes.

Should any issues be identified, our experienced veterinarians will offer expert guidance on appropriate treatment and continue vigilant monitoring for the remainder of gestation. If identified in good time, many cases of placentitis can be managed successfully, leading to the birth of healthy foals at term.

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.

Mare Reproductive Services

Our veterinary pre-breeding assessments for mares are designed to lay the foundation for successful equine reproduction and identify any potential problems early.

Pre-breeding Examination

We meticulously evaluate the health and fertility of the mare prior to cover, ensuring compatibility for a successful breeding experience.

Natural cover

We understand the importance of leveraging advanced reproductive technologies to optimize the breeding success of your beloved equine companions.

Artificial Insemination

Embryo transfer allows breeders to multiply the genetic potential of mares, offering a range of benefits that enhance both efficiency and success in breeding programs.

Embryo Transfer

We use a comprehensive approach to the investigation of difficult breeders.

Infertility Investigation

In our commitment to comprehensive equine reproductive care, we employ advanced techniques such as hysteroscopic treatment to address infertility issues that may arise from blocked oviducts in mares.

Hysteroscopic treatment of the Oviduct (Fallopian tube)

Due to the very rare survival of twin pregnancies to term it is recommended to reduce one of the embryos to result in a single remaining pregnancy.

Twin reduction

In equine veterinary medicine, the ability to determine fetal gender is a valuable aspect of reproductive care, aiding breeders in their strategic breeding programs.

Foetal gender determination

There are multiple surgical procedures aimed at addressing caudal anatomy issues to improve mare fertility.

Surgical management of the vulva and perineum

We prioritize the well-being of pregnant mares through comprehensive monitoring techniques, including advanced ultrasound scans.

Monitoring of the placenta during pregnancy

Veterinary monitoring of equine pregnancy is a critical aspect of ensuring the health and well-being of both the mare and the developing foal.

Monitoring of the high rick pregnancy

Malton Equine is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for pregnant mares, covering general well-being, strategic worming, and vaccinations crucial for a healthy pregnancy.

General care, worming and vaccinating the pregnant mare

At Malton Equine, we understand that despite meticulous breeding and attentive care, complications can occasionally arise during the foaling process.

Assisted Foaling

In the critical post-foaling period, Malton Equine can assist in the thorough management of your mare's health.

Post-Foaling disease management

Undesirable or atypical behavior exhibited by mares during their oestrous cycles can often be indicative of underlying reproductive issues.

Suppression of oestrus ('Moody' Mare Management)

Unfortunate circumstances can result in a foal being left without its own mare to rear it.

Fostering the orphan foal