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

Thorough assessment of conformation, external genitalia and ultrasonographic assessment of uterus, cervix and ovaries...

Pre-breeding Examination

We are proud to work alongside thoroughbred studs and individual breeders to manage the natural breeding cycles for mares walking-in to stallions...

Natural cover

We offer fresh, chilled and frozen AI services to individual breeders and studs...

Artificial Insemination

We offer complete embryo transfer services allowing owners the opportunity to breed from mares in competition or with health issues; or to produce multiple foals per season...

Embryo Transfer

The off-season or early breeding season is the perfect opportunity to investigate mares with fertility issues however investigation can be carried out at any stage...

Infertility Investigation

Some infertility issues in mares can be linked to blockage of the ducts connecting the ovaries to the uterus...

Hysteroscopic treatment of the Oviduct (Fallopian tube)

Occasionally, a mare will conceive twins. 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

Gender determination can be performed via transrectal ultrasonography at 60-70 days gestation...

Foetal gender determination

There are several surgical procedures that can help to improve mare fertility by altering caudal anatomy...

Surgical management of the vulva and perineum

To ensure a safe pregnancy it is occasionally necessary to examine the placenta via ultrasound scan transrectally...

Monitoring of the placenta during pregnancy

Occasionally, issues with conformation or historical difficulties will mean a mare’s pregnancy might be termed ‘high-risk’...

Monitoring of the high rick pregnancy

General maintenance is essential in the management of the pregnant mare. We are happy to advise you on the best worming strategy for your pregnant mare...

General care, worming and vaccinating the pregnant mare

Occasionally, complications arise during foaling. Malton Equine are ready to assist and have a wealth of knowledge and experience with the necessary equipment to assist in difficult foalings...

Assisted Foaling

After foaling your mare should have passed her foetal membranes by three hours...

Post-Foaling disease management

Undesirable or atypical behaviour whilst in season can be investigated by thorough assessment of the uterus and ovaries...

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