Neonatal Foal / Post-Partum Mare Care

Every newborn foal should be examined by a veterinarian to detect issues that can lead to health problems later in life. A neonatal exam consists of a complete physical exam as well as a blood draw (IgG Foal SNAP test) to ensure the foal has absorbed an adequate amount of colostrum. The veterinarian will also look at the foal’s eyes and umbilicus, in the foal’s mouth for evidence of bite abnormalities or cleft palate, and evaluate the foal’s legs for angular limb deformities. If a problem is detected, your veterinarian can advise you on the best course of action. In the case of a low IgG, the foal has not absorbed enough colostrum (either due to failure to intake, lack or absorption, or lack of production by the mare) and should be administered IV plasma to bring their systemic antibodies up to a level adequate to support a healthy immune system. Please call our office after your foal is born to schedule your neonatal exam and mare postpartum exam.

Dr. Michelle Wiberg administering plasma to a foal with a low IgG