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Vulvar Winking, Usually with Urination

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Code Yellow - Contact Your Vet at Your Convenience for an Appointment

  • If this happens frequently or excessively.

Vulvar winking is a common behavior for mares in heat (estrus), and usually accompanies squatting and urination. However, vulvar winking also occurs when the urinary tract or vulva is irritated.

WHAT TO DO

Taken alone with no other signs of illness or abnormalities, this behavior may not be cause for worry. When in doubt, assess your horse’s general health using the Whole Horse Exam (WHE), and contact your vet with your findings and concerns.

WHAT YOUR VET DOES

Your vet may advise you to take a “wait and see” approach or suggest that they examine your horse.

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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