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Foaling, Prolonged Labor, 2nd Stage Labor Lasting Over 20 Minutes

Code Red - Call Your Vet Immediately, Even Outside Business Hours

Code Red - Call Your Vet Immediately, Even Outside Business Hours

  • If you have any doubt about the length of time your mare is taking to deliver.
  • Questions coming up around foaling should usually be discussed right away with your vet.

Your mare is foaling, but it seems like the process is taking longer than it should.

Once strong abdominal contractions start and the fetal membranes rupture, labor should progress very rapidly. If delivery is delayed, the fetus is in danger. Therefore prompt and correct treatment is critical.

Call your veterinarian immediately and describe the situation. In some cases, they may be able to reach your location rapidly. If this is not possible, they may be able to lead you through assisting your mare.

What Not To Do

Do not intervene unless you have tried to reach your vet and they are not available to help and you are confident in what you are doing.

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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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