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Fertility and Obstetrics in the Horse (Library Vet Practice) by Gary England

By Gary England

Following on from the profitable layout of the former versions, Fertility and Obstetrics within the Horse 3e is a pragmatic and elementary consultant to equine copy. From explaining the anatomy of the mares reproductive tract to detailing difficulties encountered while pregnant, it covers the entire significant components of shock in addition to together with the most recent advancements in diagnostic strategies and therapy options.

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Appearance similar to a ‘wilted rose’. Palpation per vaginam • Vagina is moist. • Cervix is obviously soft and oedematous, and admits one to three fingers as oestrus progresses. • Cervix may be more dilated at the foal heat. • Cervix may contract when palpated. Ultrasound examination • Ovaries: large, between one and three follicles predominate and protrude • above ovarian margin. Follicles appear flattened (margin adjacent to transducer becomes flat) as softening occurs. Corpora lutea of previous cycle may still be evident as triangular echogenic regions.

This may occur at one or more oestruses or be followed by the mare entering prolonged dioestrus. During the autumn transitional phase, some mares may show irregular oestrous signs similar to those observed during the spring transition, whilst others have a lack of oestrous signs (associated with prolonged dioestrus). Fertility and Obstetrics in the Horse, Third Edition Gary C. W. 3); Endoscopic examination of the vagina, cervix and uterus in some cases. 1 Restraint of the mare Level of restraint The level of restraint needed depends on experience of the handler, and temperament of mare, and quality and quantity of help available.

F) Dioestrus – a well-delineated corpus luteum with a homogeneous hypoechoic appearance is present within the ovary. Small anechoic follicles are present in a peripheral position. 5 Oestrus Rectal palpation • Ovaries: follicles 2–3 cm diameter identified on the first day. One or more • • grow to 3–6 cm before ovulation. Sometimes follicles may be less than this size (3 cm) at ovulation. Distinct follicular softening may be detected as ovulation approaches. Uterus: endometrial folds enlarge and become oedematous.

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