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

By Gary England

Following on from the profitable structure of the former variations, Fertility and Obstetrics within the Horse 3e is a pragmatic and easy consultant to equine replica. From explaining the anatomy of the mares reproductive tract to detailing difficulties encountered while pregnant, it covers all of the significant parts of shock in addition to together with the newest advancements in diagnostic strategies and remedy suggestions.

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Development of the mature corpus luteum from the corpus haemorrhagicum is a gradual process which takes 4–6 days. The maturing corpus luteum becomes smaller and firmer due to: • Shrinkage of the blood clot, which is also being invaded by rapidly• dividing peripheral (thecal) cells, which become luteal cells (and produce progesterone); Condensation of the ovarian stroma which becomes thicker around the CL due to its diminished surface area. Rectal palpation • Ovaries: the early CH/CL may be palpable, and feel similar to a preovulatory follicle.

CLs which result from large CHs remain palpable for a longer period of time. Uterus: reduces in diameter; uterine oedema (therefore ‘doughy’ texture) is lost; uterus feels more tonic. Cervix: reduces in diameter and increases in tone. Visual examination of the vagina • Vaginal wall starts to become pale and dry. • Cervix becomes grey and cervical os contracts. Palpation per vaginam • Vagina is dry. • Cervix is dry with increased tone and cervical os closes. Ultrasound examination • Ovaries: the corpus haemorrhagicum is generally hyperechogenic in • appearance.

1). A small amount of moisture is normal during oestrus, especially after covering, when a temporary purulent discharge may be seen; Yellow urine stain (usually dry) on ventral commisure of vulva. 2). 4 Manual examination per rectum • Due to the lateral position of the ovaries, one-handed rectal examination • • • makes accurate palpation of the right ovary for the right-handed examiner (and vice versa) difficult if the mare is not well restrained. Wear a glove and use adequate lubricant. Mare usually resents passage of hand most and then the elbow.

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