August- Gladys & Ghamjon Highland Ponies
For August's Case of the Month we decided to choose Gladys from Ghamjon Highland Ponies. Gladys had given birth to a foal however despite a normal birth Gladys was hanging onto her afterbirth (placenta- also known as a 'cleansing').
Did you know that there are different types of placenta? A horse has a diffuse placenta- which has lots of finger-like projections that are intertwined with the horse's womb.
Meanwhile a cow has a placenta that is cotyledonary (lots of buttons) in the afterbirth attaching mum to baby.
Since a horse's placenta is a diffuse, it is vitally important she passes the placenta shortly after birth, otherwise the placenta can become toxic and make them very sick. On the other hand, it is possible for cows to hang onto their placenta, and push it out many days after birth!
To get Gladys to push out her placenta we gave her a drug called Oxytocin. This is used to stimulate contractions. After administering the Oxytocin and with some gentle traction we managed to help Gladys pass her placenta. After that she had an anti-inflammatory injection and prescribed a course of antibiotics before being returned home to the fells which she calls home!
Thank you to Ghamjon Highland Ponies for allowing us to use Gladys as our Case of the Month and for giving us some cracking views whilst we did our job!