August 21, 2008
Dr. Tom Lenz offers nine warning signs that your foal might be sick and in need of immediate veterinary attention.
- The foal doesn’t roll up on its chest or exhibit a suckling reflex within 20 minutes of birth.
- The foal fails to stand and nurse within three hours.
- The foal seems dull and depressed.
- The foal’s navel is raw, red or swollen.
- Urine drips from the foal’s navel.
- The foal’s joints are hot and swollen, or it appears lame.
- The foal’s gums are white, or the gums and the whites of the foal’s eyes are yellow.
- The foal’s body temperature is outside (too high or too low) the normal range of 99 to 101.5° F.
- The foal loses its appetite (most foals nurse 4-5 times an hour during the first week of life).