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When A Horse Goes "septic"

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I am a valiant watcher of Marestare and sadly in the past few days there have been several foal deaths...thought the streak was ended but then Faith Farm, one of my favorites, had a foal die...mare made it, or so we thought...but just found out that she was put down tonight because she had a rectal tear that went septic :mecry: Rox at Faith Farms does such a fabulous job...I feel terrible for her.

I tried looking up septic, but I didn't get much on it so I figured I'd ask here. Thanks in advance!

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It probably means that the rectal tear got infected and went to her bloodstream. Septic shock is a condition caused by an infection in the bloodstream (sepsis) in which blood pressure falls dangerously low and many organs malfunction because of inadequate blood flow.

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I've heard it explained that during labor, one of the foal's feet pierces the membrane between the birth canal and the bowel, causing a septic situation that poisons the mare.

For what it's worth, I've known horsetraders who would spot a mare having such a condition being offered and pass the word to other traders in the ring that the mare was "jilfered." Not sure about the spelling.

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Googling "sepsis" or "septicemia" will produce better results. Essentially it's an infection that spreads system-wide. Might start as a UTI or a uterine tear or something in a a mare, but will turn into a terrible systemic infection which can kill both foal and mare.

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