Horses; Their Points and Management in Health and Disease

Horses; Their Points and Management in Health and Disease

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...first foaling to have a little more trouble over the act than one that has had several foals. Many mares that are wide in the croup experience very little difficulty in labour under normal circumstances. In every instance the author strongly advises that none but a qualified veterinary surgeon be allowed to interfere in the event of the labour being unduly prolonged, although it is a very general custom for amateurs just to " a little assistance." This is dangerous. give the mare Times without number the writer has been called to mares in labour, after all amateurish efforts have proved abortive, so far as delivery of the foal has been concerned. But what about the damage done? In many such instances the fate of the mare has been sealed, and probably that of the foal as well. In large breeding establishments the stud groom is often obstetrician, but he has usually a fair knowledge of the elementary principles of parturition. It is the easiest thing in the world to infect the generative passage of a mare at foaling. Moreover, how can a layman be certain when the mouth of the womb is sufiiciently dilated to permit of the exit of the foetus? Special qualifications are necessary, and it is the M.R.C.V.S. that is trained for this purpose. Unless thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, the fingers, arms, etc., and soiling of the external generative organs, may serve as a source for the introduction of micro-organisms into the now highly vascular generative passage. Further, the multifarious causes of prolonged and abnormal labour most certainly demands that the work be relegated to the professional man, but this should be before and not after damage has been done by clumsy hands, communicating disease into the interior. It is most...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236821742
  • 9781236821744