Early detection and immediate attention is essential in cases of Neonatal Maladjustment Syndrome (Dummy Foals). The brain is susceptible to hypoxic injury, leading to significant problems i.e. seizures, recumbency, ileus, organ failure etc.
Intensive Management is needed:
- Parental immunity
- Antibiotic cover
- Supportive care
- Monitoring and immediate veterinary assistance 24 hours a day
A foal ICU functions on the principal that 24 hours care is essential and immediate veterinary assistance is vital to prevent further cerebral damage. The accompanying problems of sepsis, low parental immunity, dehydration, recumbancy etc all need to be addressed.
- Seek veterinary assistance during parturition at the first signs of trouble. Do not delay!
- Refer possible dummy foals immediately
- Communicate details of the parturition accurately and the treatment history prior to referral.
- The mare may also need medical attention.
- Foals receiving medications will be required to be micro chipped prior to discharge to comply with EU regulations.
- A deposit is required and the duty veterinary surgeon will discuss this.