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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 2005 Aug;21(2):333-55.

Maturity of the neonatal foal.

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Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Murdoch University, Murdoch 6150, Western Australia. g.lester@murdoch.edu.au

Abstract

The immature foal frequently represents a significant management challenge to even the most experienced clinician. The clinical course typically involves complications to a range of body systems,including the musculoskeletal, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems. Before the commencement of treatment, it is important to provide the owner with an estimation of short-term and long-term survival, expected costs, and possible complications. Formulation of an accurate prognosis can be a difficult task but is aided by knowledge not only of normal maturation but of the factors that affect this process.

PMID:
16051053
DOI:
10.1016/j.cveq.2005.04.001
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