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Date:7/28/2014 9:58:27 PM
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Dummy Foal Syndrome
You had lefft a comment on Blue's page, asking what dummy foal syndrome was. Well..The term "dummy" foal is one that is given to foals that act "dumb" at birth, or even hours thereafter. However this syndromes falls under the broad category of neonatal maladjustment syndrome. While the cause of this condition is not fully understood, what happens is that the tissues of the brain essentially hemorrhage and there is swelling around the nerve cells of the brain due to edema. Some of these "dummy" foals are normal at birth, then suffer a seizure, followed by a lack of the suckling response. At birth there is an incomplete blood/brain barrier, which essentially means that if there is an infection in the bloodstream, it can make its way to the central nervous system. Foals with neonatal maladjusted syndrome will behave abnormally for a number of reasons, such as a lack of oxygen due to dystocia.The more mild symptoms include the lack of a suckling response, disorientation, and irritability (which can manifest itself as grinding of the teeth, sneezing, or wandering aimlessly). More severe symptoms include convulsions, seizures, or the foal becoming comatose. Our vet believed that Blue may have had trouble delivering the foal, & he want to long of a time, without oxygen during the birthing process.
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