Lila's 2019 Filly
Lila had a filly the morning of June 8, 2019. Unfortunately she was born with Equine Maladjustment Syndrome, also know as Dummy Foal Syndrome. She lacked the desire and knowledge to eat. She didn't have a suck and swallow reflex. I called Oaks Veterinary Equine & Farm and Dr. Emily came out. After examining the filly and determining she truly was a dummy foal she did a Madigan Foal Squeeze Technique which will sometimes reset the foal's reflexes and alert her to suck. In this particular foal the technique gave her a little stronger suck reflex, but not enough to thrive on her own. She was given a tube feeding to make sure she had a full belly and a little strength so I could start trying to bottle feeding in an effort to stimulate her suck and swallow reflex. Sunday afternoon, day 2 of life, she started occasionally nursing. Monday, day 3, she was nursing well.
June 11 -- Camden spent some time with Lila and her baby in the yard. Hannah visited too.
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