HomePhilippine Journal of Veterinary Medicinevol. 46 no. 2 (2009)

Uterine Prolapse in a Mare Following Normal Delivery: Clinical Case Management

Eduardo B. Torres | Karlo Romano B. Gicana, Dvm, Ms | Jovencio Hubert A. Abalos, Dvm. Ms.

Discipline: Veterinary Medicine



The occurrence and management of uterine prolapse in a native Philippine pony mare after a normal delivery, which is an uncommon occurrence, are described. Examination of the uterus revealed that the body of the uterus was hanging out by about 0.3 m outside the vulva and that it was viable. Epidural anesthesia was administered and the uterus returned manually after thorough cleaning and reduction of edema by applying saturated salt solution. Oxytocin, tetanus antiserum and antibiotics were administered after the procedure however, retention sutures were not used as the uterus was completely returned to its normal position. The mare's recovery was uneventful. It is suspected that the prolapsed occurred possibly as the foal produced may have been larger than normal due to the reported larger size of the sire compared to the mare. Although signs of dystocia were not observed in this case, stretching and extreme relaxation of the reproductive tract during pregnancy and parturition may have occurred leading to eventual prolapse of the uterus.