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Risk Factors for Septicemia in Foals

Risk Factors for Septicemia in Foals

  • Difficult birth

  • Failure to receive an adequate quality and quantity of colostral antibodies

  • Gestational age of the foal (prematurity)

  • Poor health and condition of the dam

  • Presence of new disease-causing agents in the environment against which the mare has no antibodies

  • Unsanitary environmental conditions