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QUESTION
I have a clydesdale filly that was born 3 weeks early. She was born with a bag, and enlarged teats that are secreting something that looks like milk. I've never seen this on a newborn horse and our equine vet hasn't either. This is our first clydesdale foal, and I need to know if this is something unusual to the breed or if it is something we should be worrying about. Thanks!


ANSWER

The condition your filly has is sometimes referred to as "witch's milk" in the older literature. This phenomenon, which is occasionally observed in most all mammalian species, is due to elevations in lactogenic, or milk producing hormones, in the mare's milk crossing over into the fetal circulation. This condition is generally not associated with any problems and should resolve over time. It is observed in all breeds and isn't unique to Clydesdales.







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