Won't Dry Up
Q Eight years ago my 23-year old mare had a foal and her milk has
never completely dried up. This has baffled my vet but he has always
told me not to worry about it. Recently she has been treated for
is that, if her milk won't dry up, she will get mastitis again.
Is there anything I can do or give her to help stop her milk?
sounds like a difficult problem and one that is probably related
to a hormonal imbalance of some kind. I suggest you discuss with
your vet the possibility of giving your mare treatment to stimulate
involve the use of progestogens or prostoglandins. Alternatively,
there are some herbal formulas that can either stimulate the production
of oestrogen or progesterone. You might consider phoning some herbal
companies to discover the possibilities.
is to try to use a product to increase water loss from the body
(a diuretic) while at the same time not giving her quite as much
to drink. This will have the effect of discouraging her from producing
milk and might work in conjunction with some form of hormonal therapy.
Nettle leaves are a good diuretic and could be used as a safe means
of encouraging water loss.
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