Parturition Review Quiz
  1. Although the average gestation is 342 days, gestation length from 320 to 367 days is not unusual.

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False

  1. Some signs of impending parturition are: enlarged mammary gland with teats filled with milk, increase Ca in mammary secretion, and waxing.

True
False

  1. Increased relaxin during the final weeks of gestation causes relaxation of the cervix, and softening of the tail head and croup.

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False

  1. Most foalings occur from 10 pm to 2 am.

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False

  1. The foal controls the day of parturition, the mare controls the time of parturition.

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False

  1. The umbilicus should not be broken to allow the blood from the placenta to return to the foal

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False

  1. If the placenta is not delivered within 3 hours of birth, the veterinarian should be called.

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False

  1. The foal should nurse with 1 hour of birth. The foal's gut can absorb antibodies from the colostrum for 24 hours. Lack of nursing or lack of uptake of antibodies in the foal can be extemely dangerous.

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False

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