Foals are born without immune protection. Colostrum contains IgG-type antibodies critical for the survival of a newborn foal. Poor colostrum quality, limited quantity of colostrum, or inability of a newborn foal to suckle all may result in failure of passive transfer. Supplementation of colostrumto a foal by the passage of a naso-gastric tube may be indicated. The source of colostrum may be the foal's dam or thawed colostrum from a frozen colostrum bank. This chapter discusses the step by step procedure to perform the colostral administration via naso-gastric intubation with an illustration, and the equipment and supplies needed. It also discusses the necessary conditions to be followed while performing the colostral administration via naso-gastric intubation.
- Colostral administration
- Naso-gastric intubation