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April 06, 2008

Foaling Kit Tips - Navel Dipping

This is the time of year when lots of new baby mules and donkeys are arriving.

While you are waiting for yours to be born, here's a little trick that my vet taught me last summer when my baby Maggie was born. You know the plastic tubes/covers that disposable syringes (without the needle) come in?


I don't remember what size the syringe was, but the tube was about 3" long and maybe 3/4" across in the narrower part. If you don't already have a few in your equine medical kit, I'm sure you can get them from your vet.

Remove the syringe and use one of these tubes for doing your navel dips. Store the dip solution (I used Nolvasan) in a different container, and use fresh solution each time you dip. Fill the tube with solution, and then dip the baby's navel in it. The tube is the perfect size, and was much easier than trying to use a small cup. Simply cradle baby in your arms, and raise the tube up under the baby's belly until the navel is completely submersed in the dip solution. You can use the same tube for each dipping for that particular foal, but be sure to use a new dip tube for each foal.

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Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at April 6, 2008 06:46 PM