It was our turn to experience a "dummy foal syndrome" .
You all know that I am not a vet but a normal person like majority of you guys here. The only difference is because we breed more numbers, our chances of coming across breeding and foaling complications are higher.
So I will try to describe in plain words what we'been through with our "dummy" filly.
The mare started foaling at 4am, we went and pulled the filly out, she was a big foal (104 cm in withers). I ripped the bag off to free her nose as soon as we had a good grip on the front legs. We noticed that she wasn't in a hurry to get up, but a lot of big babies are slower than little ones. I always milk a mare when a foal is still on the ground to make sure it has enough colostrum to start with. I milked about 100 mls and managed to get it into the filly. When she got up at last ( 2 hours later) we noticed that she was drooling out of the mouth without a usual suckling reflex. Then she started purposelessly and randomly wandering around bumping into everything. We thought she might be blind. We had to confine her and the mare in the stall. Then she started fitting and convulsing, we realised that we had to take her to the vets asap and we went to Murdoch.
If any of you in future see these signs, you should take a foal to Murdoch as soon as possible.
What happens with dummy foals that their brain and organs get deprived of oxygen during birth and it causes them to shut down. One of the most important things is to prevent them from seizures. Otherwise they keep on convulsing, the temperature rises and they cook their brain. We had valium on hand but in a tablet form, so it was no way we could administer it to the foal that doesn't suckle or swallow.
We managed to get her to Murdoch within 12 hours from birth. It is of a vital importance not to leave it any longer.
The Murdoch vets put her on oxygen straight away, administered the drug that stopped her from seizuring, she is on fluids to prevent from dehidrating, on plasma transfusions and antibiotics for prevention of infections, So the poor girl is in 24 hour intensive care. We don't know if she pulls through or not but we gave her the best chance to survive (as we always do with our animals).
I don't know if there would be any complications further on, she is the first foal with a "dummy syndrome" we have ever had. But as I say there is always a first time for everything, this year it was our turn.
Keep your fingers crossed for her.