Retained Placenta

Retained Placenta

By Debbie Cassidy

Labor for a Doe has 3 different stages. The first stage starts with myometrial contractions lasting from 2 to 12 hours. The Doe may leave the herd and act uncomfortable. She will appear restless and will lie down and make her bed. She may get up and down several times. She will urinate often as well. The second stage is the actual delivery of her kids. This is a fairly quick stage lasting about 1-2 hours. Does may delivery lying down or standing up. The third stage is when the Doe delivers the placenta. This normally occurs within2-3 hours. If the Doe has not delivered by 12 hours it is considered a retained placenta and she needs to be seen by the vet. A vaginal examination will determine if she has a retained placenta. Sometimes a goat will eat their placenta and breeders will think she never passed it. This is why it is always best to be present at the birth. If the vet determines she has a retained placenta, she will probably be given a shot of Oxytocin to encourage the passing of the placenta. At this point is also wise to give a tetanus shot and start her on Antibiotics. After the placenta is passed you will still notice a reddish-brown discharge lasting up to 3 weeks. This is normal.