What is ‘Joint Ill?’
Joint ill in foal’s is the common term used for a joint infection that is caused by bacteria or septic arthritis.
It usually affects foals that are less than a week old, although foals up to four months can also be affected.
Bacteria can enter the foal’s body through their navel, which is susceptible to infection until it is healed from the birthing process.
So monitoring your brand new foal closely for the first several months of life is a must.
If you notice anything wrong with your foal, contact your vet immediately.