Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Reproduction: parturition - induction

Contributor(s): William Ley, Graham Munroe, Simon Staempfli, Vetstream Ltd, Elaine Watson

Introduction

  • Foaling is a critical event in reproduction and most commonly occurs at night requiring labor intensive monitoring   Reproduction: foaling management  .
  • The lack of obvious signs of impending parturition and the rapid progression of stage 2 labor also makes dystocia difficult.
  • While induction of labor for convenience is generally unacceptable, the prediction of the time of foaling can assist management and reduce risks to the mare and foal.
  • There are also multiple clinical indications for induction.

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Indications

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Drugs used for induction

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Assessing fetal maturity

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Camillo F et al (2000) Clinical studies on daily low dose oxytocin in mares at term. Equine Vet J 32 (4), 307-310 PubMed.
  • Ley W B et al (1993) The sensitivity, specificity and predictive value of measuring calcium carbonate in mares' pre-partum mammary secretions. Theriogenology 40 (1), 189-192 PubMed.
  • Williams M A, Schmidt A R, Carleton C L et al (1992) Amniotic fluid analysis for ante-partum fetal assessment in the horse. Equine Vet J 24 (1), 236-238 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Ley W B (1992) Pre-foaling management of the mare and induction of parturition. In: Current Therapy in Equine Medicine III. W B Saunders, USA. pp 664-668.
  • Allen W E (1988) Fertility and Obstetrics in the Horse. Blackwell Scientific Publications.
  • Arthur G H, Noakes D E & Pearson H (1983) Veterinary Reproduction and Obstetrics. 4th edn. Balliere Tindall, UK.
  • Rossdale P D & Ricketts S W (1980) Equine Stud Farm Medicine. 2nd edn. Balliere Tindall, UK.


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