Felis ISSN 2398-2950
Induction of parturition
Contributor(s): Prof Gary England, Rob Lofstedt, Carlos Pinto
- Practitioners are occasionally asked to induce parturition in cats.
- Although this is a common technique in farm animals, it is not routinely practiced in companion animals for two main reasons:
- The endocrinology of feline parturition is poorly understood. Protocols to safely induce parturition are limited.
- Feline neonates are relatively immature compared to neonates of other domestic animal species; thus, premature induction of parturition might lead to elevated incidents of neonatal morbidity and mortality.
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- Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
- García Mitacek M C, Stornelli M C, Praderio R et al (2012) Efficacy of cloprostenol or aglepristone at 21-22 and 35-38 days of gestation for pregnancy termination in queens. Reprod Domest Anim 47 (Suppl 6), 200-203 PubMed.
Other sources of information
- Christiansen I J (1984) Reproduction in the Dog and Cat. London: Bailliere Tindall, p 269. ISBN 0 7020 0918 0.