An ELISA kit for measuring plasma progesterone in bitches was investigated to determine its potential as an assay for rabbit progesterone. The results suggest that the kit can be used for the qualitative assessment of rabbit progesterone, either in plasma or whole blood. Pregnant and pseudopregnant rabbits can be differentiated accurately at day 19 which is reported to be the optimum time to remate pseudopregnant females. The fact that whole blood can be used instead of plasma offers considerable potential benefit to rabbit breeders.
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