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Dystocia in a cat due to an ectopic artery
  1. R. Stedile, DVM, MSc1,
  2. S. T. Oliveira, DVM, MSc, PhD2,
  3. M. de S. Muccillo, DVM, MSc1,
  4. E. A. Contesini, DVM, MSc, PhD1 and
  5. C. A. de C. Beck, DVM, MSc, PhD1
  1. Department of Animal Medicine, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Avenida Bento Gonçalves, 9090, Porto Alegre, RS, CEP 91540-000, Brazil
  2. Department of Veterinary Medicine, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Rua dos Funcionários, 1540, Curitiba, PR, CEP 80035-050, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Dr Oliveira, e-mail: tostesimone{at}

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DYSTOCIA in cats occurs in 3.3 to 5.8 per cent of all parturitions (Pretzer 2008) and is an important cause of stillbirth and early neonatal death (Gunn-Moore and Thrusfield 1995). Dystocia may be caused by maternal or fetal factors or, in some cases, a combination of both. Maternal factors include small pelvic size, abnormalities of the caudal reproductive tract, primary or secondary uterine inertia, malnutrition, parasitism, other abnormalities of the uterus and abnormal expulsion due to non-uterine causes (Pretzer 2008). This short communication describes an unusual case of dystocia in a queen due to an ectopic artery over the uterus.

An eight-year-old, primiparous female domestic shorthair cat …

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