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Breeding problems for the future
  1. Suzanne Jarvis

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In a paper highlighted in this week’s Vet Record (p 409), a team of vets looked at cases of canine dystocia, its clinical management and outcomes.

The cases, over 700 of them, were seen in first-opinion emergency care practices in the UK. As with most studies, there were limitations, which are described, but it gives us a good starting point to look at how well – or otherwise – breeds are breeding.

Dystocia in dogs appears to be relatively common, with reported prevalence being around 4 to 5 per cent of entire bitches. It can also be serious, with reported mortality of over 20 per cent for puppies and 1 per cent for bitches.

The most common reason for dystocia is uterine inertia, but another common reason is …

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