Journal article

Failure of hCG to support luteal function in bitches after estrus induction using deslorelin implants

DH Volkmann, MA Kutzler, R Wheeler, N Krekeler, J Klewitz, SV Lamb

Theriogenology | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2006

Abstract

Induction of estrus with deslorelin implants was followed by abortions in bitches that conceived during the induced estrus. Lowering the deslorelin dose and choosing a better implantation site prevented the abortions. This study investigated the hypothesis that induction of estrus with deslorelin is followed by reduced serum progesterone concentrations (SPC) during the ensuing diestrus. Assuming that reduced luteal function resulted from reduced LH secretion due to hypophyseal down-regulation of GnRH receptors, the effect of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) treatment on the SPC of diestrous bitches was also investigated. In Experiment 1, 10 spontaneously cycling bitches served as controls,..

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