Journal article

Calcium, parathyroid hormone, oxytocin and pH profiles in the whelping bitch

FK Hollinshead, DW Hanlon, RO Gilbert, JP Verstegen, N Krekeler, DH Volkmann

Theriogenology | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2010


Despite the high prevalence of primary uterine inertia in whelping bitches, the underlying pathogenesis remains unclear. The objectives were to i) determine serum concentrations of total calcium, ionized calcium (iCa), parathyroid hormone (PTH), and blood pH in normally whelping bitches throughout the peri-parturient period; and ii) investigate relationships among iCa, PTH, and acid-base status, and the role that they and oxytocin may have in the underlying pathogenesis of canine uterine inertia. Bitches were randomly selected from a population of German Shepherd Dog bitches with a history of uncomplicated parturition (Group 1; n=10), and from a population of Labrador bitches with a clinical..

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