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Vol. 9, Issue 1, Part Q (2024)

Exploratory laparotomy followed by hysterectomy in a German shepherd bitch due to fetal maceration

Author(s): Priyanka Narwade, B Balamurugan, Sanjay Kumar Ravi, Priya Ranjan Kumar and Rabindra Mohan Mishra
Abstract: A 3 years old German shepherd bitch was presented to the Veterinary Clinical Complex, Banaras Hindu University, Barkachha, Mirzapur with the history of sanguineous, foul smelling vaginal discharge since from last 2 days and inappetence, mating was carried around 45 days back. On Abdominal palpation fetus like mass was palpable and on Per-vaginal examination no any fetal part was palpable in vaginal passage. Trans-abdominal ultrasonography showed the presence of fetal skeleton, feeble heart beats in some fetuses and fluids in fetal sac but not in all. Some fetal sacs showed lack of fluids with no heart beats. Radiographic examination showed the presence of five fetuses. Further it was decided to perform exploratory laparotomy. The bitch was anaesthetized as per the standard protocols. Upon exploration of uterus three fetuses were found premature in the right uterine horn and two macerated fetuses were found in the left uterine horn. Post operative care was took for 5 days and Bitch was recovered uneventfully after the treatment. Fetal maceration in a bitch is a rare obstetrical condition however; it can be corrected by exploratory laparotomy.
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International Journal of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry
How to cite this article:
Priyanka Narwade, B Balamurugan, Sanjay Kumar Ravi, Priya Ranjan Kumar, Rabindra Mohan Mishra. Exploratory laparotomy followed by hysterectomy in a German shepherd bitch due to fetal maceration. Int J Vet Sci Anim Husbandry 2024;9(1):1239-1241.
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