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Retained Afterbirth in Dogs

 

Treatment

 

Oxytocin may be administered in an attempt to pass the retained placenta and calcium gluconate may be administered prior to the injection of oxytocin. If medical treatment with oxytocin is unsuccessful, surgery to remove the retained placenta from the uterus may be necessary. Ovariohysterectomy (spay) may be recommended if your dog is not to be bred again.

 

Acute metritis (inflammation of the uterus) may develop if the placenta is not passed/removed and may need to be treated as well.

 

 
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