General information on Uterine Inertia
Uterine Inertia is a cause of ineffective labor. There are two types of uterine inertia. The first type of uterine inertia is primary uterine inertia. Primary uterine inertia is either the failure to go into labor within the appropriate amount of time after ovulation or the failure to go from one stage of labor to the next within a twenty-four hour time span. Some of the cause of primary uterine inertia may be a small litter, a larger litter, stress, or hypocalcemia. The second type of uterine inertia is secondary uterine inertia. Secondary uterine inertia is muscle fatigue of the uterus causing the uterus to be too fatigued to continue with the labor itself. A cause of secondary uterine inertia may be prolonged straining during the labor from it simply taking too long. Large dog breeds seem to be primarily affected by uterine inertia. It is important to call a veterinarian as soon as uterine inertia is suspected.
Symptoms of Uterine Inertia
Some of the symptoms of uterine inertia may be: the dog does not go into labor after the approximate sixty-five days or the failure to go from one stage of labor to the next.
Treatments for Uterine Inertia
The treatment for the uterine inertia is dependent of the type of uterine inertia. In cases of primary uterine inertia, the treatment is dependent on the cause. For a large litter, blockage, or for postmaturity, a cesarean section may be recommended. Should the cause of the primary uterine inertia be hypocalcemia, then calcium may be given prior. Should the cervix already be dilated, then oxytocin may be administered by a veterinarian. In cases of secondary uterine inertia, the treatment is typically a cesarean section.
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