SUCCESSFUL MANAGEMENT OF A CASE OF PREGNANCY FAILURE IN A DEGU (OCTODON DEGUS)

Elisabetta Mancinelli*, Kevin Eatwell, Anna Meredith

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Abstract

A 3-month-old female degu (Octodon degus) was presented because blood was noticed in its cage. On physical examination, firm masses were palpable within the caudal abdomen and traces of blood appeared to be coming from the patient's vaginal opening. Radiographic images showed areas of ill-defined mineralization within the uterus, consistent with fetus formation. Three fetuses could be identified. Ultrasound examination of the degu failed to confirm viable fetal heartbeats. Pregnancy failure with fetal death was suspected. Overnight 1 fetus was passed, but medical therapy with oxytocin failed to induce delivery of the 2 remaining fetuses by the following morning. The degu was therefore anesthetized, an ovariohysterectomy was performed, and the patient made an uncomplicated recovery. Histopathological examination of the fetuses failed to identify any abnormalities. In the uterus, histology confirmed a minimal to mild diffuse, chronic active endometritis. The definitive cause of fetal death was not identified. Copyright (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-300
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of exotic pet medicine
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

Keywords

  • degu
  • dystocia
  • pregnancy failure
  • surgery
  • RODENTS

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