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2006
Volume 9
Issue 4
Topic:
Veterinary Medicine
ELECTRONIC
JOURNAL OF
POLISH
AGRICULTURAL
UNIVERSITIES
Mordak R. 2006. A PROTOTYPE INSTRUMENT AS AN AID IN THE MANUAL REMOVAL OF RETAINED PLACENTA IN COWS, EJPAU 9(4), #33.
Available Online: http://www.ejpau.media.pl/volume9/issue4/abs-33.html

A PROTOTYPE INSTRUMENT AS AN AID IN THE MANUAL REMOVAL OF RETAINED PLACENTA IN COWS

Ryszard Mordak
Department of Internal Medicine, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Poland

 

ABSTRACT



There are a wide range of procedures used in the treatment of retained placenta in cows. Manual removal of the placenta, while administering antibiotics, is still commonly used in local practices. When veterinarians decide to manually remove the fetal membranes, the most important task is to remove it gently in its entirety or, at least, as much as is feasible. Some cases of fetal membrane retention in cows may prove complicated even during the actual process of removal for a number of reasons. There may be a tearing of the membranes, and considerable portions, particularly those lying deeply within the uterus may literally be out of reach of the operating veterinary surgeon. For these cases of fetal membrane retention in cows a new instrument was devised. The aim of this study is to assess the practical use of the prototype instrument. The practical aspects, and values of selected parameters of reproduction were analyzed in 16 cows which were being treated for fetal retention and the results then compared with the mean results of the control group; cows in the same herd undergoing normal delivery. The instrument was shown to be useful in these cases. It allows for the detection and removal of the rest of these membranes from the deeper parts of the uterus. The value of mean parameters of fertility in tested cows was acceptable.

Key words: cows, placenta, retention, treatment.


Ryszard Mordak
Department of Internal Medicine,
Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Poland
pl. Grunwaldzki 47, 50-366 Wrocław, Poland
email: rymo@poczta.wp.pl

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