Published: 22 May 2017 | Last Updated: 22 May 2017 11:10:49

Newly published article - Canine dystocia in 50 UK first-opinion emergency-care veterinary practices: prevalence and risk factors.

Canine dystocia is a common presentation in emergency-care veterinary practice.  The objectives of this study were to report the prevalence of dystocia in an emergency-care caseload of entire female dogs and to use multivariable logistic regression to identify risk factors associated with the disorder.

Over the study period, 701 dystocia cases were recorded among 18,758 entire bitches, resulting in a dystocia prevalence of 3.7% (95% CI 3.5-4.0%).  Certain breeds of dog, including some brachycephalic and toy breeds, were at increased risk of dystocia compared to crossbred dogs.  Opportunities to improve this situation are discussed.

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O'Neill, D. G., O'Sullivan, A. M., Manson, E. A., Church, D. B., Boag, A. K., McGreevy, P. D. & Brodbelt, D. C. 2017. Canine dystocia in 50 UK first-opinion emergency-care veterinary practices: prevalence and risk factors. Veterinary Record.        

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