Management of Pregnant and Neonatal Dogs, Cats, and Exotic by Cheryl Lopate

By Cheryl Lopate

Management of Pregnant and Neonatal canine, Cats, and unique Pets is a entire but useful reference on small animal neonatology.  masking reproductive body structure of being pregnant and parturition, general neonatology, and neonatal problems in canine, cats, and small unique mammals, the publication offers targeted emphasis to fetal health and wellbeing, parturition, general actual parameters, behavior, common problems and defects,  emergency care, and orphan management. Information on nutritional and environmental issues for either the dam and offspring is integrated, in addition to guidance on providing suggestion to breeders supplying neonatal care at home.

Well illustrated all through, Management of Pregnant and Neonatal canine, Cats, and unique Pets is a whole source for the winning administration of pregnant and baby pets.  Veterinary practitioners, scholars, technicians, breeders all will locate the book’s how-to, clinically proper method of small animal neonatology invaluable.

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18 Management of Pregnant and Neonatal Dogs, Cats, and Exotic Pets Cats preferentially use protein as their primary energy source and can readily convert amino acids into glucose via gluconeogensis to meet the body’s energy requirements. The maintenance protein requirement of cats is unusually high when compared to other animals. Cats are sensitive to arginine, methionine, and cystine levels in their diets and have higher requirements for these amino acids when compared to other species. However, these amino acids are abundant in meat-based diets.

1 Body condition score (BCS) for cats. Ideal BCS is 5 out of 9. Source: Nestle Purina Petcare. 2 Calorie needs of cats per day during gestation/lactation. 1 216 330 546 270 412 683 324 495 819 432 660 1092 648 990 1638 Based on the calculation 60 calories/kg body weight/day. condition score before mating is preferable to either limiting food intake or providing excess energy during gestation. Poor nutrition may lead to failure to conceive, fetal malformations, and death or underweight kittens. Underweight queens at parturition may subsequently have poor lactation and lose significant body condition during lactation.

It has been postulated that relaxin may also be produced by the ovaries but this has not been conclusively demonstrated. Relaxin promotes relaxation of the pelvic ligaments, pelvic canal, and cervix in preparation for delivery. It may also have a role in promoting CL function either directly or indirectly via stimulation of prolactin production. Low levels of relaxin may be found in the bloodstream for up to 3–6 weeks postpartum during uterine involution since trophoblast cells and invasion may continue well beyond whelping.

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