Saturday, November 11, 2017

3188. Oxytocin in red-eared sliders and reptiles

Egg binding.
Oxytocin in combination with calcium (calcium glubionae).

1) Calcium glubionate  10-50 mg/kg IM as needed until calcium levels back to normal or egg binding is resolved. Oxytocin 1-10 IU/kg IM. Not as effective in lizards as in other species. Use care when giving multiple injectons.

2) To induce oviposition:
1-30 IU/kg. 10 IU/kg appears effective in many chelonians. May repeat in several hours, but risk of oviduct rutpure if cloacoa is obstructed* or eggs cannot pass for other reasons.

MONITORING
Uterine contractions, status of cervix
Fetal monitoring


CASE STUDIES
1.   A 10-year-old red-eared slider cannot lay eggs
Oxytocin 2 IU IM. Laid all 3 eggs within 4 hours.
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3zfw0oh99M







OXYTOCIN USAGE IN 2 RED-EARED SLIDER CASES IN TOA PAYOH VETS, SINGAPORE

Case 1,  Jan 9, 2019.  RES, F, 7 yrs. With oxytocin and calcium injections,
the 5 eggs were laid within 2 hours. Less suffering (restless, anorexia, vocalising)
 and worries for the owner as compared to natural birth in October 2018. .









 Case 1,  Oct 19, 2018.  RES, F, 7 yrs. Without oxytocin and calcium injections. Took
2-3 weeks to lay the eggs naturally. The owner prefers the injections as there is much to worry about the lethargy, restlessness and loss of appetite during the process of 2-3 weeks. . 







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*take X-rays

Egg binding







Impaction

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