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Dystocia in Blackbucks (Antilope cervicapra)
Hasan Riaz, Nasim Ahmad* and Muhammad Aleem
Department of Theriogenology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan
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Four blackbucks, 4-6 years of age were handled for dystocia with a history of straining and without successful delivery. Clinical examination revealed normal vital parameters, partially opened cervix and dry birth canal. Water bags were ruptured in all cases. In three out of four cases (75%), the fetus was extracted out using standard obstetrical operations; however, one fetus (25%) was taken out using fetotomy. All fetuses were dead after assisted delivery. Three out of four (75%) dams were found active and behaved normally after delivery, however, one dam (25%) died soon after obstetrical procedure. It was concluded that dystocia in blackbucks can be effectively handled on similar lines as in caprines and timely veterinary assistance is required in order to save the newborns.

Key words: Blackbuck, Dystocia, Fetotomy, Forced extraction, Inbreeding


ISSN 0253-8318 (Print)
ISSN 2074-7764 (Online)