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Online Journal of Veterinary Research©
(Including Medical and Laboratory Research)
Volume 26 (4): 269-273, 2022.
Case report:Distocia due to long hair in a Persian queen.
Azari Omid1 (DVM, PhD), Akhtardanesh Baharak2 (DVM, PhD)
1Surgery, 2Small Animal Internal Medicine Departments of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Shahid Bahonar University, Kerman, Iran
Omid A, Baharak A., Case report:Distocia due to long hair in a Persian queen, Onl J Vet Res., 26 (4): 269-273, 2022. Distocia is rare in cats as expulsion of kitten is rapid, with short intervals between each fetus and parturition done within hours. Occasionally queens are unable to sever umbilical cords and kittens become entangled with dystocia varying 3 to 6%. A 3-year old Persian queen presented with 3 neonates hanging off the cats tail with umbilical cord twisted entangled with hairs on left tarsus of kittens with swelling. The queen had a normal parturition and delivered 4 neonates, 12 hours before referral. To resolve the case we cut the hair to release kittens and separated umbilical cords. During one week follow up, dry gangrene has occurred in distal extremity of the injured limb and consequently, amputation was performed from distal part of tibia. Our clinical findings suggest that long hair coats of queens could be a maternal life threatening which could be add to other risk factors for neonates' life.
Key Words: Persian cat, Neonates, Long hair