Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?
Various types of medication are used for pregnancy termination (abortion) in female dogs. One type of medication (estradiol) needs to be given soon after mating to be effective, the other type of medication (aglepristone). may be given up to 45 days after mating. However, side effects such as loss of appetite, fœtal expulsion, and swelling of the mammary glands may be seen at the time of abortion in dogs treated more than 20 days after mating.
A partial abortion may occur in 5% of dogs. Your veterinarian may need to monitor your pet after treatment to check that the medication has worked and that pregnancy has been terminated.
Continual hormonal control of pregnancy may cause side effects in your pet. If your dog is not intended for breeding, think about having your pet spayed (sterilised, neutered).
How do I give this medication?
- Your veterinarian will administer this medicine to your pet by injection.
- A course of injections will be necessary.
Potential side effects
- Side effects include temporary pain and swelling at the injection site.
- Repeated use of these types of medication may result in an increased risk of your pet developing an infection in the uterus.
- This medicine does not cause abortion in a small percentage of dogs.
- After these types of medication your pet may come into season (heat) one to three months earlier than usual.
- Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Possible drug interactions
- Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet.
- Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
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