Protracted induction of parturition enhances placental maturation, but does not influence incidence of placental retention in cows.

@article{Hartmann2013ProtractedIO,
  title={Protracted induction of parturition enhances placental maturation, but does not influence incidence of placental retention in cows.},
  author={Desiree Hartmann and Heinrich Bollwein and Aenne Honnens and Heiner Niemann and Detlef Rath and Christiane Pfarrer},
  journal={Theriogenology},
  year={2013},
  volume={80 3},
  pages={185-92}
}
As the etiopathology of retained placenta is still not resolved in cattle, we compared the effects of protracted induction of parturition (PIP) and conventional induction of parturition (SIP) on placental maturation and the occurrence of retained placenta. PIP was induced in 13 cows by administration of 1.3 mg dexamethasone im twice daily between Days 268 and 273 of gestation and 40 mg dexamethasone im on Day 274 of gestation. For SIP, 10 cows received a single injection of 40 mg dexamethasone… CONTINUE READING
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