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Articles by Margaret V. Root Kustritz, DVM, PhD, DACT

Margaret V. Root Kustritz, DVM, PhD, DACT

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108

What's the significance of Mycoplasma species in the urogenital tract?
December 1, 2008

While there is some evidence of Mycoplasma species infection associated with vaginitis and pregnancy loss in bitches and poor semen quality in male dogs, studies have demonstrated that Mycoplasma species are as likely to be cultured in samples from healthy animals as they are to be cultured in samples from animals with reproductive tract disease.

Practical Matters: Vaginal cytology for ovulation timing: Not necessarily an accurate indicator
November 1, 2008

Veterinarians cannot identify an ovulation date or a bitch's fertility from vaginal cytology.

Vaginitis in dogs: A simple approach to a complex condition
October 1, 2008

Vaginitis, by its simplest definition, is inflammation of the vagina. But vaginitis is not a simple condition.

Practical Matters: Do not institute calcium supplementation during canine pregnancy
September 1, 2008

It is contraindicated. Here's why.

Practical Matters: Identifying dehydration in puppies and kittens
August 1, 2008

Pediatric dogs and cats dehydrate quickly with inappetence or illness, and assessing the hydration status of these animals is difficult.

Practical Matters: Vaginal cytology: Its value in detecting the cause of vulvar discharge
July 1, 2008

Vulvar discharge can be a diagnostic challenge because the inciting problem may arise from the urinary tract, uterus or uterine stump, or vagina.

Practical Matters: Carefully consider drug dosages in puppies and kittens
September 1, 2007

Little research has been done demonstrating the pharmacokinetics of drugs commonly administered to puppies and kittens or defining the safe and effective doses of these drugs. When considering giving a particular drug, you must think about pediatric physiology and the absorption, metabolism, and excretion of the chosen drug.

Practical Matters: Canine pregnancy diagnosis: serum relaxin or ultrasonography?
June 1, 2007

Serologic testing for pregnancy in bitches is complicated because of female dogs' normal endocrine physiology.

Practical Matters: Use lower doses of oxytocin for dystocia
March 1, 2007

Oxytocin is a pituitary hormone that causes strong, coordinated contractions of the estrogen-primed uterus during parturition. It may be used therapeutically to relieve nonobstructive dystocia in bitches.


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