Retained Placenta in Cattle: Causes, Treatment and Prevention
Authors: Sonika Grewal1, Lamella Ojha1, Neha Sharma2, Nitin Raheja1, Aamrapali Bhimte1
1Ph.DScholar ICAR-NDRI, Karnal-132001, Haryana
2Ph.DScholar RAJUVAS, Bikaner, Rajasthan

The incidence and importance of retained placenta (RP) varies greatly around the world. Retention of fetal membranes (RFM), or retained placenta, usually is defined as failure to expel fetal membranes within 24 hr after parturition. A retained placenta doesn't expel within a normal time limit. Generally, expulsion of fetal membrane occurs within 3-8 hr after calving. Retention of fetal membranes in cattle can lead to many ill effects on animal that ultimately affect reproductive and productive performance. According to many studied placenta may retain for 8 to 48 hours postpartum or 12 to 24 hours. The majority of cattle (66% in one study) will pass the placenta within 6 hours after parturition. There are three main types of retained placenta following the vagina delivery: placenta adherence (when there is failed contraction of the myometrium behind the placenta), trapped placenta (a detached placenta trapped behind a closed cervix) and partial accreta (when there is a small area of accreta preventing detachment) (Weeks ,2008).Therefore, Understanding about the pathophysiology and causative factors of RFM is important for managing this problem. The hormonal processes that lead to normal placental separation are multifactorial and begin before parturition.


Prevention of retained placenta
Causes Prevention
Nutritional deficiency Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can impair general immunity. Vitamin E (DL -tocopherol acetate, 1100 IU) and Se (sodium selenite, 30 mg) by single I/M injection, at 3 week prepartum, is used as a prophylactic dose to avoid placental retention in cows (Gupta et al., 2005) and also maintenance of Ca:P ratio of 1.5:1.0 and P supplementation
Metabolic diseases Proper nutrition in peripartum period should be given to avoid metabolic diseases
Infectious diseases (Metritis or uterine infection) To avoid infection proper immunization against specific infections should be done
Managemental stress Transportation, rough handling, poor feed conditions results in elevated corticosteroids and increased risk of placental retention

Retained placentas associated with many negative effects on animal body. Predisposing factors for retention of placenta include infectious diseases, managemental system, nutrition, hereditary, hormonal, immunosuppression, twining, still birth, cow’s body weight, calves’ birth weight, age, and parity. Cow with retained placenta have so many reproductive problems like higher incidence of metritis, increased calving interval, infertility and lower conception rates. Antibiotics therapy, Hormonal treatment, Nutritional management and Proper immunization reduces the incidence of retained placenta. Therefore, It is necessary to prevent Causative Factors to avoid retained placenta.


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