Hydrops Rare, But Known Signs

Veterinarians can often go an entire career without seeing some types of cases.

They are described in textbooks and do occur, but mostly, we hope, in our colleges or in other practice areas.

Some such cases are very unusual, some are bizarre and some are just plain difficult to deal with. Hydrops of the fetal membranes of the horse is one such case. Hydrops is more commonly seen in cattle and, while it does occur in horses, many lucky practitioners can have busy careers without ever encountering this problem.


Heritable Birth Defects In Cattle

Inherited congenital anomalies are probably present in all breeds of cattle and propagated as a result of specific trait selection. In some breeds, the occurrence of inherited anomalies has become frequent, and economically important. Veterinarians, animal scientists, and cattle breeders should be aware of inherited defects, and be prepared to investigate and report animalsexhibiting abnormal phenotypes. This review will describe the morphologic characteristics,

Developmental Anomalies in Farm Animals (II. Defining Etiology)

Anomalous development is a function of the genetic make-up of the fetus and the environment in which it develops. The cause of anomalous development may occasionally be obvious but more often is obscure, because of its multifactorial nature. Therefore a methodological approach is often required to define the etiology. In this paper we describe a methodological approach that first defines the incident, the genotype of the individuals involved, and the environment in which the fetus has developed.


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