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Prolactin in Female Domestic Dogs: A Mini-Review

Gutierrez Rufo J1, Gazzano A1, Mariti C1

Corresponding Author: Mariti C, Veterinary Sciences - University of Pisa, Viale delle Piagge 2, 56124 Pisa, Italy, Tel: 0039-050-2216837;Email: [email protected] 1

Received Date: 14 Dec 2016
Accepted Date: 28 Dec 2016
Published Date: 02 Jan 2017

Copyright © 2017 Mariti C

Citation: Rufo JG, Gazzano A and Mariti C. (2017). Prolactin In Female Domestic Dogs: A Mini-Review. Mathews J Vet Sci. 2(1): 006.



Prolactin is a luteotrophic agent, acting from mid-luteal phase in both pregnant and non-pregnant animals. Its role in stimulating and maintaing the corpus luteum, allowing the gestation period to be maintained, as well as the role in preparing and maintaining lactation (in concert with estrogens, progesterone, corticosteroids, somatropin and insulin) in the bitch has been recognized. Prolactin seems to be also involved in ensuring maternal behaviour, including the preparations for delivery and the care of the litter thereafter.


Bitch; Dog; Estrus; Pregnancy; Prolactin.

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