I would like some advice in regards to the proper dosage rate for oxytocin in sows, at present here in Russia our manufacturers recommend 2-3ml/sow of oxytocin 10iu, worked in the swine industry for many years i find this dosage far too high, i would prefer using 0.5-1.0ml/sow, we are experiencing an increase of stillbirths which i put down to the russian dosage rate. I would appreciate your views. Regards, Anthony CJ Rollason Bsc, Bvm.
Two thoughts come to mind on this topic. 1. we need to be very clear whether we are talking about oxytocin as an obstetrical tool or as part of a farrowing induction protocol. In this case it sounds like you are focused on the former. 2. as an obstetrical tool don't forget that the sow still has the ability to release oxytocin with proper stimulation. Massaging of the udders will often cause the sow to roll onto her side and initiates an endogenous oxytocin release. I find this approach prior to resorting to injections is prudent. Tim