Anticipation of estrus by the use of bromocriptine (Parlodel 2.5 mg) in Atlas Shepherd bitch: cytological and echographic follow-up

  • Khaled Mabrouk SlimaniEmail author
  • Abdellatif Niar
Original Article


Eleven Atlas Shepherd bitches of 4 years old, weighing between 15 and 16 kg who had an end stage of metestrus, have received treatment with bromocriptine, available in medicine human (Parlodel® 2.5 mg breakable tablet box of 30 tablets) orally to anticipate estrus. The dosage adapted for the bitches was 20 μg/kg body weight corresponding to 0.02 mg/kg twice daily. The return of heat was detected by clinical detection of vulvar losses and confirmed by the reading of vaginal smear and the ultrasound of the ovary to the canine clinical pathology of Veterinary Institute Ibn Khaldoun University of Tiaret between March 2016 and January 2017. All the bitches selected for this study were in good health and did not show any genital infection or pathology of their ovaries during their clinical examination. The aim of this study is to see if bromocriptine can be used to anticipate a return to heat outside its usual indication for the treatment of late anestrus in dogs.


Heat Ovulation Bitches Ultrasound Induction 



My thanks are addressed to the assistants of Canine clinical Pathology, Institute of Veterinary Sciences, University Ibn Khaldoun, for their contribution to realize this work.

The material necessary for its realization was provided by the Institute of Veterinary Sciences, University Ibn Khaldoun of Tiaret; the animals concerned by this study belong to the kennel of the institute of veterinary sciences.

Compliance with ethical standards

This article represents part of a doctoral study on reproduction in Atlas Shepherd dog, carried out at the Institute of Veterinary Sciences of Tiaret. Algeria. This work concerns the bitch Shepherd of the Atlas whose breeding profile is poorly understood due to the lack of information regarding the breeding profile in this breed. So this study has made it possible to obtain interesting data in this breed of dog.

This research work is approved and validated by the Scientific Committee of the Faculty of Sciences of Nature and Life University Mustapha Stambouli of Mascara, Algeria and recorded under the number, 12/FSNV/2014.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Canine clinical Pathology, Institute of Veterinary SciencesUniversity Ibn KhaldounTiaretAlgeria
  2. 2.Laboratory of Animal Reproduction, Institute of Veterinary SciencesIbn Khaldoun UniversityTiaretAlgeria

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