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Review article2015Peer reviewedOpen access

Endocrine Disruptors in Domestic Animal Reproduction: A Clinical Issue?

Magnusson, Ulf; Persson, Sara


The objective of this review was to discuss whether endocrine disruption is a clinical concern in domestic animal reproduction. To that end, we firstly summarize the phenomenon of endocrine disruption, giving examples of the agents of concern and their effects on the mammalian reproductive system. Then there is a brief overview of the literature on endocrine disruptors and domestic animal reproduction. Finally, the clinical implications of endocrine disruptors on the reproductive system of farm animals as well as in dogs and cats arc discussed. It is concluded that the evidence for clinical cases of endocrine disruption by chemical pollutants is weak, whereas I or phytooestrogens, it is well established. However, there is concern that particular dogs and cats may be exposed to man-made endocrine disruptors.

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Reproduction in Domestic Animals
2015, Volume: 50, pages: 15-19 Publisher: WILEY-BLACKWELL