Breeding

Looking to improve conception rates in your breeding program?

We can assist you in determining the optimum time to breed your dogs to enhance the success of pregnancy. By taking a swab of the vaginal cells of the female dog, we can analyze the cells in order to calculate their stage of estrus. We can also perform a simple blood test to determine the luteinizing hormone (LH) surge and pinpoint the female’s fertile period. Additional tests, including a thyroid analysis, should be performed before estrus to rule out any potential problems or alert us to issues that need to be addressed before breeding.

After a successful timed breeding and pregnancy, the next step is planning for delivery of the litter. While most animals give birth without any complications, some occasionally need assistance with this step. We try to resolve the problem using medical therapy first, but when that doesn’t solve the issue, we will perform a caesarean section.

During a c-section, the mother is given an anesthetic. An incision is then made along her abdomen and through the uterus to retrieve unborn puppies or kittens. In some situations, we may recommend that the mother be spayed during this procedure, usually to prevent future problems of this nature.