A more targeted expertise can give your dog the extra edge it needs to produce the healthiest litter possible. Dr. Heidi provides reproductive expertise, cutting-edge techniques, and tailored service to give you optimal results.
Making sure your dog is healthy is one of the most important parts of planning prior to breeding. Infectious disease, such as Brucellosis and Canine Herpesvirus can adversely affect pregnancy and should always be tested prior to breeding. Endocrine screening may also be warranted for certain patients. Our clinic is also PennHip and OFA Certified, to check for hip and elbow dysplasia.
Various methods exist in tracking heat in the bitch and include vaginal cytology, vaginoscopy, and monitoring of progesterone and leutenizing hormone (LH) levels. Proper interpretation of these results is vital to properly time artificial insemination of fresh, chilled, and frozen semen.
Semen analysis may ensure fertility of young dogs or in mature dogs with an upcoming breeding that have not been tested in the past 30 days. Semen analysis may also aid in identifying causes of failed pregnancy in stud dogs that have missed one or more bitches, or in studs that are producing smaller than normal litters.
EPIDIDYMAL SPERM HARVEST
If your dog needs to be neutered, but you still would like to get more puppies out of your prized stud, we can help. Immediately after neutering, sperm can be harvested from the epididymis (a reproductive structure attached to the testicle) and stored indefinitely in our semen bank for future breedings.
Artificial insemination is a great alternative when natural breeding is not an option for your dog. Some dogs simply will not breed naturally, or may not get along with a potential mate. You may have also decided to match your dog with a mate that is in a far away location. We offer multiple methods of AI, including vaginal insemination and surgical insemination that can overcome many obstacles associated with natural breeding.
Following breeding, whether natural or AI, it can be difficult to tell if your dog has become pregnant. Multiple methods exist for diagnosing pregnancy. Hormonal screening is a valuable option for pregnancy diagnosis in the early staging of pregnancy. For later stages, imaging techniques, such as radiographs and/or ultrasound can not only help diagnose pregnancy, but also help to determine litter size.
When your dog is nearing the final stages of pregnancy, planning for a healthy delivery is crucial for the safety of both the bitch and her offspring. Some breeds have extreme difficulty with natural delivery, so planning ahead for surgical delivery can be extremely important to avoid a potential emergency. We provide extensive experience in both natural and surgical delivery.
Following birth, it is essential that puppies are supported properly to ensure survival and optimal health. Many complications can occur if puppies are not given the supportive care they need. In addition, it is important to ensure that all puppies can nurse properly and are examined for potential birth defects. We can help ensure that your puppies begin their lives on the right foot.
Large Animal Services: Available Upon request
While we are predominantly a small animal provider, our specialist can also provide large animal breeding services . Contact us today to find out more about our large animal services!