reproduction

Thinking about breeding? 

We are happy to answer your questions you may have about whether breeding your dog is right for you and your pet. This includes education about genetic conditions that can be passed on through breeding (think cardiac disease, hip and elbow dysplasia and other conformational abnormalities). Once the decision to breed is made, we offer breeding services for females and semen collection for males. We do not freeze or ship semen from our clinic. Breeding includes timing of ovulation (vaginal cytology and progesterone testing), collection of semen, and artificial insemination. We also perform artificial insemination with fresh cooled semen or frozen semen (surgical). Shipping arrangements for semen are made by the owner, storage of frozen semen is available at the clinic. 

If your dog has already been bred we also offer 30 day ultrasound evaluations to determine pregnancy or radiographs at 45 days or later. 

We also assist in whelping, and are skilled in caesarean sections for safe delivery of puppies when necessary.  

FAQ's

How long is gestation?

Typical gestation is 60 days from the end of heat or last breeding. If progesterone testing is performed we can accurately time from the LH surge or ovulation.

How do I know when she is going into labour?

We recommend taking a rectal temperature starting at day 55, when the average temperature drops by one full degree she is within 24 hours of giving birth. The first stage of labor involves nesting, your bitch will look for a quite area that is familiar (often a bedroom or closet) to give birth. It is advisable to set up a whelping box or area with blankets where she is comfortable for her to give birth. 

When do I call the vet?

We have a vet on call 24 hours a day.

If she has been in active labor for over 20 minutes (strong contractions) without any signs of a puppy.

If she has had a puppy or puppies and has gone more than 2 hours without having another.

If she is in extreme pain or discomfort. 

Bright red bloody discharge.

Can she eat the placenta?

Yes, however, eating placenta can cause diarrhea and they should not eat more than one or two. For the remaining pups tie off the umbilicus with string about one inch from the body wall and cut the placenta off. make sure to remove the sac immediately after the puppy is born if the mother does not do so.

Does she need special food?

Yes, we recommend starting her on a puppy food 2-3 weeks prior to whelping to help accommodate the extra nutrient requirements of the puppies. She will remain on puppy food for 4- 6 weeks after unless she is not lactating.

If there are any other questions or concerns please contact the clinic and speak to one of our veterinarians or veterinary technicians.