We have a number of breeding services available to you, including:
Hormone Level Assessment
Whether you allow your breeding female to conceive naturally or through artificial insemination, you know that timing is everything. Our doctors can help you determine the optimum time to breed your dams through vaginal cytology, sperm analysis and progesterone assays. We can also collect your male and artificially inseminate your female. We encourage you to book a consultation with our doctors to discuss a breeding plan.
Examination of vaginal cells and sperm
From vaginal cytology we can determine what stage of estrous your female is in and tell you when the optimum time is to breed her. We will carefully collect cells from the vagina using a cotton-tip swab and make slides to examine under the microscope.
Timing of breeding is greatly enhanced when vaginal cytology is paired with Progesterone Assays. These blood tests help identify ovulation.
It is important to assess sperm for motility (movement/swimming), morphology (appearance) and concentration (numbers). Abnormalities in any of these 3 areas can result in poor fertility and in turn poor conception rates. We can collect sperm from your breeding male dog and examine it under the microscope for deficiencies.
When the time is right, we can gently and safely collect sperm from your stud dog and quickly and efficiently inseminate your female. This will help improve conception rate and potentially litter size.
Thyroid Hormone Testing
An under-active thyroid gland can lead to poor libido and fertility. Thyroid hormone blood testing can make you aware of hormone deficiencies which can affect many aspects of breeding. Deficiencies are typically corrected with an oral medication well in advance of breeding times.
Most litters are born without assistance however if a female dog or cat is having problems giving birth, we can help. In some cases, manipulation of a fetus in the birth canal or the administration of drugs such as oxytocin is all that is required to help your pet give birth. When these measures aren't sufficient, we can surgically remove the fetuses from the uterus via a C-section. Dr. Lambourne and Dr. Wolter have performed numerous C-sections on a variety of mixed and purebred dogs and cats.
Please call or make an appointment if you require assistance with any aspect of breeding.