Canine Reproduction

Theriogenology/Reproductive Services

Thank you for choosing Dr. Jane Barber and our hospital to manage your breeding.  You can be assured our entire team will do all we can to make it as successful as possible.

A critical component of the breeding management process is the initial breeding soundness examination and consultation. In this appointment Dr. Barber will perform a thorough physical examination on your female and will discuss with you  all aspects of the breeding process,  to include the  type of breeding  being planned and  coordination of  semen shipments if required,  performing initial blood tests, dispensing of prenatal  supplements and the review of past breeding and familial  history.

Hormonal testing is necessary to determine accurate ovulation, breeding and whelping dates.  Progesterone testing must be conducted in adherence to Dr. Barber’s recommendations. ALL timing must be carried out to completion so that the ovulation date can be confirmed. Other hormonal assays, such as LH testing may be required.  If ovulation timing is to be performed elsewhere, we need to be involved from the initial test so that we are fully informed and can plan accordingly.  

Brucellosis testing is required each and every season a bitch is to be bred.

Theriogenology Services - Planning Your Breeding - What to Expect: Click here to read more.

Transcervical Insemination (TCI)

Transcervical Insemination is an innovative method of artificial

Insemination that uses specialized endoscopic equipment. The procedure is performed by placing a scope through the vulva vault and advanced to the cervix where the semen is then deposited into the uterus. Transcervical inseminations are typically performed in an awake, standing bitch. TCI’s may result in higher conception rates and litter sizes. TCI breeding’s are particularly indicated when using semen of suboptimal quality.

A Pyometra Success Story!  QTEE, a champion Cornish Rex female, contracted a very serious uterine infection.  She was hospitalized treated for a week here at Veterinary Specialties and eventually recovered nicely but her owner feared that her reproductive organs would be permanently damaged and render her unable to have kittens.  So it was a great day for celebration on August first of this year when QTEE delivered 7 healthy kittens!

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