Animal Reproduction Services
We are happy to offer reproductive services at our animal hospital in Old Town to help licensed pet breeders provide their canines and felines with the best care. Pet breeding requires enormous responsibility, and is essentially a full-time occupation. Our veterinary team will be glad to assist you in any way that is required to keep your animals healthy and safe—whether that involves pre-breeding examinations, litter evaluation, or artificial insemination.
Of course, our pet reproduction services are not limited to breeders. If you suspect that your pet might be pregnant, let us know! We can perform an ultrasound to confirm their pregnancy, and offer whatever advice you need to keep your pet comfortable. Once your pet has produced their litter, let us know so that we can schedule a health evaluation for mother and offspring.
What We Can Provide
With the reproductive services we offer, our hope is to be able to assist pet breeders through every stage of the breeding process so that every animal involved remains in the best possible health. These services include:
- Pre-breeding exams for males and females
- Progesterone level testing
- Artificial insemination
- Ultrasound for diagnosing pregnancies
- Ovulation timing
- Semen evaluation
- Litter evaluation
The parents of a prospective litter need to undergo a thorough pre-breeding health screen to check for hereditary problems that are particular to their breed. This can include checking their heart, eyes, elbows, hips, thyroid, and teeth. Hip dysplasia, heart disease, elbow dysplasia, cataracts, and other conditions could become a problem for the next litter if the parents are not properly screened. Hips and elbows must be X-rayed and sent to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for proper evaluation.
Artificial insemination involves extracting semen from the male, and placing it in the female via a vaginal scope and catheter. This procedure can be useful if the animals are problem breeders, meaning the male may show no interest in the female, or the female will not allow the male to mate. Animals with large geographical distances between them can also be bred, if the semen is kept chilled or frozen to preserve it over many miles of travel. The success rate of artificial insemination is not as high as that of natural mating, and smaller litters should be expected.