Reproductive Services

Looking to improve your breeding program, whether it be with pets or livestock, we can help facilitate the process. We can advise you on proper nutrition, timelines for vaccinations and parasite prevention for both the dam and neonates, as well as assisting with delivery.

Reproduction Planning

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Looking to improve conception rates in your breeding program, whether it be small animals or large animals?

We can perform vaginal cytology on female dogs to calculate the stage of estrus. This method involves taking a swab of the vaginal cells and analyzing them under a microscope. Usually more than one swab is required. Another method we can use is to perform a simple blood test to determine the luteinizing hormone (LH) surge and pinpoint the dog’s fertile period.

Additional tests, including a thyroid analysis, should be performed on your dog before estrus. These tests can rule out any potential problems or alert you to issues that need to be addressed before breeding.

To confirm pregnancy in canine and feline patients, we recommend an ultrasound at about 50 days pregnant to allow you to prepare for an approximate number of neonates to expect.

For large animals such as cattle and horses we can perform ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis. We can also assist you in synchronizing your breeding program.

Please call and set up an appointment with one of our veterinarians to discuss how we can further assist you with your breeding program.

Vaginal Cytology

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We can perform vaginal cytology on female dogs to help determine the optimum time to breed and enhance the success of pregnancy. To do so, we take a swab of the vaginal cells and analyze them under a microscope. Usually more than one swab is required.

Additional tests, including a thyroid analysis, should be performed on your dog before her estrus cycle. These tests can rule out any potential problems or alert you to issues that need to be addressed before breeding.

Please call and set up an appointment with one of our veterinarians to discuss how we can further assist you with your breeding program.

Caesarian Section

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Most animals give birth without any complications. However, mothers occasionally need help with delivery. We usually attempt to resolve the problem using medical therapy first, but when that doesn’t solve the issue, we will perform a caesarian section.

During a c-section, the mother is given an anesthetic. An incision is then made along her abdomen and through the uterus to retrieve unborn puppies or kittens. In some situations, we may recommend that the mother be spayed during this procedure, usually to prevent future problems of this nature.

A similar process happens with our bovine patients, where one of our veterinarians will try to assist in delivery using palpation. If that is unsuccessful due to complications we are equipped to perform a caesarean section and do our best to provide you with a live birth. Planning your breeding according to birth weights and calving ease can make this stressful time in a ranchers life a little easier, nutrition during the final trimester also plays a large role in prevention of dystocia.