Canine reproduction is not as straightforward as many believe. Much like human reproduction, a number of ideal circumstances are integral for your dog to conceive and give birth successfully. Our staff at Safe Harbor Animal Hospital can help you understand canine reproduction better including how to take care of your dog during cycles, mating, pregnancy, and birthing.
Because reproductive functions vary greatly from breed to breed, it is important that a veterinarian examines your dog. We can help you better understand your dog’s cycles and mating times, as well as what to expect if your pet should become pregnant.
Are there any tests to determine the optimal time to mate your dog?
Yes. There are two simple tests that your vet can perform.
Vaginal smear test - A simple examination of vaginal cells detects changes in cell character and number. This test has been used for many years by veterinarians and is very reliable. It is non-invasive and does not cause discomfort for the female. These tests are typically performed over several days to observe changes in the cells that predict ovulation and the best time for breeding.
Serum progesterone test - This measures the progesterone level in the blood. This test is quite sensitive and has become popular due to its accuracy. Some pets will require several tests to predict ovulation.
Both tests can be performed at Safe Harbor Animal Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. The serum progesterone test gives a clear indication of when mating is most likely to be successful and is useful for females that have a history of unsuccessful mating.
What can you do to ensure mating is successful?
The time of mating is extremely critical, and it is highly recommended that you have tested your female to determine the optimal days for breeding. For most females, the best time for breeding is between the tenth and fourteenth day of oestrus. However, some females ovulate as early as the third or fourth day or as late as the eighteenth day. Blood tests will assist in determining the best period for your dog.
Please contact Safe Harbor Animal Hospital today, for any questions or to make an appointment with our vets regarding canine reproduction,! We are located in Pensacola, Florida.