Pre-breeding examination combines the use of many services including radiology (PennHIP and OFA), laboratory testing (thyroid, brucellosis), genetic testing (blood or cheek swabs) or referral to other specialists for eye and heart certification. A complete physical examination along with bloodwork and urinalysis may be indicated in some animals prior to breeding, especially older females or those that have had fertility issues.
Having a board certified reproductive specialist on staff allows us to offer state of the art reproductive procedures. Ovulation timing and a variety of insemination procedures (vaginal, transcervical or surgical) are offered and can be used with fresh, chilled or frozen semen. Our in house numerical progesterone lab results can be ready in about 90 minutes and guide decisions for inseminations and cesarean sections. Pregnancy determination and calculation of a bitch’s due date is routinely performed with ultrasound. High risk pregnancy monitoring is done with a combination of ultrasonography, hormone testing and uterine contraction monitoring via Whelpwise® (tocodynometry). Infertility workups are available and may include diagnostics such as ultrasonography, cultures and or biopsy of the uterus, endoscopy (using a camera to visualize the interior of the reproductive tract), hormone analysis, and radiography. We also offer after hours emergency services for bitches of current clients that are having difficulty whelping (dystocia) or develop certain diseases after whelping (mastitis or uterine infections)
Semen evaluation, chilling and shipment, and freezing services are offered. Semen export to international destinations is possible but requires additional testing. Infertility workups may include diagnostics such as semen evaluation and advanced semen testing (may need to be sent out to an outside lab), ultrasonography, cultures and or biopsy of the reproductive organs or fluids, hormone analysis, and radiography. Annual examination of the prostate is recommended in all intact males.
Neonatal care during the first 8 weeks of life is very different than that performed on older pets. Differences in physical examination parameters, blood values, drug dosages and responses to treatment are varied and must be considered in the very young patient.
Go to the Reproductive Revolutions website for more detailed information on reproductive procedures and diagnostics, as well as many informational handouts.