Scheduling a pre-breeding office visit prior to your bitches expected estrous cycle allows our veterinarian proper timing to run diagnostics testing and treatments that may make all the difference in producing a litter of live healthy puppies.
What to Expect
Rose City Veterinary Hospital encourages that both stud and breeding bitch receive a pre-breeding office visit. Although this visit is mandatory for patients receiving ovulation timing, diagnostics or artificial insemination we encourage that both breeding parties be seen. Scheduling a pre-breeding office visit prior to your bitches expected estrous cycle allows our veterinarian proper timing to run diagnostics testing and treatments that may make all the difference in producing a litter of live healthy puppies.
All bitches need to be examined by a doctor so that you can discuss your breeding plan, i.e. semen type, history, what type of breeding etc. This is the best time to ask any questions that you may have. The doctor will also discuss any testing that may need to be performed i.e. brucellosis, OFA x-rays, vaginal cultures or thyroid testing. We recommend that you schedule your pre-breeding exam for a time just prior to when you expect your bitch to come into season.
Please feel free to contact one of our reproductive assistants at any time. They are very knowledgeable and can answer most of your questions regarding your breeding at no charge. If you would prefer to have a telephone consultation with one of our doctors, we can set up a 15 minute telephone consultation for a $35 fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
What clearances should both stud and bitch have prior to breeding?
The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) at <a href=”https://www.caninehealthinfo.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-source-type=”external-link”>www.Caninehealthinfo.org</a> List testing that is recommended by each breed’s parent club. It is important to research breed specific testing prior to your bitch coming into estrus as some test may take 6 to 8 weeks for results.
What can I expect during a pre-breeding office visit?
During a pre-breeding office visit our veterinary team will start by taking your pets vital signs. Our staff and veterinarians will ask for a complete history and perform a comprehensive examination of your pet from head to tail. During this visit you will discuss your pets breeding history, options for ovulation timing and additional testing such as brucellosis, thyroid, semen evaluation and cultures may be recommended. During this visit we hope to address any questions you may have and tailor a breeding plan to meet your pets reproductive needs.
What should I bring to my visit?
It is important to bring any previous medical records, including general health, reproductive and vaccination history. For pets that have been bred previously, ovulation timing, semen evaluations and breeding dates are very helpful. If genetic or diagnostic testing is required such as PennHIP or OFA a copy of the AKC or kennel club registration is needed at the time of service.
What Can be done if abnormalities are found during the pre-breeding consult?
Depending on the findings; some patients require further diagnostics or treatment.