The ultrasound and reproductive medical services available at Block House Creek Animal Hospital may be useful to pet owners for a variety of reasons. As a pet owner, you may be considering breeding your pet. Some owners enjoy the companionship of their pets and would like to carry on the bloodline and/or keep a puppy. Other owners may have acquired an animal with the intention of breeding when they come of age. No matter the reason, there are a number of important aspects to consider before starting the breeding process.
Ultrasound in Cedar Park, Texas
Our staff at Block House Creek Animal Hospital are a wealth of information and are here to help you to be as informed as possible about your pet’s breeding health and the steps involved in beginning a breeding program. Whether you are a seasoned breeder or a novice, we will guide you through every step of the process-- from conception to delivery of a healthy, happy litter. We have the top pet ultrasound services in Cedar Park, Texas.
Here is an overview of our general process:
Pre-Breeding Examination: This general examination assesses the overall health of your animal to determine whether he or she is healthy enough for breeding. If there have been any prior breeding difficulties, we can investigate the cause during this examination.
Progesterone Testing: Progesterone is a hormone that helps prepare the uterus for pregnancy. Rising levels indicate that ovulation is about to take place. We can monitor your pet’s progesterone levels to determine when she is ready for insemination.
Collection and Evaluation of Semen: Our team will collect semen for evaluation and insemination. The evaluation is especially important for dogs breeding for the first time or for the first time in several months. We look for sperm viability, morphology, and motility.
Artificial Insemination and Implantation: Once a healthy semen sample has been obtained, we can artificially inseminate the female. We can do this with either chilled, fresh semen or frozen semen, which is surgically implanted in the female at the optimal stage in her cycle.
Pregnancy Monitoring, Including Ultrasound: After insemination, our vets will test your animal for pregnancy. Our first step is to confirm the pregnancy through blood work. We will then monitor the pregnancy using ultrasound to detect the size of the litter, fetal heart rates, and any sac abnormalities. Ultrasound is a noninvasive procedure that will give you peace of mind without disturbing your pet.
Caesarean sections: When necessary, either because of the animal breed, litter size, or extended labor, our vets will choose to perform a Caesarean section. For either a planned or emergency surgery, our vets will do their best to ensure a safe delivery and healthy patients.
Follow-up Care: After delivery, our vets are available to support your animals as they recover. While many mothers have healthy recoveries, complications can take place. Infections of the uterus and milk supply interruptions can occur, but with careful observation and monitoring we can detect and treat them early.
Please call Block House Creek Animal Hospital to make an appointment today to embark on your own successful and safe breeding program.