Pet breeders and owners alike deserve to have access to the highest quality pet reproduction services, which we’re proud to offer here at our animal hospital in Orland Park. We do not recommend pet breeding unless you are fully licensed and plan to dedicate all of your time to managing pregnancies and taking care of your animals. Our veterinarians and support staff would be more than happy to assist you in keeping your animals safe and healthy, and be a reliable resource for whenever you have need of our services.
Our pet reproduction services are not limited to breeders, however. On a rare occasion, a family pet may become pregnant. In a case like this, we would be glad to help in any way we can to make the process easier for you and your pet.
Pet Reproduction Services We Provide
We’re pleased to accommodate pet breeders and pet owners alike with our services, which include:
- Pre-breeding exams (males and females)
- Ovulation timing
- Ultrasound for diagnosing pregnancies
- In-house progesterone testing
- Brucellosis testing
- OFA testing
- Artificial insemination
- Shipping semen
- Litter evaluation
If a male and female show no interest in mating, artificial insemination can be performed. Semen is collected from the male and placed in the female with the aid of a catheter. While artificial insemination does not have as high a success rate as natural mating, it is a viable alternative that we can provide.
For experienced breeders, a pre-breeding exam is standard procedure. Purebreds can develop abnormal physical conditions particular to their breed, so the breeder is responsible for checking for these abnormalities before breeding their animals. These can include the potential for heart disease, hip dysplasia, and luxating patella.
To determine the breeding schedule for a female dog, it is imperative to test their progesterone levels. This helps us predict when ovulation will occur, and can be done as early as five days into their heat cycle. Once their progesterone level has reached a certain point (about 2.5ng/ml), the breeding schedule can be established. Ideal progesterone levels for sustaining a pregnancy should be between 10 and 80 ng/ml.