Helping Pets and Breeding Dogs and Cats Through the Reproduction Process in Countryside
Whether you’re a pet owner suddenly faced with an unexpectedly pregnant pet, or are a licensed breeder in need of assistance, our veterinary team at Countryside Veterinary Center will be glad to help. The pregnancy of a dog or cat can either be an exciting time, a stressful time, or both, depending on the circumstances; nonetheless, we will be here to help you through it. We make it our mission to provide the highest quality of care in as many areas of veterinary medicine as possible, which is why we’re pleased to offer dog and cat reproductive services to our many clients.
Our Pet Reproductive Services
We offer a variety of services in the pet reproduction arena, which include:
- Pre-breeding exams to check for breed-specific physical abnormalities
- Pregnancy diagnoses (ultrasound)
- Ovulation timing
- Artificial insemination
- Progesterone level testing (with in-house progesterone machine)
- Semen shipping (do not currently offer semen storage)
- Litter evaluation
Progesterone testing is essentially the testing of the female’s progesterone levels to find out if they are high enough to sustain a pregnancy. This helps us determine when the female is going to ovulate, when the egg is fertile, and when to perform artificial insemination. We use our own in-house progesterone machine for this service.
How Artificial Insemination Works
When the female’s progesterone has reached appropriate levels and pregnancy is most viable, artificial insemination can take place. This procedure is especially useful if the male and female are at a considerable geographic distance from each other, or if the male or female (or both) show no interest in breeding. The semen is therefore collected from the male and kept in a chilled or frozen state until it is ready to be placed in the female with the aid of a catheter.
What to Do if Your Pet Becomes Pregnant
Accidental pregnancies can happen if your pet spends time outdoors and has not been spayed or neutered. We would be more than happy to help you care for your pet during this time, and provide you with the information you need to see them through the process. If you have questions or concerns about your pet or their litter, visit our animal hospital or call us at (708) 469-6050.