Reproduction

Dr. Randall and staff provide a range of small animal reproductive services including  the following:

  • pre-breeding screening for infectious disease.
  • reproductive counseling.
  • artificial insemination, including surgical AI if appropriate.
  • semen collection and shipping.
  • pregnancy confirmation by blood testing or ultrasound.
  • Pre-whelping radiographs.
  • Whelping counseling and/or assistance if needed.
  • Cesarean section, if appropriate.

Following text authored by Joni Freshman, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Factors to Consider:

  • Will your dog contribute excellent health, temperament, working ability or conformity to the breed standard?
  • Do you understand that spaying and neutering will prevent some health problems that you risk by keeping your dog intact?
  • Are you aware of any and all health and temperament problems in your dog’s pedigree?
  • Are you willing to search for the best dog to breed your dog to, even if you have to travel out of state?
  • Do you have carefully screened buyers and deposits for all the puppies you may produce?
  • Do you have money set aside in case the dam or puppies need emergency care?
  • Can you or another responsible adult be present 24 hours a day for the first 3 weeks in case hand feeding is needed?
  • Have you read about what to prepare and expect for canine pregnancy, whelping and puppy rearing? (rec source: Canine Reproduction: A Breeder’s Guide 2nd Edition, Phyllis Holst)
  • Are you willing to keep and properly socialize all the puppies until good homes are found?
  • Are you willing to take back any or all puppies any time in their lives that they may no longer be wanted?
  • Are you willing to serve as a lifetime resource for the buyers of your puppies?

Pre-Breeding Procedures:

  • Annual CERF eye certification.
  • Wait until 2 years of age before breeding, then have OFA hip and elbow certification performed.
  • Have all breed-specific health clearances performed – check with veterinarian and national breed club (may include heart, thyroid, genetic testing, many others).
  • Have Brucella canis test performed 1 month in advance.
  • Have a complete physical examination performed on your dog prior to breeding.¬† This should include a digital vaginal exam to check for vaginal band/stricture.