Animal Reproductive Health (Theriogenology)

This service is available at:
Bulger Veterinary Hospital

Newly born puppy nursing

Ensuring the health and safety of your breeding female and her new litter – from insemination to birth to nursing and beyond – is at the root of all of the services provided by the veterinary reproductive health team at Bulger Veterinary Hospital in North Andover.

While natural insemination and birth are ideal, neither is always the norm; every animal and every pregnancy is unique. Consider working with a team of medical professionals trained and skilled in all aspects of your cat or dog’s reproductive health when the time comes to breed them for the first, or even the last time.

What can I expect when I breed my female with the help of the Animal Reproductive Health team at Bulger?

Working with a veterinary team dedicated to the care of your breeding female, you can expect to receive tailored medical care every step of the way. Your pet’s next healthy litter is only a phone call away!

  • Full ER capabilities
  • Medical and surgical management of pyometra (canine and feline)
  • Pregnancy management (canine and feline)
  • During Breeding:
        o Soundness exams (canine and feline)
        o Ovulation timing in the canine
        o Complete semen analysis
        o Fresh, chilled, or frozen semen for canine artificial insemination
  • Medical and surgical management of dystocia (canine and feline)
  • Medical management of post-partum diseases in the bitch and queen
  • Medical management of the neonatal and pediatric care of the puppies and kittens
  • Post whelping management of bitch/queen and new litter:
        o PennHIP or OFA radiographs for hip dysplasia
  • Tail docking and dewclaw removal (when requested)
  • Laparoscopic ovariectomy/ovariohysterectomy (canine)

Your breeding female’s next healthy litter is only a phone call away – contact our team at 978.682.9905 to find out more about our pet reproduction services today.

Veterinary Reproductive Health at IVG

The IVG network of hospitals employs a team of highly-trained veterinarians who understand the complex nature of veterinary reproductive health. Consult with the experts at Bulger Veterinary Hospital and rest assured that your pets will be in great hands throughout the entire breeding process. For more detailed information about the animal reproductive health services we provide, check out the service lists below:

Breeding Soundness Exam

  • Physical Evaluation of female or male
  • Basic lab tests:
        o Urinalysis
  • Basic semen evaluation of male:
        o Motility
        o Morphology
        o Concentration
  • Vaginoscopy, vaginal cytology, +/- culture
  • Testing for brucellosis, a bacterial infection that can affect reproductive organs
  • Mycoplasma testing
  • OFA radiographs, PennHIP radiographs for potential hip dysplasia
  • Ophthalmologic clearance exams-CERF
  • Cardiovascular clearance exams-Echo

Breeding: Timing, Insemination & Infertility

Breeding timing for the bitch
  • Vaginal cytology
  • Vaginoscopy
  • Progesterone testing
Artificial insemination of the bitch
  • Fresh cooled or frozen semen warming and insemination of the bitch vaginally, surgically, or transcervically
  • Infertility problem-solving for both male and female dogs and cats.
Breeding timing solutions
  • Veterinary reproductive health diagnostics for the systems in the bitch and dog
  • Estrus induction plans

Pregnancy Management

  • Palpation (or manual inspection) at about day 20
  • Ultrasound at day 30
  • Radiographs at day 52 or later.
  • Nutrition consultation for bitch prior to and following delivery.
  • Dystocia management or scheduled C-section

Post Whelping Care

Post whelping management of the bitch/queen and the new litter.
  • Nutrition
  • Wellness care:
    • De-worming
    • Vaccination series
    • Physical Exam for all
Disease management:
  • Bitch/Queen:
        o Eclampsia, or post-partum blood calcium deficiency
        o Mastitis, or bacterial infection of the breasts
        o Pyometra, a uterine infection
        o Uterine prolapse
  • Puppies/kittens: (neonatal and pediatric problems)
        o Hypoglycemia
        o Congenital/developmental issues, including cleft palate
  • Tail docking and dewclaw removal.

Whether you are an experienced breeder or overseeing a pregnancy and new litter for the first time, our comprehensive theriogenology services can help – contact the team at Bulger Veterinary Hospital today.

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