Animal Reproductive Services
Our team is pleased to work with reputable breeders to help them care for their animals and make the breeding process go smoothly. Breeding animals is a rigorous, full-time job, and we’re more than happy to offer our assistance wherever it’s needed. At Yorkville Animal Hospital, we can provide a number of important reproductive services to not only assist breeders, but also keep their animals as comfortable and as healthy as possible. These include:
- Artificial Insemination
- DNA Breed Testing
- Reproductive Consulting
- Progesterone Testing
To determine when the female will be most fertile and able to sustain a pregnancy, we need to assess her progesterone levels. We perform this test several days after the animal has entered their heat cycle, and can repeat the test every few days. Once the progesterone has reached optimal levels, we can help you establish a breeding schedule. Ovulation can occur when progesterone levels reach about 5 ng/ml.
Artificial insemination involves placing semen in the female via catheter when the male is absent. This procedure is particularly useful if both the male and female show no interest in mating, or if they live in different parts of the country.
With ultrasound, we can diagnose and monitor pregnancies by seeing inside the womb to determine the number and size of the puppies (or kittens). It can also help us determine whether a C-section will be necessary to keep the mother and her offspring safe.
Arrange for a Consultation
Our veterinarians will be more than happy to help you and your animals through the breeding process, and to answer any questions you have. We want nothing more than for your animals to be healthy and to produce healthy litters. Be sure to give us a call at (630) 882-6060 if you’re interested in any of our animal reproductive services.