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Canine Progesterone is the most important hormone in female dog reproduction. It is easy to test for and can be used to look at ovulation & labor timing and other cyclical abnormalities. In order to interpret results one needs to be aware of the unique pattern of progesterone secretion in the bitch.
Brucellosis is an important venereal disease in many species. It does not usually come up in pet ownership because most pet dogs are not bred. Once someone decides to breed their dog, though, they should know all about this disease, particularly since it can be transmitted to humans.
Brucellosis can be contracted sexually but it can also be contracted by inhalation (sniffing contaminated urine or fetal membranes), through the eyes, or orally (licking contaminated urine or urogenital secretions or chewing up fetal membranes). Urine and saliva from an infected dog are not nearly as rife with organism as urogenital secretions; it is when breeding and/or whelping is in the picture that the transmission risk becomes high.
When a female dog aborts a pregnancy because of a Brucella infection, she continues to secrete fluids packed with Brucella bacteria for four to six weeks.
Most of the time, the only sign is aborted pregnancy between the 45th and 59th day of pregnancy (relatively late in the pregnancy). Classically, the aborted pups appear to have died at least several days prior to abortion as they do not look freshly dead. Abortion does not always appear in this most common form, though. Sometimes, the pregnancy is lost so early in its course that the problem is mistaken for infertility. Sometimes puppies are stillborn. Sometimes they are born live and infected.
First of all, the infected dog must be removed from the breeding program (spayed, neutered) and isolated from any animals to be used for breeding. Ideally the dog would be permanently isolated from all other dogs so as not to transmit the infection at all. The dog can remain as a pet but probably should not be sold due to potential health risks. For pet dogs, a course of antibiotics can be given but since this bacterium is so good at hiding inside the host’s cells, you can never assume it is ever truly gone.
Screening should be done every 3- 6 months within active breeding kennels. Especially if using outside kennel sires/bitches. If the test comes out negative, the dog can be considered negative. If the test comes out positive, further testing is needed to confirm. This test is available at AcuVetDoc.
Checking progesterone levels toward the end of pregnancy will better prepare you for labor. Progesterone drops the closer labor is...for those undergoing natural birth or preparing for a c-section this hormone drop signals the body to start the process of delivery. Preparation is key?
Think Whole Foods. Vanilla Cabot greek yogurt given between birthing of puppies will facilitate the body to have calcium available for adequate muscle contraction as well as provide sugar needed to " keep going". Given throughout the nursing phase is also helpful in decreasing the chances of low calcium which can cause seizures ( eclampsia).
AI have found with out litters that Goats milk is more gentle on their stomachs. It doesn't cause constipation or diarrhea as some of the puppy replacers do. It is the most similar to canine milk versus a dry powder you have to add water to.
Puppies burn up a ton of calories and sometimes don't nurse as well as we want them to, or think they do. Having Karyo syrup on hand can boost blood sugar and stimulate weak puppies to nurse again. When blood sugar drops, this can be a medical emergency. A small amount on your finger and rubbed on the gums may be all you need. Often times it is also mixed with any supplemental feedings or drizzled on top of solid foods while weaning to stimulate interest.
Known for its smell of maple syrup, this is an Hern readily available at most pharmacies or vitamin shops. It has been used in humans and animals given to the mother to stimulate milk production.
Puppies and mom kept in a separate area free of drafts and kept warm are often times kept in the dark at night. A blue light bulb can be used to illuminate the room so if you need to enter, you are not flipping on a light switch that turns on a white light. Any white light can be distracting and has been shown in studies to alter sleep in people and animals..which in turn can alter growth and health. A blue light has a calming affect and can be kept on thru the night; it also does not have the same harmful affects as a white light.
Our goal Is to provide you as the breeder vital information as you need it and when you need it. Progesterone levels are an integral part of any breeding program.
We offer Affordable Canine Progesterone Packages and are available 7 days a week by appointment.
We are a team of veterinarians and breeders that have over 30 years experience. Our own breeding programs have produced multiple National Specialty winners , Best in Show at Nationals as well as Best of Breed at Westminster...we understand the dedication and hard work that is involved with breeding as well as the importance of precise timing when it comes to breeding, labor timing and pregnancy confirmation.
Progesterone Testing & Results
To determine the days of mating two factors have to be considered: ovulation and maturation.
For Labor Timing
Some will rely on temperature changes, although somewhat useful especially in smaller and medium-sized dogs. The temperature will fluctuate slightly in the last week.
The drop is not always so marked in larger dogs. The change in body temperature is caused by the drop in plasma progesterone.
Plasma progesterone levels decline to <2 ng/ml 24 hours before labor begins
We will provide you with reference ranges to coordinate Breeding & Labor Timing with Progesterone Levels
The values and information provided are veterinary reference materials and you as the breeder can make your own determination as to how you use this information within your breeding program. We do not guarantee pregnancy as there are many other variables that are associated (sperm viability, ova viability, bitch/sire health status, husbandry etc).
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