The breeding and mating of two animals (dog breeding) is an entirely natural experience that occurs across all species and sub-species. Denying your pet at least one litter is not something that is recommended by Mother Nature. However, this does not mean you should go ahead and breed your pet right away. It is vital to take the necessary precautions and consider the consequences of doing so, to ensure each animal is cared for correctly.

At Canine Scanning, we make it our mission to keep every pet and every owner happy. Our highly specialised staff and our 30 years of experience come hand-in-hand when assisting our customers; no pet leaves without a wagging tail!

So, where do I begin with dog breeding?

There are two important factors you must consider – whether you have a suitable stud dog and whether you should begin to progesterone test.

Due to our large customer base, we have a wealth of stud dogs available at your disposal, so please contact us if you require any assistance when sourcing a stud dog.

With regards to progesterone testing, this is something we recommend for all dogs. It allows you to determine the best day to mate your bitch, pinpointing her period of ovulation. All that is required is a small blood sample from your pet, of which is ran through our advanced progesterone testing machine at our clinic – results are available within 30 minutes.

I think my dog is ready!

When the period of ovulation is detected, we can advise on what day to mate your dog. At our clinic, we suggest that you artificially inseminate your bitch, rather than naturally mate her. Artificial insemination is a quick, clean and straightforward procedure that reduces any risk of STI contraction and maximises your chances of a successful mating. The sperm is manually deposited and then flushed through the urethra with prostatic fluid from the male. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes.

Okay, but how do I know if she is pregnant?

We recommend an ultrasound scan at 21-days. A full count of puppies can be detected, and if an infection is developing, we can see this very clearly. Although it is exceptionally uncommon, any disease is a severe condition that can and should only be viewed through specialist equipment.

So, whether you are looking for a new puppy to add to your family, or you simply think it would be within your pet’s best desires to have a litter, Canine Scanning is here to help, with 24-hour assistance, seven days a week. We offer all services with regards to fertility and would be delighted to assist you with any concerns you may have.