8 Reasons Breeders Rely on Reproductive Veterinarians

Why Dog Breeders Use Repro Vets
Why Dog Breeders Use Repro Vets

As a dedicated breeder, I know that ensuring the health and well-being of our dogs is the top priority. In this blog post, we’ll explore the invaluable role that reproductive veterinarians and certified theriogenologists play in the world of dog breeding. Let’s dive into the top 8 reasons breeders turn to these experts.

  1. Navigating Breeding Challenges ?‍♀️
    Breeding isn’t always a smooth journey. American College of Theriogenology (ACT) certified theriogenologists come to the rescue when unexpected challenges arise, offering solutions for issues like infertility, irregular cycles, or complications during pregnancy. Their knowledge and experience are invaluable in overcoming these hurdles.
  2. Assisting with Artificial Insemination Techniques ?‍?
    Whether it’s traditional artificial insemination or advanced techniques like transcervical or surgical insemination, repro vets are well-versed in the latest technologies. They guide breeders through the process, increasing the likelihood of a successful pregnancy and healthy litters.
  3. Optimizing Fertility and Reproductive Health ?
    Theriogenologists are the unsung heroes when it comes to optimizing fertility in breeding dogs. From progesterone and LH testing for timing inseminations to managing reproductive health, like brucellosis testing, these specialists have the expertise to enhance the chances of a successful breeding.
  4. Semen Collection and Storage ?
    Though some dog breeders can do the collection themselves, storing frozen semen is a service requiring specialized equipment and training. These techniques allow breeders to preserve the genetics of their most beloved stud dogs for decades. Repro vets can also use specialized extenders to chill semen for overnight shipping.  It makes shipping semen further than you could reasonably travel in a day a great way to breed to dogs that aren’t in your state or province relatively easy.
  5. Ensuring Safe and Healthy Deliveries ?
    When it’s time for the big day, reproductive veterinarians are essential in ensuring a safe and healthy delivery for both the mother and the puppies. Their expertise helps minimize risks and complications during the birthing process. From the administration of oxytocin to advice on when a c-section is needed, repro vets are the greatest asset a dog breeder has to insure a safe and healthy delivery for the dam and her puppies.
  6. Genetic Counseling and Screening ?
    Reproductive vets provide crucial genetic counseling, helping breeders make informed decisions about pairings to maintain and improve the overall health of the breed. They conduct screenings for hereditary conditions, such as OFA hip and elbow radiographs and thyroid blood tests contributing to the long-term well-being of our beloved dog breeds.
  7. Puppy Care and Exams ?‍⚕️
    From examining newborns and removing dewclaws to puppy deworming, microchip injection, vaccinations, and health certificates, repro vets are the experts on newborn puppy care. Breeders rely on repro vets for all their puppy care needs from the time puppies are whelped until they head to their new homes.
  8. Trusted Expert Advice ?
    In the world of dogs and dog breeding, theriogenologists are the trusted experts with the goal of helping breeders produce healthy puppies. Repro vets often understand breeders because they are breeders with the same goals and aspirations for their own dogs.

In conclusion, the partnership between breeders and reproductive veterinarians is a cornerstone of responsible and ethical breeding practices. These professionals bring expertise, guidance, and a passion for ensuring the health and vitality of our beloved canine companions. Here’s to the amazing journey of responsible breeding and the collaborative efforts that make it all possible! ?

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