Healthy, well-bred puppies are the result of research, planning, love and hard work. But infertility issues can affect even breeders who do everything “right.” At Animal Health Services, we will work with you to diagnose infertility problems in both stud dogs and brood bitches, and we will do everything we can to help your dogs deliver happy, healthy puppies.

Frequently asked questions about infertility consultations at Animal Health Services:

What happens at an infertility consultation at Animal Health Services?
The first step is to get a complete history of reproductive and general health and a comprehensive physical exam. Further diagnostics may include bloodwork, ultrasound, biopsy or other testing depending on the veterinarian’s findings.

What is the first thing you do to determine why my dog won’t get pregnant?
This depends on the dog’s history. Was progesterone testing done when she was bred? Was she bred to a proven stud? There is no single answer for this.

What is the normal cycle for a dog?
Typically, dogs are in heat every six months, and the cycle lasts roughly three weeks. The most common days for breeding are from days 11 to 14, but ovulation may occur as early as day two and as late as day 21.

How do I know if my dog is having normal cycles?
Progesterone testing throughout the cycle will tell us if and when ovulation has occurred and whether the progesterone level stays elevated after ovulation.

My bitch is fertile but won’t accept the stud. What do I do?
Bring them both in and we’ll do an artificial insemination.

My dog has gotten pregnant, but she keeps aborting. Can we find out why?
We can certainly try! There are many different conditions and issues that can contribute to infertility, including endocrine (hormonal), congenital and environmental. We are equipped to pursue many avenues to get an answer, but just as in human obstetrics, there are times when even our best efforts fall short.