Pet Reproductive Care in Altamonte Springs, FL

Spring Run Veterinary Hospital is pleased to provide pet reproductive services in your community! Continue reading to find out more.

Pet Reproductive Care services

Pet Reproductive Care

It’s a pleasure for us to serve reputable animal breeders in the area, as well as provide reproductive services to pet owners who may be dealing with an unexpected cat or dog pregnancy. Regardless of the circumstances, the health of the animals involved is always our top priority here in Altamonte Springs, FL.

Pet Reproductive Care

To ensure healthy litter and future generations, we work hard with responsible breeders.
Services we offer within our reproductive program include:

  • Progesterone testing
  • Surgical AI
  • Trans-cervical Insemination (TCI)…coming
  • Semen Collection/Analysis—coming
  • C-section – Planned/emergency
  • Pregnancy confirmation – Ultrasound
  • Puppy count – Rads
Progesterone testing
Surgical AI
Transcervical Insemination (TCI)
Semen Collection/Analysis
C-section – Planned/emergency
Pregnancy confirmation – Ultrasound
Puppy count - Radiography

Progesterone testing in pets refers to the measurement of progesterone levels in the blood or other bodily fluids of animals. Progesterone is a hormone produced by the ovaries and is important in the regulation of the menstrual cycle in female animals and the maintenance of pregnancy. Progesterone testing is performed to predict ovulation and ensure a bitch's best chance at conceiving a litter.

Spring Run Veterinary Hospital is willing to perform serial progesterone testing and ovulation timing on qualified breeding females. To identify whether your female is a candidate for progesterone ovulation timing, please call to schedule a breeding soundness exam.

We require all breeding females to have breed specific health testing completed as outlined on the OFA.org website.

Surgical artificial insemination is provided as an option to those who are seeking artificial insemination options for their breeding female. This method can utilize frozen, fresh-chilled or fresh semen. Surgical AI is sometimes recommended over TCI (see TCI tab) for a myriad of reasons. Your veterinarian will consult with you on the best option for you and your mother-to-be.
Transcervical Insemination (TCI) in pets refers to a procedure in which semen is directly introduced into the cervix of a female animal for the purpose of artificial insemination. This is also an option for insemination. If you would like more information on artificial insemination, please schedule a breeding soundness exam and discuss these options with your veterinarian. It is important to note that TCI should only be performed by a trained and experienced veterinarian, as there are potential risks and complications associated with the procedure.

Pet semen collection and analysis refers to the process of obtaining and evaluating semen samples from male animals for the purpose of artificial insemination or for evaluating fertility. Semen is analyzed for various parameters such as volume, concentration, motility, and morphology of sperm. The results of the semen analysis can provide important information about the fertility of the animal and can be used to determine the best breeding strategy, such as the use of artificial insemination or natural mating. Semen collection and analysis should only be performed by a trained and experienced veterinarian, as there are potential risks and complications associated with the procedure.

Spring Run Veterinary Hospital is able to answer questions regarding your male's fertility. We will only facilitate semen analysis, collection and/or shipment for males that have a current breeding soundness exam with us. Please call us today to schedule your appointment.

A C-section (cesarean section) in pets refers to a surgical procedure in which a veterinarian delivers puppies or kittens through an incision in the mother's abdomen. A planned C-section is a procedure that is scheduled in advance, often due to medical reasons such as the mother's health, the size of the litter, or difficulties with the birth process. An emergency C-section, on the other hand, is performed when unexpected complications arise during the birthing process, such as fetal distress, uterine rupture, or the inability of the mother to deliver the puppies or kittens naturally.

A planned C-section requires the patient to be a current patient with us, so please call well in advance should this be something you are considering. An Emergency C-section will be considered for any patient where a need is identified.

Ultrasound is a commonly used method for confirming pregnancy in pets, especially cats and dogs. The procedure involves using high-frequency sound waves to create images of the developing fetus and the reproductive organs. This allows veterinarians to determine if a pet is indeed pregnant, determine the number of fetuses, and monitor the growth and development of the fetuses.

During an ultrasound exam, the pet is usually positioned on her back and a gel is applied to the abdominal area to help transmit the sound waves. The veterinarian will then move a transducer over the gel, which sends and receives sound waves to create images of the reproductive organs and fetuses.

It is recommended to confirm pregnancy in pets with an ultrasound after approximately 25-30 days of gestation, at which time the fetuses should be visible. Repeat exams may be necessary to monitor the progression of the pregnancy and to check for any complications.

Any client seeking to confirm a pregnancy, whether planned or unplanned, should schedule an appointment ASAP. Please reach out to Spring Run Veterinary Hospital to identify the best time to schedule this exam.

Radiography (X-rays) is another commonly used method for confirming pregnancy and determining the number of fetuses in dogs. Radiography works by using ionizing radiation to create images of the internal structures of the body, including the reproductive organs.

During a radiography exam, the dog is positioned on her back and X-rays are taken of the abdomen. The images created will show the reproductive organs and the developing fetuses, allowing the veterinarian to determine the number of fetuses present and monitor the growth and development of the fetuses.

It is recommended to confirm pregnancy and determine the number of fetuses with radiography after approximately 45-50 days of gestation, at which time the skeletons of the fetuses should be visible. Repeat exams may be necessary to monitor the progression of the pregnancy and to check for any complications.

Any client seeking to confirm a pregnancy, whether planned or unplanned, should schedule an appointment ASAP. Please reach out to Spring Run Veterinary Hospital to identify the best time to schedule this exam.

Veterinary Services

Below are all of the veterinary services we offer at Spring Run Veterinary Hospital. If you have any questions regarding our services, please feel free to call us.