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Reproduction

The veterinarians at The Pet Practice are experienced and enthusiastic about dog and cat reproduction.

Dr Nadine Gruenthal has designed The Pet Practice to be a comprehensive reproduction clinic. We offer all services related to dog and cat reproduction.

As well as being a fully equipped general veterinary practice, The Pet Practice also offers all services related to dog and cat reproduction. See below for details on our comprehensive reproduction options.

Ovulation detection

Progesterone Testing

Progesterone is a hormone released by the ovaries when a dog is in season. Measuring blood progesterone levels allows us to interpret what is happening with the oocytes (eggs) on the ovaries and when the dog is ovulating to determine the ideal time for mating or insemination. Progesterone testing is a simple blood test.

At The Pet Practice we have our own highly reliable in-house progesterone machine which means we can provide you with an accurate result quickly on the same day.

Vaginal Cytology

Vaginal cytology is when a swab is taken from the bitch’s vagina and examined under the microscope. The change in the appearance of the cells can help determine where the bitch is in her cycle.

Vaginal cytology is not the preferred method of ovulation detection and is usually interpreted in conjunction with progesterone tests. We can perform this analysis in-clinic using our microscope, giving you instant results.

Artificial Inseminations – Manual AI, TCI, Surgical AI

Here at The Pet Practice we are experienced at performing artificial inseminations. Our options are:

Manual Artificial Insemination (AI)

In a manual AI the semen is collected from the male dog and a catheter is inserted into the female’s vagina. The sperm is deposited directly into the vagina (intra-vaginal insemination). The sperm then makes its own way up into the uterus to fertilise the eggs. This technique is suitable for fresh semen inseminations.

Transcervical Insemination (TCI)

This procedure uses an endoscope and camera to deposit the semen directly into the dog’s uterus (intra-uterine insemination). It is usually a more successful method of insemination. This procedure is minimally invasive and usually done with the dog fully conscious. The technique is suitable for fresh, chilled and frozen semen.

This is a popular and highly successful method of artificial insemination for dogs. Our clinic uses a state of the art video endoscope for the procedure and our staff are highly experienced at performing TCIs.

Surgical Insemination

Surgical AI is a minor surgery where the bitch is anaesthetised to directly inject the semen into the uterus. This is suitable for fresh, chilled and frozen semen.

Caesarean Sections

We hope that dogs will whelp their puppies without any problems. But sometimes they need help. At The Pet Practice we offer services for both emergency and elective C-sections. You can be assured that your dog will be cared for to the highest standard to ensure the safe delivery of your puppies.

Our staff are all experienced with neonatal care and we have a state of the art Aeolus Incubator (humidicrib) for newborn puppies and kittens, ensuring the safest and best start to life possible.

We also utilize a specific in-house blood progesterone test that delivers instant results to help determine imminent whelping, particularly for bitches requiring caesareans. This quick and reliable test ensures the best plan can be made as soon as possible for your bitch and her puppies.

Frozen Semen & Storage

We provide all services for frozen semen including:

  • Semen freezing and storage using specialized liquid nitrogen tanks
  • Inseminations with frozen semen – surgical AI and TCI’s

We hold regular semen evaluation and freezing appointments for male breeding dogs so feel free to contact us today for more information.

Semen Chilling

Chilled semen is a useful and effective way of transporting semen interstate. We can collect semen from your dog and chill it for transportation.

We are also experience in inseminations using chilled semen.

Please give us a call on (08) 9351 9700 for more information.

Pregnancy Ultrasounds

Pregnancy ultrasound is the best way to determine if your dog or cat is pregnant. It can be done from 4 weeks gestation. It is useful in confirming pregnancy and letting you know approximately how many babies your pet is going to have. Plus, it is really cute to see your tiny puppies or kittens!

Pregnancy X-ray

Here at The Pet Practice we offer x-rays of pregnant animals in order to count the number of babies they are expecting. This is performed in the last week of gestation and helps us to determine a more accurate count of babies, as well as provide you with an exciting image to keep of your pregnant dog or cat!

Pyometra Treatment

Pyometra is when your bitch has an infection in her uterus. It is a very serious condition and can be life threatening if not treated. Generally, treatment involves surgically desexing the dog. However, we offer other medical treatment options that do not involve desexing that may preserve your dog’s fertility for the future.

For more information please make an appointment to come and see us at The Pet Practice.

General Reproductive Advice & Treatment

The Pet Practice offers all advice and care in relation to breeding and reproduction. This may include:

  • Guidance on natural mating
  • Infertility advice
  • Semen evaluation and sperm counts
  • Advice of cryptorchidism (retained testicles)
  • Neonatal puppy care
  • Oestrus suppression
  • Chemical castration
  • Vasectomies
  • Pyometra treatment

If you require general or specific reproductive advice, contact us today to arrange a consultation.

Breeder’s Discount & Discounted Vaccinations

Discounted Vaccinations

We are happy to offer all breeder discounted puppy and kitten vaccinations for your litter. We also provide discounted microchips. Please give us a call on (08) 9351 9700 for more information.

Discounted Litter Vaccinations

We are happy to offer discounts on puppy and kitten litter vaccinations and microchipping.

Please give us a call on (08) 9351 9700 for more information.

After-Hours Service

The Pet Practice offers an after-hours caesarean service to our clients as we want to ensure we are on hand to help if your pet needs assistance during the birthing process. The details of this service can be provided to you during consultation.