Reproductive Services

The Animal Hospital of Statesville is proud to support responsible breeders through reproductive services. We believe the choice to breed your dog is not one to be taken lightly, and we would be honored to work with you to ensure the health and well-being of mom, dad, and puppies.

Services Include:

  • Breeding Soundness Exam
  • Brucellosis Screening
  • Breed-Specific Health Testing and Genetic Counseling
  • Progesterone Timing
  • Transcervical or Vaginal Artificial Insemination
  • Semen Collection and Evaluation
  • Fresh Chilled Semen Shipping and Longevity Testing
  • Pregnancy Ultrasound and Puppy Count X-Rays
  • High Risk Pregnancy Management
  • Neonatal and Post-Partum Care
  • Medical Management of Pyometras

As health is the focus of what we do at the Animal Hospital of Statesville, we require the following to provide breeding services:

  • A routine annual examination with your primary veterinarian within the last 12 months
  • Current Rabies vaccination (certificate required)
  • Heartworm/tick-borne disease 4DX test within the previous 12 months; recommended to be within the last 6 months
  • Distemper/Parvovirus vaccination (within 3 years) or titer (within 1 year). This vaccine should not be administered within 30 days of breeding.
  • Brucellosis test within 6 months

*Important: breeding appointments can be scheduled within 30 days of the expected heat cycle. The first progesterone should be pulled around day 5 of the heat cycle. Please bring proof of vaccines and required tests to your first appointment. Some items can be performed at the Animal Hospital of Statesville if needed.

Rabies vaccination is legally required by the State of North Carolina and may be administered at the start of the bitch’s heat cycle if necessary. Distemper/Parvovirus is a modified-live vaccine and should not be given during the heat cycle or pregnancy.

Current vaccination or positive titers for distemper and parvovirus will allow the bitch to produce effective colostrum and provide passive immunity to her puppies. Please ensure this is up to date at least 30 days prior to breeding. Heartworm infection is a serious, potentially deadly condition and can cause significant complications to pregnancy. Tick-borne diseases are an emerging concern as a possible cause of infertility in dogs. For these reasons, we require that your breeding animals be tested (and treated if indicated) prior to breeding.

Brucellosis is a disease that causes abortion and infertility in dogs and humans. It is spread through natural breeding, artificial insemination, and contact with urine, saliva, and other bodily fluids from an infected dog in the environment. It is recommended to test bitches prior to each breeding and stud dogs every 6 months or prior to each breeding.

Please read and sign the first page of the linked Breeding Management and Agreement form and bring to your appointment. You can fill out as much of breeding plan as you know, and we will discuss your plans at the appointment.

Breeding Management and Agreement form