Dog Breeding

Dog Breeding and Reproduction Services for the Kansas City Area

Our veterinarians offer dog breeding and veterinary reproduction services, including progesterone testing, artificial insemination ( AI ), vaginal cytology, semen collection and shipping, and pregnancy evaluation for dogs in Blue Springs and the Kansas City metro area.

Why Consider Veterinary Assistance When Breeding Dogs?

  • The number one cause of infertility or small litter size in dogs is poor breeding management due to incorrect timing of ovulation and breeding. By using vaginal cytology along with progesterone testing a veterinarian can determine the timing of ovulation, thereby increasing the likelihood for pregnancy and maximum litter size.
  • ¬†Evaluation by a veterinarian of the concentration, mobility and morphology (physical characteristics) of the sperm will determine how likely or unlikely the dog is to become pregnant.
  • ¬†Artificial or surgical insemination with fresh, chilled, or frozen semen may be performed by a veterinarian if preferred by the breeder or if the dogs are unable to naturally mate.
  • Semen may be collected and chilled for shipment to facilitate breeding of a female at a distant location.
  • Pregnancy can be confirmed by a veterinarian at 25-30 days by palpation and an ultrasound exam. Ultrasound allows visualization of the heartbeats to confirm live puppies.
  • Radiographs (X-rays) can assist in estimating litter size at 45 days post conception.
  • Assisted breeding and pregnancy diagnosis enables the veterinarian to give a closer estimate of the whelping date, allowing close monitoring and assistance during and after birthing when needed.

Veterinary Assisted Dog Breeding Services

  • Comprehensive Breeding Management and Consultation
  • Physical examination and breeding evaluation
  • Ovulation timing with progesterone testing and vaginal cytology
  • Semen collection and evaluation
  • Semen chilling and shipping
  • Artificial insemination (with fresh or chilled semen)
  • Surgical insemination (with fresh, chilled, or frozen semen)
  • Infertility diagnosis
  • Pregnancy diagnosis with ultrasound of puppies
  • Radiographic estimation of litter size
  • Obstetrical assistance, elective C-section in appropriate breeds
  • Neonatal care

Dog Breeding Management Fees

Our fee structure for breeding management services is flexible to accommodate a variety of client needs. Only those services desired by the breeder may be selected and priced individually, or we offer a comprehensive breeding management plan with special pricing.

The comprehensive breeding management plan includes:

  • Physical examination and complete breeding evaluation
  • Ovulation timing via progesterone testing and vaginal cytology
  • Semen collection and evaluation
  • Two artificial inseminations with fresh semen, or one insemination with chilled or frozen semen
  • Pregnancy diagnosis with ultrasound of puppies
  • Radiographic estimation of litter size
  • Post whelping physical examination of the female and health evaluation of the puppies

Please call our office at to learn more about specific services and fees.


Choosing a Veterinarian for Dog Breeding Management

It is important to choose a veterinarian with an interest in dog breeding and reproduction. It is an area of medicine which requires special equipment, knowledge, and skills.

Dr. Abigail Owens and Dr. Erin Willis have a special interest in this area and manage dog breeding cases for Blue Springs Animal Hospital.

If you would like to set up a consultation with Dr. Owens or Dr. Willis to determine how we can assist you with your dog breeding plans, please call our office at 816-229-1544.


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