Our hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to help keep your pet’s reproductive system in the best shape.
Breeding Soundness Exams
A breeding soundness examination is a vital part of any breeding program to determine if there are any potential fertility issues. A thorough physical exam and accurate patient history is the first step in determining breeding soundness. Our veterinarians will examine your pet, paying special attention to the reproductive tract. Diagnostic testing, such as Brucella canis test, ultrasound, or cytology, may be deemed necessary based on the findings of the exam.
When natural conception is not the best option, we offer artificial insemination. This is the process of using fresh, fresh-chilled, or frozen semen to manually impregnate by placing it within your pet at the exact right time and location. There are multiple forms of insemination (transvaginal, transcervical, and surgical), and our team at Kenai Veterinary Hospital is well trained in deciding the best route for your pet. Please call us if you have any questions or want to learn more.
Semen Collection and Analysis
Semen collection is not only used for artificial insemination, but it is also used to evaluate the quality and quantity of sperm being produced. This is an important step in your pet’s breeding soundness examination to determine their fertility status. We recommend collecting multiple samples to gather the most accurate information and evaluate any abnormalities. Please call us to discuss our process for semen collection.
An ultrasound, or sonogram, is similar to an X-ray in that it provides an image of the interior aspect of your pet. This is a pain-free diagnostic tool that uses sound waves to generate real-time imagery of our patients’ internal functions. With this tool, we can track blood flow to organs, discover bladder stones, or view abnormal fluid accumulation around the heart or lungs. All of our veterinarians are taking continuing education courses in order to better utilize our new high-quality GE ultrasound machine.
Radiology (X-rays) is routinely used to provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). It can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to provide a list of possible causes for a pet’s condition, identify the exact cause of a problem or rule out possible problems.
Most animals give birth without any complications. However, mothers occasionally need help with delivery. We usually attempt to resolve the problem using medical therapy first, but when that doesn’t solve the issue, we will perform a caesarian section.
During a c-section, the mother is given an anesthetic. An incision is then made along her abdomen and through the uterus to retrieve unborn puppies or kittens. In some situations, we may recommend that the mother be spayed during this procedure, usually to prevent future problems of this nature.