Reproduction exams are required at each breeding cycle for females and once yearly for males. This allows the pet to be established as a client, the doctor to examine the pet and assure they meet the qualifications for our breeding program. See our list of qualifications HERE.
Our reproduction exam is a complete physical exam done by one of our reproduction doctors. If the pet has not been tested for heartworm in the last year, testing is performed at time of exam. If the pet does not have a current rabies vaccine, a vaccine will be given at that time, with the exception of pregnant dams.
The exam consists of the following:
Heart and lungs are auscultated to listen for abnormal heart rhythms or lung sounds. The doctor will also observe how the dog moves, breathes, and its overall body condition. They are looking for a healthy skin and coat, eyes and ears free of discharge and disease. The nose and face are examined to look for any issues that could pose a problem during breeding or pregnancy. The mouth and teeth may be examined to check for dental disease and oral health. The dog’s lymph nodes are also felt during the physical exam, along with palpation of the abdomen for any abnormalities. For bitches, mammary glands are palpated and a vaginal exam may be performed. For males, the testicles are examined for abnormalities and a rectal exam may be performed to evaluate the prostate.