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Improper breeding is most often at the root of the perceived infertility. To prevent this, the male dog may be bred to another bitch to test his ability to impregnate. Another alternative may be the use of gonadotropin, a hormone which induces ovulation in animals unable to do so normally.
If improper breeding does not seem at fault, your veterinarian will begin treatment for other underlying causes for infertility. For example, antibiotics are given if a uterine infection is suspected. Some of the surgical considerations include surgical repair of the obstructed reproductive tract, surgical correction of abnormalities in the vagina, removal of a cancerous ovary, and either draining or surgically removing the ovarian cysts. If your dog is found to have an underlying condition of hypothyroidism, your veterinarian will treat the condition, and will probably advise you not to breed your bitch, as this disease is often genetically inherited and passed on to further generations.
Your veterinarian will schedule a follow-up exam to test your dog's progesterone hormone levels, and to perform an ultrasonography exam to confirm a healthy pregnancy and placental position. If L-Thyroxine is prescribed, he or she will examine the dog after one month in order to ensure proper absorption.
The organ of mammals that comes while a female is pregnant; may also be referred to as afterbirth
The process of the maturation and release of eggs
A hormone that is created at the time of pregnancy
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The hollow bodily organ that holds the embryo and fetus and provides nourishment; only found in female animals.
The word for female eggs
Anything that produces an action or reaction
An attachment of the zygote inside the uterus
The zygote that is developed after conception
A female dog that has not been spayed.
The innermost layer of the uterus
The reproductive cycle of female animals
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
A hormone that gives stimulation to the gonads
To make an animal pregnant