Reproductive Services for Breeders

Unlike many veterinary practices, we at Otterkill enjoy working with breeders and their dogs. Our entire staff is dedicated to encouraging responsible breeding. We believe that breeding should only be done to improve a breed. Our animal health care team has extensive experience and training with all aspects of canine and feline breeding. Breeders travel extensive distances to utilize our services and we are proud to have maintained the health and breeding status of some of the country’s top show and working dogs. We understand that each breed has specific characteristics and requirements. We also understand that experienced breeders are often able to keep more specifically informed on their breed than we can always be. We welcome your education and are sure you’ll welcome ours.

Reproductive Services we offer at Otterkill:
  • Fertility testing.
    • Male and Female Soundness Exams
    • Semen evaluation
  • Pre-breeding counseling and genetic/phenotypic assessment.
  • Ovulation timing to optimize conception rates and litter size
    • Progesterone Testing
    • LH Testing
    • Vaginal Cytology
  • Breeding Assistance
    • Artificial Insemination – Vaginal and Surgical
    • Chilled Semen Insemination
    • Chilled Semen Collection, Preparation and Shipping
      • Certified through the Synbiotics Chilled Semen Veterinary Network
  • Pregnancy Determination
    • Ultrasound evaluation - Day 21 onward
    • Relaxin blood testing - Day 28 onward
    • Radiographs for fetal counts and health - Day 45 onward
    • Palpation and examination
  • Whelping assistance
    • Counseling and physical assistance when needed
    • Veterinary Liaison for Whelpwise www.whelpwise.com
    • Ultrasound evaluation for fetal distress
    • Caesarian section
  • Post-whelping assistance
    • Dam and puppy examination
    • Genetic Counseling
    • Cosmetic puppy surgery
    • Health exams and veterinary certification for puppies prior to placement
  • Members of the Society of Theriogenology.
    • One of only three practices in the entire State of New York.