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Canine Reproduction and Neonatology

1st Edition

By Marthina L. Greer

Teton NewMedia

476 pages | 236 Color Illus.

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Winner of Dog Writers Association of America's Dogwise Best Book Award

Canine Reproduction is a practical guide for veterinarians and an information source for breeders, kennel operators and others with a financial or humane interest in the breeding and maintenance of dogs.

The book focuses on the veterinarian’s responsibilities for managing the problem pregnancy, insemination, collecting, storing and shipping semen, and all of the diseases and vaccination protocols that may involve the bitch and the stud dog. It is also a very practical guide for the non veterinarian breeder and kennel owner. The book provides step by step guidelines for husbandry and nutrition as they relate to the bitch and her puppies, an excellent and concise description of breeding genetics and the implications of that knowledge for long term preservation of the breed line, and it focuses squarely on the relationship that must exist between the veterinarian and breeder clients.


"This practical guide covers all aspects of canine reproduction in depth, from learning the breeder’s work to dealing with infertility. The eleven chapters take you into the world of dog breeding in a nicely illustrated journey while providing answers to many questions: Should I vaccinate my pregnant bitch? What drugs can be used? What is a normal delivery? How far should you go in treating sick neonates? Ready-made report sheets, a thorough list of medicines, clinical algorithms, and a detailed index are other useful features of this no-nonsense book."

Vets Now: Book Review, October 2015

"This book provides a comprehensive description of clinical canine theriogenology from a practical and common-sense perspective. Clinical procedures are effectively detailed in step-by-step protocols. … This book has many strengths including > 200 high-quality, colored photographs, which help readers appreciate the difference between normal and abnormal reproductive conditions. The 51 well-organized appendices provide concise information in the form of algorithms, lists, tables, forms, and questionnaires that are useful for veterinarians, technical staff, and clients. An enormous benefit is that these helpful appendices are available digitally and can be downloaded, edited, and customized to meet individual needs."

—Jane A. Barber, DVM, MS, DACT, Veterinary Specialties at the Lake, Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, USA, from the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Vol. 246, No. 12, June 15, 2015

Table of Contents

Working With Breeders

Normal Reproduction

Basic Reproductive Care

Genetic Selection And Screening

Selecting Breeding Stock

Counseling the Breeder/Client

Specific Disease-Based Screening Examinations and Databases

Genotypic Screening

Line Breeding

The Breeding Program

Preparing To Breed

Planning the Breeding

Stud Dog Selection

Preparing the Bitch for Breeding

Timing the Bitch for Breeding

Orchestrating the Breeding – Natural And Special Breeding

Scheduling the Breeding Appointment

The Normal Breeding

Vaginal Artificial Inseminations

Shipping Fresh Chilled Semen

Handling Frozen Semen

Surgical Insemination

Transvaginal Insemination

Managing The Pregnancy

Environmental Management and Housing

Drugs and Vaccines During Pregnancy

Anthelmenthics During Pregnancy


Diagnosing the preganancy

Managing the Abnormal Pregnancy

Premature Labor and Hypoluteoidism

Managing The Whelping And C – Section

Preparing for the Whelping at Home

The Normal Delivery

Managing a Whelping at the Veterinary Hospital


Managing the C-section


Managing the C – Section

Techniques for Success


Surgery – C-section and Delivery of the pups

Resuscitation of the Neonate at Vaginal or C- Section Birth

Discharge of the Bitch and Her Litter

Managing the Immediate Postpartum Period In The Bitch

Health Care

Nutrition and Exercise


Common Disorders of the Immediate Postpartum Period

Neonatal and Pediatric Care

The Normal Neonate

Advanced Home Care

Causes of Neonatal Mortality

Neonatal Supportive Care

The Singelton Puppy

Taildocking and Dew Claw Removal


Preparing Puppies for a New Home

Placing the Puppies

Registering Litters

Infertility And Reproductive Problems In The Valuable Bitch

The Normal Estrous Cycle

The Ideal Age To Breed And Frequency

Maximizing Litter Size

The Missed Breeding

Planning for the Next Breeding

Abnormal Estrous Cycles

Failure to Maintain Pregnancy

Hormonal Alteration of Estrous


Diagnosing Pyometra

Miscellaneous Disorders of Pregnancy

The Accidental Breeding

Special Breedings

Mammary Tumors

Infertility And Reproductive Problems In The Valuable Stud Dog

Breeding Soundness Examination

Collecting the Stud Dog

Sperm Count and Morphology

Endocrinopathies and Hormonal Diseases

Disorders of the Prostate

Disorders of the Testes

Scrotal Disorders

Disorders of the Penis

Failure to Achieve Sexual Maturity and Intersex

Disorders of Copulation

Disorders of Sperm Production

Technical Advances in Perpetuating Male Fertility

Special Breedings

Working With Fresh Chilled Semen

Breeding a Bitch With Frozen Semen



Appendix A: FOR TECHNICAL STAFF (14 elements)

Appendix B: FOR TELEPHONE STAFF ( 6 elements)

Appendix C: CLIENT INFORMATION ( 15 elements)

Appendix D: FOR VETERINARIANS (16 elements)


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / Food Animal