PRE - BREEDING EXAMINATION FOR THE STUD DOG
Mary C. Wakeman, D.V.M.
For any bitch we see in our practice, we recommend the following work up be done on the prospective stud dog. The exam must be done after the dog’s last breeding or within 2-3 weeks prior to the breeding to our bitch patient.
Just as it is possible for a bitch to be infected or infertile, it is
also possible for the stud dog to be infertile or to transfer an infection
to the bitch. An active stud dog which is infected may cover several bitches,
transmitting the infection to each, before the resulting infection in a
bitch prompts testing of the male. It is wise for the stud dog’s owner
to require a workup of each bitch to be bred, and to periodically and regularly
test her male, even though all of the visiting bitches were reported to
be "clean". The reliability of the culture results collected
on each bitch is affected dramatically by the procedures used by the bitch’s
vet. The reliability of the culture results of the stud dog is more likely
to be acceptable.