There was a thread some time back that mentioned an implant used to induce heat and then it was removed when they did the surgical implant... Can 't seem to find the topic ...Can some one give me some info on its use and what it is called..? Thanks Steve S
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Originally Posted by steve schreiner
Thanks Jeff ...I found the thread I was looking for .....Steve S
Steve the FDA is cracking down on the "off label" use for dogs...it isn't approved here in the US yet. So repro vets who have it won't ship it to others now. You may have to go to a repro clinic.
The subject came up in a conversation with the repo specialist at the vet school in Columbia Mo...Steve S
I have used it sucessfully three times. Have a friend who has used it on her FC female to control when she comes into heat so it doesn't interfere with her trial schedule.
This dog does not show blood until she is well on her way out ....too late to mate by then ....we think the beginning of the cycle is aprox 3 weeks earlier....Steve S
Do you have an approximate idea of when she should be due to come in, ex; is she ~ every 7mts, a year etc. How about checking progesterone levels during that 3 week window? That would at least map her cycle, and perhaps give an idea of correct timing.
Before using the implant, you need to do a base progesterone to make sure she isn't already coming into heat.
You also should only use it at least four months after her last heat.
Increasing beta carotene (boosts progesterone levels in dogs and goats)
Don't work the bitch hard and feed her more to put on some weight when she gets close to her cycle time. Just a couple pounds. These things will help her go into heat.
The first thing to keep in mind about a bitches heat cycle is that they are never the same as another dogs. Messing around with your dogs hormons during pregnancy can have health risk for the breeding female and don't gaurantee results. If you need to know the best time to breed your bitch have the vet draw blood and have the local hospital lab do the progreston test. It will take multiple test to zero in on ovulation which will occure when the bitch reaches 4 - 5 ng/ml. The color metric test for progestrone is worthless.
There is a link to the article where I got the graph.
Another couple good reads on the subject. These are clinic studies.
Read this one about the outcome of bitches given preogestrone supliments.
Illness can cause problems make sure you have your bitch checked for brucellosis and herpes. And make sure the stud is tested too. You don't want the stud infecting your bitch.