Here at Bulkybullies Bulldogs we are certified in Ovulation testing by vaginal cytology. This is used to detect the optimum time for mating your bitch when she is in her season.
Examination of cells from the vagina is a simple technique that is used to monitor the progression of proestrus and estrus in your bitch. The vaginal epithelium undergoes a predictable hyperplastic response to increasing plasma estrogen levels during proestrus.
Vaginal cytology is performed on female dogs during their estrus cycle to help determine the optimum time to breed and enhance the success of pregnancy. The types of cells present in the vagina vary depending on the stage of estrus. A swab is taken of the cells lining the vagina and analyzed under a microscope. Usually more than one swab is required to determine the optimum time to breed.
Stages of the canine estrous cycle can be defined by sexual behavior, physical signs (vulvar swelling, vaginal bleeding) or by vaginal cytology. The period of receptivity to a male varies considerably among bitches; some bitches are receptive well before and after the period of potential fertility. Similarly, signs such as "proestrus bleeding" are often unreliable indicators; some bitches bleed very little and other show bleeding through estrus and into diestrus.
Since cytologic changes reflect the underlying endocrine events of the cycle, they are almost always a better predictor of the "fertile time" and gestation length than are behavioral or physical signs.
Cytologic changes through the canine estrous cycle reflect changes in blood concentrations of estrogen. As depicted below, estrogen levels rise prior to and during proestrus and fall in conjunction with the preovulatory surge of luteinizing hormone. Rising levels of estrogen induce the "cornification" that is characteristic of smears examined during estrus. Ovulation occurs two days after the LH surge.
information and images used from http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/
Cytology Ovulation Testing is priced from £25 per test, we advise starting testing at day 5-7 of the first sign of blood. We offer testing at your premesis or at ours, however we do charge more to come to you for fuel costs etc.
Cytology Ovulation Testing at your premesis - From £30
Cytology Ovulation Testing at our premesis - £25
We Provide all sorts of services including:
Canine ovulation testing
Canine Artificial insemination
Pet ultrasound Scanning
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