Although fertility issues can arise in dogs of all ages, older dogs tend to be the most common culprits. The reasons for fertility issues can be varied and differ from one breed of dog to another. For instance, uterine cysts are common among dogs above the age of 6 years and can lead to infertility in female dogs.
Pre-existing Conditions can affect pregnancy
Factors such as pre-existing medical conditions, especially uterine infections that affect implantation usually lead to infertility. For most dogs, fertility issues are caused by insemination or breeding during the inappropriate time in the female’s oestrous cycle. In simpler terms, breeding when the female dog is not fully in heat. This makes it important to monitor the heat cycle of a female dog and allowing for mating only when she is most fertile.
At Smart K9 Fertility Clinic, the dog reproductive team keeps track of your bitch to ensure breeding is performed at the most appropriate time.
Did you know..
Certain breeds of dogs are predisposed to thyroid insufficiency, which is a major cause of fertility issues. The common breeds that have a higher risk of hypothyroidism and a higher prevalence of fertility issues include:
- Doberman Pinschers
- Irish Setters
- Great Danes
- Miniature Schnauzers
- Great Danes
Other possible factors and conditions that contribute to dog fertility issues include:
- Abnormal ovarian function
- Toxoplasmosis infection
- Insufficient copulatory stimulus to induce ovulation
- Canine herpesvirus
- Systematic protozoal or viral infection
- Brucella Canis
- Male infertility factors such as low semen count
- Chromosomal abnormality
- Subclinical uterine infections