Just as progesterone testing analyses the occurrence of ovulation and subsequently when to mate or inseminate it is also very useful to monitor for the other following reasons. The level of progesterone needs to stay elevated to sustain a pregnancy, not only does it fall to the end of a pregnancy it also triggers whelping.
By monitoring the progesterone hormone during pregnancy a warning of a premature fall in progesterone indicates the time for you to request your veterinary surgeon to intervene immediately to keep the progesterone level elevated with medication.
The worst nightmare for breeders is often “Single Puppy Syndrome”. This is when the bitch is only carrying a single fetus. Small litters in general sometimes may not stimulate the uterus enough to whelp successfully. This can result in a “Primary Inertia” a condition where a bitch fails to go into productive labour and expel any puppies due to partial absence of contractions and an unobstructed birth canal. Small litters often have this effect and lead to obstruction due to their freedom for colossal growth.
Complications often occur during pregnancy and whelping, so it’s crucial to know the delivery date to ensure the health and well being of your bitch and her pups.