Dogs in breeding kennels need specialized veterinary care.
The health of the dam and sire can impact the well-being of their puppies. Improve the chances of successful breeding by:
- Reducing maternal stress
- Providing reproductive care
- Minimizing disease risks in your kennel
This section provides resources related to conditions that affect breeding dogs including:
- Canine herpes virus
Learn more about the special needs of reproductive dogs and their puppies!
Reproductive Healthcare Library
Bare Bones – If you only have a few minutes for the basics
SNACKS – If you want to learn more
Brucella Canis: Emerging Zoonotic Disease? Implications for Commercial Breeding Kennels and Public Health - CRONEY RESEARCH GROUP
Canine Herpes Virus
Theriogenology and Reproductive Medicine Service: Canine Frequently Asked Questions
Best Practices for Brucella canis Prevention and Control in Dog Breeding Facilities
AKC Guide to Responsible Dog Breeding
Society for Theriogenology/American College of Theriogenology Position Statements
Kibble – If you want to take a deep dive into the science
Additional Resources to Support Dogs in Other Environments
SHELTER & RESCUE
Dogs living in shelter or rescue kennels face challenges specific to their living environments. Practical applications for their management and care may also differ. Additional resources for their caretakers, including those caring for dogs in home-based foster systems or rescue networks, are provided to support efforts to improve, maintain, and protect their welfare.
Dogs living in homes as family pets face challenges specific to their living environments. Practical applications for their management and care may also differ. Additional resources for their caretakers, support the human-animal bond, keep pets in their homes, and improve, maintain, and protect their welfare.
Research & Teaching
Dogs living in research or teaching kennels face challenges specific to their living environments. Practical applications for their management and care may also differ. Additional resources for their caretakers are provided to support efforts to improve, maintain, and protect their welfare.
Applications for Research & Teaching
Applications for Pet Families
Dog Pregnancy: Signs, Care, and Preparing for Puppies
Meyers, H. (2022, April 21). Dog pregnancy: Signs, care, and preparing for puppies. American Kennel Club. Retrieved June 23, 2022, from https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/dog-breeding/dog-pregnancy-care-prep/
Canine Brucellosis - Information for Owners
AKC-CHF. (2019, March). Canine Brucellosis: Information for Dog Owners. AKC Canine Health Foundation | Current Topics in Infectious Disease. Retrieved December 30, 2022, from https://www.akcchf.org/canine-health/top-health-concerns/current-topics-in-infectious-disease/
What to Expect When Your Dog is Expecting
Kozoil, J. (2021) What to expect when your dog is expecting. Purdue University Extension, mdc.itap.purdue.edu/item.asp?Item_Number=VA-29-W.
2019 AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines
Creevey, K.E., Grady, J., Little, S.E., Moore, G.E., Strickler, B.G., THompson, S., and Webb, J.A. (2019). 2019 AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, 55, 267–290. DOI 10.5326/JAAHA-MS-6999
AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines: Reproductive Health
Reproductive health. AAHA. (2019). Retrieved December 30, 2022, from https://www.aaha.org/aaha-guidelines/life-stage-canine-2019/spay-and-neuter-timing/reproductive-health/