Progesterone Test for Dogs

Being the most accurate method of timing breeding, progesterone test for dogs is crucially important. Apart from the behaviour of the dog and bitch, it critically analyses the vaginal cytology and the timing of ovulation. Moreover, it pinpoints how the estrus (heat) cycle regulates to maximise fertility and pregnancy. At K9 Clinics, this progesterone test for dogs is carried out within 3 to 5 days into the heat cycle if the dog’s previous heat cycle pattern is known.

Get the Overview (Progesterone Test for Dogs)

Progesterone hormone is considered an important hormone in the female dog reproductive cycle. From ovulation to parturition and any clinical abnormalities, it can be used to analyse all. On this basis, the progesterone test ford dogs is a key hormonal test to quantitatively analyse the best mating time between a dog and a bitch. The test is generally reported as a numeric result, which means ng/dl, and is performed rapidly and accurately.


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Advantages of Progesterone Test for Dogs

Being a quantitative PDG test, several core benefits are associated with it. But the ultimate goal is to gauge the optimum time to mate. Not only this, but it also provides an accurate assessment of when the dog is likely to whelp than the mating date. Because we have noted when the ovulation has occurred in bitches.

In addition, it saves the lost time of empty bitches and also escalates the size of the litter. Thus, it can assist in improving pregnancy rates from around 70% – 95%.

Progesterone Test for Dogs at K9 Clinics in London

Our Mode of Testing

Firstly understand how we carry out this test. Generally, there are different testing methods depending on the pet’s situation. For progesterone testing, the main sources are usually blood and vaginal cell lines to take samples. And we mostly use the later one for carrying out the test.

Stages that Need to Pass

To proceed with the test, a swab of the vaginal cell lining is taken and then analysed under a light microscope. For getting clear and vibrant results and determining the optimum breeding time, at times, more than one swab is required.

For understanding the ovulation time and predicting the best time to breed, progesterone levels and luteinising hormone (LH) levels seem to be the best indicators. So, we often analyse both levels to get efficient outcomes – timing breeding.

It’s time to Check; It’s time to Test.

The best time to test progesterone levels depends on the length of the dog’s previous heat cycles. By the way, it can be done every 2 to 3 days, starting about 3 to 5 days into the heat.

But generally, we recommend starting testing between days 3, 5, and 7 when the pro-oestrus (vulval bleeding and swelling) starts. Then repeat the test every two or three days as per the results. On starting, the progesterone levels are >1.0 ng/ml until the day before the LH surge.

Our Expert Team

At K9 CLINICS, our well-trained and professional vets are licensed to perform Progesterone blood/plasma tests on male and female dogs, but with the consent of the dog owner.

Speak to our team today for further information