We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
A breeder’s needs are very different from a pet owner’s simply for the fact they want their pets to get pregnant. A unique aspect of small animal medicine is reproductive health and breeding assistance is known as theriogenology. The second special consideration for breeders is population medicine recommendations and treatments.
How does the clinic help dog breeders and kennels to keep their pets healthy?
Southampton Pet Hospital helps breeders anywhere from providing breeding services (such as AI) to delivering and vaccinating puppies. Veterinarians can help breeders every step of the way. Maintaining the health of a kennel and its puppies involves a holistic mindset known as population medicine. This facet of medicine considers kennel design and the movement of the people and dogs in that area. Considering vaccinations, parasite control, quarantines, visitors, cleaning technique and more can determine if a kennel prevents illness or experiences severe outbreaks. Another form of a breeding dog’s health is their reproductive and genetic health. A number of pre-breeding tests may be required before a dog is considered good breeding material. Some breeders ask to test for sexually transmitted disease before meeting dogs. These dogs tend to travel more frequently for shows and breeding so preventative care is needed to avoid disease being introduced to the kennel.
What are the breeding services the clinic provides? (E.g., reproductive planning, vaginal cytology, semen collection and freezing, caesarian section.)
At Southampton Pet Hospital, we can provide the services of reproductive planning via vaginal cytology or hormone assays, semen collection and evaluation, artificial insemination, ultrasound and caesarian section. Our artificial insemination procedures include intravaginal, transcervical or intrauterine techniques.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Friday, March 20, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519.797.2960. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.