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Infertility, Female

 Infertility, FemalePet supplements for infertility in female cats and dogs.

Herbal remedies to help support reproduction and sexual function in dogs and cats.

The endocrine system interacts with many organs and bodily systems, and the adrenal and thyroid glands plays a major role in providing critical trace nutrient support to all glands and tissue, and the adrenals can become stressed and fatigued, also affecting the liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

Some of the common symptoms that appear in dogs and cats which are unable to reproduce are abnormal cycling, failure to conceive, failure to copulate/mate, and pregnancy loss.

Normal fertility in a dog or cat, and the ability to reproduce puppies and kittens, requires a normal estrous cycle, with a healthy reproductive tract, normal ova (eggs), normal and stable levels of reproductive hormones, fertilization by normal spermatozoa, implantation of an embryo in the lining of the uterus (endometrium), normal placenta placement, and stable levels of progesterone concentration.

These conditions must be maintained for the entirety of the two month gestational period, or the process of reproduction will be altered, with resultant infertility.

Symptoms of infertility include:

Failure to copulate (i.e., an inability to successfully mate with a male dog)

Normal copulation without subsequent pregnancy

Too frequent cycling

Failure to cycle

Infertility can affect dogs and cats of all ages, but tends to be more common among older animals. Underlying cystic endometrial hyperplasia, also called uterine cysts, is more common among dogs and cats past the age of six. Dogs and cats that have had previous uterine infections can also have subsequent difficulties with implantation. However, one of the most causes of seeming infertility is insemination during the improper time in the estrous cycle.

Dog breeds and cats that are predisposed to thyroids insufficiency have a higher prevalence of fertility problems. Dog breeds that are at particular risk of hypothyroidism are boxers, Doberman pinschers, dachshunds, golden retrievers, great Danes, Irish setters, miniature schnauzers, and poodles.

Other conditions that may play a role in a dog and cat’s inability to reproduce include:

Male infertility factors

Sub-clinical uterine infections

Brucella canis

Canine herpesvirus

Toxoplasmosis infection

Hypercortisolism

Thyroid insufficiency

Abnormal ovarian functions

Chromosomal abnormality

Systemic viral or protozoal infection

Lack of sufficient copulatory stimulus in order to induce ovulation

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal treatments that help to soothe and support the endocrine and reproductive systems, to support healthy breeding and help treat infertility, to support healthy gland function, for natural energy & vitality, to regulate the testes, to increase testosterone levels; to balance hormone levels & to promote breeding function.

I AM A ROCK STAR - (learn more) supports adrenal gland health and response to stress and metabolic demand, supports glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, promotes hormonal balance, regulates stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, balances blood sugar levels, for natural energy in young and geriatric pets, increases muscle use, ability and stamina, provides anti-inflammatory and immune support, helps maintain healthy adrenal, central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Dog & Cat Kryptonite(learn more) supports hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) function, enables the body to respond normally to stress and metabolic demands while supporting the glands' ability to rebuild and regenerate, supports healthy energy levels and vitality, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, for lethargic, aging or convalescing animals, regulates the organs which secrete hormones, including the pituitary, parotid, thyroid and adrenal glands, the pancreas, and the testes; stimulates the hypothalamus, supports endocrine function, the central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Hepa Protect – (learn more) supports proper liver function, metabolism, bile production and flow, rehabilitates the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, detoxifies the kidneys and liver, tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, reduces uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi.

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Conventional Remedies:

Your veterinarian will perform a thorough physical exam on your pet, considering the background history of symptoms and possible incidents that might have led to the condition. A complete blood profile will be conducted, including a chemical blood profile, a complete blood count, and a urinalysis.

These tests will show evidence of infections, bacterial, viral, or parasitic. Viral infections that will be tested for include toxoplasmosis, protozoal parasite infection, canine herpesvirus, hypercorticolism, hypothyroidism, and Brucella canis. In addition, your doctor will be checking your dog's body thoroughly for any other chronic disease conditions.

Some of the basis for the diagnosis will be related to whether your dog or cat has conceived or given birth in the past. If she has reproduced successfully before, your veterinarian will consider whether the male mate that has been chosen for breeding is of proven fertility, or whether the timing for the breeding was scheduled in accordance with your dog's ovulation cycle.

Your dog's or cat’s hormone levels will be analyzed; to be sure that she has the required levels for conception and a following pregnancy. Progesterone concentration must remain steady throughout the pregnancy for it to be successful.

Imaging techniques may be used to look for any abnormalities in the uterus, such as masses (indicating tumors), and anatomic abnormalities that would interfere with conception. In a healthy dog or cat, the ovaries and uterus will not be visible on X-ray imaging. If your veterinarian is able to view the ovaries or uterus, this would suggest that there may be an underlying condition of ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer, or uterine cysts. If it appears, on examination, that your dog or cat has cysts or other masses of tissue in the uterus or reproductive tract, your veterinarian will need to take a sample of tissue from the uterus for biopsy.

Improper breeding is most often at the root of the perceived infertility. To prevent this, the male dog may be bred to another bitch to test his ability to impregnate. Another alternative may be the use of gonadotropin, a hormone which induces ovulation in animals unable to do so normally.

If improper breeding does not seem at fault, your veterinarian will begin treatment for other underlying causes for infertility. For example, antibiotics are given if a uterine infection is suspected. Some of the surgical considerations include surgical repair of the obstructed reproductive tract, surgical correction of abnormalities in the vagina, removal of a cancerous ovary, and either draining or surgically removing the ovarian cysts. If your dog is found to have an underlying condition of hypothyroidism, your veterinarian will treat the condition, and will probably advise you not to breed your dog or cat, as this disease is often genetically inherited and passed on to further generations.

 

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