Top benefits of at-home progesterone testing

Top benefits of at-home progesterone testing

At-home progesterone testing is convenient, effective and takes the hassle and expense out of monitoring a dog’s cycle!

If you’re a dog breeder, you’re probably familiar with the importance of monitoring ovulation cycles in dogs to determine the best time for breeding. There are many ways to determine when breeding should occur, some more accurate than others. Most commonly, breeders rely on multiple vet visits to properly determine a dog’s ovulation cycle. But despite the accuracy of this method, it’s not exactly the most convenient! That’s where at-home progesterone tests can help.

Understanding the cycle

An intact female normally cycles every 6 to 12 months. The cycle consists of four parts: Proestrus, Estrus, Diestrus and Anestrus. The Proestrus stage is characterized by vaginal bleeding that usually lasts 10 days. After the Proestrus stage the female enters the Estrus stage also known as “standing heat”, which usually lasts seven days. Progesterone levels begin to rise near the end of Proestrus and will plateau near the end of Estrus.

Why test progesterone?

Traditionally, dog breeders relied on visual cues to determine whether a dog was in heat so they knew when to begin breeding. Cytological scans of vaginal swabs, ultrasound scans and endoscopic examinations were also used to pinpoint the start of ovulation. But the most accurate method of determining ovulation cycles in a female dog is by testing progesterone levels.

Progesterone is an important hormone in female dog reproduction. Produced by the ovaries, progesterone helps to maintain pregnancy, and its levels can be used to indicate ovulation and assist with parturition and other cyclical abnormalities. Every breed has a unique pattern of progesterone secretion so understanding the levels for your dog is important.

Progesterone levels can also be indicatory of a future whelping date. On average, whelping occurs about 65 days from the point of ovulation and 65 days from the point of the luteinizing hormone peak, which is also estimated by monitoring progesterone levels. As progesterone levels fall below 2.0ng/ml, whelping occurs within 48 hours. In addition to predicting when whelping will begin, progesterone levels can be used to predict whether an abortion is about to occur or in confirming termination of a pregnancy.

The advantages of at-home progesterone testing

Progesterone testing can become time-consuming and expensive. Often, breeders are required to visit their veterinarian up to three to four times a week. Fortunately, there are home testing technologies available. Wondfo Finecare Vet Support has created a home testing console that can easily test progesterone levels within 15 minutes. The home system allows dog breeders to closely monitor progesterone levels on site, multiple times without paying vet bills and can ensure that breeders don’t miss any estrus cycles in breeding females. Wondfo also offers dedicated customer service support and online training for use of their home-testing console.

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