We offer all types of assistance with reproduction and breeding, from reproductive cytologies to semen freezing to caesarean sections. We have advanced testing to allow us to know when the best breeding days will be. We offer artificial insemination, transcervical insemination, and surgical insemination.

We can check for pregnancy with ultrasound and are able to determine the number of puppies fairly accurately on late term radiographs, so you know what to expect. We are of course ready to help if you have questions about any part of whelping. We are here to help you succeed.

If you have any questions about our services, please contact us today at (860) 668-4041.

The following is a list of recommendations and requirements specific to the Suffield Veterinary Hospital Reproduction Department.  Failure to follow the requirements will result in reproductive services not being scheduled.


  • Pre-breeding exam to screen for health issues prior to breeding.
  • Bitch and stud have been examined within 12 calendar months by a licensed veterinarian and records need to be submitted to SVH prior to any appointments being scheduled if services are not performed by SVH doctors.
  • Bitch must be up to date on a heartworm/tick test (often called a SNAP or 4DX test) within 12 months of breeding and the results submitted to SVH.
  • Bitch and stud must be up to date on rabies vaccination and a copy of the rabies certificate must be submitted to SVH (receipts are not a complete record).
  • Bitch must be a minimum of 24 months (2 years) old for reproductive services.
  • Stud must be a minimum of 18 months (1.5years) old for reproductive services.


  • Stud be up to date on heartworm/tick test within 12 months of breeding and the results submitted to SVH.
  • Brucellosis testing for bitch and stud within 30 days of breeding (minimum of once a year) with results submitted to SVH.
  • Bitch and stud be up to date on distemper vaccination, as well as Lyme/Lepto/Bordetella if the owner/breeder so chooses.

Suffield Veterinary Hospital Canine Reproduction Booklet