We will be looking to breed her to our 4 year old boy Hugo in the next couple of weeks. This will be Lilly's third litter and her first with Hugo.
Colour wise we are hoping for silver and blue puppies, but will have to wait until the puppies are here to know for sure.
So the plan is tomorrow (Tuesday 05th May) I will take Lilly to have a culture and sensitivity test....
Preparation: culture and sensitivity test
A vaginal swab from the bitch is taken and cultured for microbiological investigation. The purpose is to ensure that the semen will be inseminated into a clean, uninfected environment. It will, therefore, eliminate the presence of any possible sperm killing bacteria, which may cause a missed conception. Further, such measure eliminates the transfer of infection to the stud dog in case of natural mating and stops the spreading of infection caused by stress from coming into season and the stress of travel.
The preparatory works also ensure the wellness of the bitch for conception to occur, and to go through a normal pregnancy, without possible abortion or absorption of puppies.
Results of culture and sensitivity test enable the determination of the most effective antibiotics for treatment if needed as incorrect antibiotics can cause more problems in the spread of infection.
Two weeks from then we hope to have a successful mating with Hugo.
Up to 10 days after the mating Lilly will go for her herpes vaccination and again a week before puppies are born..
There is currently only one available vaccine for canine herpesvirus, which is only available in Europe. The vaccine, Eurican Herpes 205, contains tiny amounts of viral protein, which is enough to stimulate the mother’s immune system in to producing antibodies.
The female should be vaccinated once during heat and again 1-2 weeks before whelping. The second injection ensures that antibodies are transferred to the newborn pups via colostrum. This greatly increases their chance of survival.