Today's Reproduction Tip involves PROGESTERONE - (commonly used during heat to predict ovulation) - We also frequently use it AT THE END OF PREGNANCY to determine whether or not a bitch's due date has actually arrived (will the puppies be ready??), or if we still need to give the puppies more time to mature.
In-house progesterone results are available in an hour at Hamby Road 7 days a week, which is really helpful when trying to decide if "it's time".
Any progesterone value below 4 nanograms/ml means her due date has arrived and it's safe to do a C-section. Value higher than 4? It's still too early, she may end up delivering on her own (although not today).....