Here at Highfields, we are committed to the welfare of all animals under our care. We have a wealth of experience and knowledge regarding pregnancy in animals and are always willing to pass on our expertise when situations arise.
We work very closely with those breeders registered with our practice and want to ensure healthy, happy puppies and kittens are being bred. At the surgery we can perform onsite progesterone testing, ultrasound scans and whelping assistance when required.
As a small practice we will only take on breeding work for people who register the mother of the litter with us prior to whelping/kittening. We feel it is in the animals’ best interests that clients that wish to breed form a long standing, trusting relationship with their Veterinary surgeon to enable the very best veterinary care.
We will only perform a caesarean section when a Bitch is in first stage labour and a progesterone test confirms this due to risk of prematurity.
Legislation in the UK and Ireland requires all but occasional hobby breeders to be licensed with their Local Authority. To find out more information visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/dog-breeding-licence-england
By eight weeks of age, all UK dogs must be microchipped, and the microchip registered to the current keeper, the breeder, not the potential purchaser.
Breeding dogs and cats is not easy and we will always be happy to answer any questions you have with regarding the process. Above all the welfare of breeding dogs and cats is always our upmost priority.