Question from Facebook: how to induce ovulation in a dog?

September 29, 2011

Megan Anne Seelman
I was wondering if there was any way to induce a female dog into having an active (ovulating) heat cycle? I know they can have false (non ovulating) heat cycles, but is there any way to get her to ovulate? Asking for a friend. Thanks!
Like - - Wednesday at 10:21pm

Allan Berger
There's not a quick/common/safe way to do this. I'll ask some of our vets who do more reproduction work than me to comment.
Wednesday at 10:38pm - Like

Megan Anne Seelman
Thank you!
Wednesday at 10:38pm - Like

Jenn Van Noy Berger
I do not believe there is a way to do this at this time.
Wednesday at 10:44pm - Like

Alinda Buckingham
Megan,

Yes, it is possible to get dogs with nonovulatory cycles to ovulate. The most successful way is to use a deslorelin implant. This implant is not available in the USA, so will need to be special ordered, and will likely require implantation by someone familiar with its use.

It is also best to ensure the dog is truly having a nonovulatory cycle and does not have any other reproductive problems such as ovarian cysts. This would involve following the bitch through a cycle with progesterone testing, and potentially an abdominal ultrasound. These are just general thoughts/recommendations of course as we do not know the patients full history.
Thursday at 3:19pm - Like

Allan Berger
There you go...three vets and three different answers. Obviously if you choose to schedule something in out office, ask for Dr. Alinda Buckingham.
Thursday at 8:32pm - Like

Megan Anne Seelman Thanks guys! The female has never had pups before and the owner missed her last heat cycle and was hoping that there was a shot or something she could give to her female to bring on another hear cycle. I think she has chosen to just wait till the Spring when her female comes back into heat. Thanks for your help!!!
Thursday at 11:08pm - Like

Jenn Van Noy Berger
My answer is still technically correct- there is no way to do this at this time, in the USA. :)

Interestingly enough, it first stimulates, then suppresses estrus in females and is more often used as a form of contraceptive. It appears the only way to get it in the USA, is to be an AZA accredited wildlife institution as part of a research trial for contraception.
Yesterday at 6:00am - Like