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    Hello bulldog breeders--- I Would like anyone's options or ideas if a bad C-section could cause issues with conceiving again. I am having some issues breeding Lucy since her 1st litter. Lucy's 1st litter she had 4 puppies, I breed again a year later and only had 1pup. A year later we tried with no luck, and just tried again in Sept and again no luck. We are doing AI with fresh seman and have also doing premate to make sure we are timing it right and breeding every other day and getting in 4 AI's each time. The Male checks out ok. And Lucy checks out ok with blood test etc. I'm just trying for one more litter because I really want to keep one or maybe 2. Her next cycle should be April 2015. Just wondering if any ideas. Lucy's mom has had 3 litters and she and Lucy are wonderful mothers. Her mother's litters, 1st litter she had 6, 2nd litter she had 8, and 3rd litter she had 7. We are using the same Vets office. However it was a different vetenarian (same office) that did Lucy's 1st C-section. I know all dogs are different but would like anyone's help or advice. My Breeder and mentor (Lucy's stud) and I are starting to think it was a bad 1st c-section. My vet (vetenarian of choice/also owner of Vetenarian Office & one of my bulldog mentor as she is a breeder too) is suggesting surgical implant her next heat...she said sometimes the scar tissues from c-section prevent the sperm reaching their destination.They get trapped in the scar tissue. (But I did not have that problem at all with Lucy's mom) So please Thought, options, ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.....

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    Default Re: Anyone ever have problems breeding/conceiving again after 1st C-section

    I would say, do as the vet suggest and do the surgical implants. We do surgical implants pretty much every time.
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    Ok thanks Davidh, for your input. This will probably be my last chance with her. She will be 5 next year. Even though she still acts like and has the energy of a 1 to 2 year old. She's a very active and fit and trim bulldog.
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    Default Re: Anyone ever have problems breeding/conceiving again after 1st C-section

    Hello,

    This thread should also be merged with the other about why bulldogs cost so much. It is NOT perfect and 100%. And it can be so frustrating when unsuccessful.

    The process is clearly understood by breeders and most vet offices. The timing gets to be tricky. Deciding WHEN is the key issue. IF everything is PERFECT AND READY.

    Things to consider:
    We had this issue with a male. We could not get a litter on 3 different tries, 3 diff bitches. One bitch had already had 2 litters by other males. We collected fresh at the vet and examined under microscope, all looked good, used TCI. No luck. Finally we went to a specialist and did a culture on the males semen. We found out that he had an infection that killed off the sperm after only 15 minutes. When the vet looked at the slide all looked good, but we never thought to look after time. Found out what the infection was, treated, and a few weeks later collected again and re-checked. This time we left the slide on the scope and checked at 5 min - good, 10 min - good, and even up to 30 minutes was still rated good. So from now on, when we breed, I tell the vet to leave the sample slide on the scope and we re-check up to 30 minutes. The next breeding was successful. This worked for both TCI and also Surgical AI.

    Another consideration is that some extenders are not compatible with semen and can actually kill off. Again, simple testing to leave slide on scope for checking at 30 mins can determine.

    The other point I want to share is that using the home test kits (we use Date-to-Mate), only tell that ovulation HAS occurred but not when. If testing is done every day, same time, then it narrows down the window to within 24 hours. Progesterone testing along with home test kits double up the success of timing. Since LH surge is between/around 4-5 ng/ml, and eggs take 48 hours to mature, and live for ~48 hours, mapping out a breeding schedule in advance helps to ensure success but again AI is about 60-70%, TCI is about 85% and SAI is up to 90%, still leaves mother nature in charge.

    Good Luck be with you all !

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