The Complete Book of Dog Breeding

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Barron's Educational Series, Oct 3, 2008 - Pets - 186 pages
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A veterinarian with many years of canine practice experience offers guidance to novice and professional dog breeders, emphasizing the responsibilities of reputable breeders to their dogs and to the buyers of the puppies they produce. Topics covered include: the choosing, health, quality, and conditioning of brood stock; practical DNA use, and Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) surveys and data storage to scientifically improve the selection of healthy brood stock and puppies; potential breeding problems; artificial insemination; pregnancy and its duration; embryonic and fetal activity; pregnancy nutrition; physical changes during pregnancy; stages of labor; normal and Cesarean-section births, and how to assist in both; nutrition of dams and puppies and how to recognize and prevent potential problems in both; neonatal puppy care; lactation and weaning the puppies; socializing the puppies; pedigrees, registration, and titles; and much more. Filled with color photos and line art.
 

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Contents

Overview
1
Choosing and Conditioning Brood Stock
20
Potential Breeding Problems
32
Breeding Process
52
Pregnancy
58
Whelping
78
Dystocia Difficult Birth
92
Cesarean Section
105
Lactation
114
Postwhelping Problems of the Bitch
122
Neonatal Puppy Care
129
The Reproductive Life of Brood Bitches
166
Pedigrees Registration and Titles
174
Glossary
180
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DAN RICE, DVM, spent several decades at the Denver Small Animal Hospital, specializing in small animal medicine and surgery. He has also been the house veterinarian for an Iditarod team and a kennel of hunting dogs. Rice has written books about companion animals for adults and children.

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