Progesterone "pre mating" blood test now available  - results available in as little as 1 hour*.

At Hawthorn Vets, we have the latest in house laboratory equipment and can run a multitude of different tests on blood and urine. We're pleased to say that we can now add progesterone to this list.

If you are planning on breeding from your bitch, then measuring progesterone levels is an easy and reliable way of gauging the optimum time to mate.

The ideal time to mate is 48hrs after ovulation after progesterone levels rise to around 5 ng/ml which we can now accurately measure to the same standard as an external veterinary laboratory. The test involves taking a small blood sample and we recommend starting this on around day 7 after the start of the season (vulval swelling and bleeding). We can obtain the results within the hour* and they will indicate what steps are required over the next 2-4 days depending on the result (when to retest or when to mate).

The cost of the test is only £49.99 and includes an appointment with a nurse to take the blood, the test itself and interpretation of the results by a veterinary surgeon to advise you on the next steps required.

If you would like to book an appointment for a progesterone blood test, you can do so online or by contacting the practice directly.

*while we will always endeavour to produce results within one hour, during extremely busy periods this may not always be possible, however, same day results are guaranteed.