An article by Mrs Ann Arch
This is an account of our own experience of bitches failing to ‘take’ after a mating, this,
hopefully will be of some help to others.
In our Puli breeding we had two lines we wished to combine, and so with both dog and
bitch on her property, my daughter was able to let them mate as and when they wished.
After several failed matings, things were worrying as the bitch was well matured. Nobody
had any ideas and so we were rapidly coming to the conclusion that our bloodlines
However, whilst at a show I was talking to (the late) Sandra Tonkyn, who at the time had
a lovely merle Ch Cardigan Corgi and on hearing of our problem, she related her own
experience. Not only had her cavalier failed when mating some bitches, but some of her
bitches had also not conceived. She, in turn mentioned her problem to a friend in the
South West, who told her that she also had experienced the same thing. This lady had
been in touch with friends in the USA who told her that she needed to do
a blood test (not a swab) for something called ‘micra-Plasma & Nisseria’.
When UK vets were asked to do this blood test, they were likely to say such a problem
was impossible/unkown in dogs, and that it was only in farm animals. But when we
consider that many dog shows are held on land where Agricultural events also take
place, it is not so silly as they made it sound.
Alexandra had the blood test and it was proven the US advice was valid, and so her
dogs were treated accordingly, with success to the extent that her dog stopped firing
blanks and her bitches producing litters. She went to the vets, they in turn doubted her
but did the blood tests, and then admitted they were amazed but the tests had shown the problem!
The treatment is not so cheap, as one does not just deal with the dogs you
wish to use in breeding but you must dose all. Dose up all your stock even castrated
dogs and spayed bitches, for they can carry the infection, and if not treated can then
pass it back to others on your property. Because I stayed in the South with her and she
came up to me at times and our dogs all mixed together, mine also all had to be dealt
with. So ten little Hungarian Pulis were dosed with a broad spectrum anti-biotic as a first
step, when her bitch came into season she was immediately put on a course of ‘BAYTRIL’. It worked!
In short the litter this mating produced the next generation of ‘Loakesparks’
And in watching them, all I could think about was that it would have been impossible had
there not come the advice from the US. I hope this may be of help to others who are
feeling somewhat desperate.
Taken from an article written by Ann Arch for the Swedish Vallhund Society newsletter 2005.