Article Text

Download PDFPDF

Who is regulating fertility clinics?
  1. Josh Loeb

Statistics from Altmetric.com

In recent years there has been an explosion in the number of UK clinics offering canine fertility treatments. This prompts a simple question: Why?

The answer would appear obvious. The growing popularity of brachycephalic breeds such as French bulldogs (which frequently prove themselves unable to mate naturally, and which almost always require caesareans in order to give birth) has created a niche to be filled. Start-up costs are low, and there are big profits to be made.

There is an obvious economic logic behind the rise of the canine fertility clinic

Demand for puppies in the UK outstrips domestic supply, with a ‘deficit’ of hundreds of thousands of puppies a year, according to the Dogs Trust. There is, therefore, an obvious economic logic behind the rise of these fertility clinics. Indeed, one might even go as far as to …

View Full Text

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.