We perform several different types of artificial insemination in bitches. First, is the traditional vaginal method; where fresh semen is placed in the vagina next to the cervix using a pipette. Next, is surgical artificial insemination. Our veterinarians place semen directly into the uterus via a small abdominal incision. This method is used for insemination with chilled or frozen semen.
This is accomplished with two main methods. Pregnancy can be detected earliest using an ultrasound. We typically ultrasound around 30 days gestation. This allows for the best viewing of fetuses present and can also allow for viewing of fetal heartbeats. For later detection of pregnancy, radiographs can be done after 45 days of gestation. This method gives the most accurate puppy count.
Semen Collection And Evaluation
This service allows us to collect semen for artificial insemination and then evaluate the quality of the collected semen. Semen is evaluated for color, volume, concentration, motility, and morphological abnormalities.
Semen Freezing And Storage
We are pleased to offer this service to stud dog owners who would like to preserve breeding doses of semen for future use. To accomplish this, semen is collected and evaluated for quality. Then, we freeze the collection using proven extenders for maximum viability of thawed semen. Straws of semen obtained can then be stored on-site for years in liquid nitrogen. We are also able to offer shipping of collected and frozen semen across the United States. *This requires a consultation with our reproductive technician prior to scheduling this procedure