The collection of canine semen is performed for breeding soundness exams and artificial insemination. Once the semen is collected, it can be used fresh for insemination. Or, cooled and shipped to another location for insemination on another bitch. It can also be frozen for long-term storage and use on a future date.
Semen collection can be conducted in most male dogs without necessarily having an in-heat teaser bitch. The process is usually easier if the male has already undergone semen collection. However, an in-heat bitch can enhance the procedure and ensure more sperm to harvest.
The ideal teaser should be in the oestrus phase, although this may be difficult to achieve considering the length of the canine reproductive cycle. As such, a friendly, non-oestrus bitch usually serves the purposes. The bitch needs to be controlled to ensure that her rear quarters are facing the male.
When an in-heat teaser female is unavailable, an alternative way of stimulating the male is presenting him with a small vaginal swab from an oestrous bitch. Usually, several swabs can be prepared or harvested from an oestrous bitch, frozen, and stored for future use.
To collect semen from the male, emulate the natural process in the form of a tie. From behind we gently pull back and hold above the knot. This, allowing the male to dispense the semen into a collection bag or container from behind his legs.
Some of the important measures taken include the use of another female to encourage sperm quality. Another important aspect is the handling of the semen to prevent damage to the cells.
Last but not least, if trying this at home you need to remember semen is very delicate. With only a short lifespan, we have to inseminate at the perfect time. Semen has to be handled very carefully and inseminated safely. When we mate, depends on the stage in the canine reproduction cycle. To find out the right stage when to breed your bitch, we highly recommend Progestorone blood testing dogs.
Contact Smart K9 Fertility Clinic to assist you solve all your dog breeding issues. Book in with us today for canine semen collection and semen analysis. Ensure you have the right stud dog to produce a quality litter of puppies. We will find out if you are wasting your time and money.