Canine Semen Collection & Assessment
Collection of canine semen allows for assessment of libido and producing ability, followed by visual assessment under the microscope of the quality and quantity of the sample produced.
THE SEMEN COLLECTION PROCEDURE
Semen collection is only a short process and usually takes just 5 minutes. A dog’s sample is separated into 3 fractions, with the second ‘sperm rich’ fraction being the most important as it contains all the sperm! You will be able to visualise the sample alongside us for colour and volume. Then we look at it under the microscope (viewed by you on the microscope screen) to assess the percentage of moving sperm (called ‘motility’).
After this initial assessment we use special procedures to analyse the
number of sperm and determine if they have developmental abnormalities
such as bent tails or abnormally shaped heads. Note that presence of
these abnormalities (called ‘morphological abnormalities’) does NOT mean
that the puppies will be deformed, rather that the sperm will be unable to
fertilise the egg!
All of this information is collaborated in a detailed report and emailed to
you following your appointment.
The presence of a bitch in heat, or ‘teaser bitch’, at the collection greatly
improves both the chances of obtaining a sample and obtaining the highest
quality sample possible (and around 30% more sperm cells).
We therefore only perform semen collections when a teaser bitch is also
available or provided by the client, ideally at around day 10-15 of her cycle.
If you do not have access to a teaser bitch please let us know and we will
add you to our waiting list!
Semen collection & assessment is performed on all samples that are
collected at VRC. For more information on collecting semen for chilled
shipment and dog semen freezing please click on the links!
FROZEN SEMEN INSEMINATION
Please visit out insemination information page to read about insemination of frozen semen via TCI at VRC.