Shelley Drive Animal Clinic offers many options for canine breeding. Our knowledgeable doctors and staff can help you when it comes to sorting out all the details.
We are able to assist you in the timing of breedings by using vaginal smears and in-house progesterone test that offer a real number value.
Several options are available for insemination as well. We offer side-by-side fresh semen collection with artificial insemination. Side by side is done when the sire and dam are both easily available. It is the most successful artificial insemination option since the semen is freshest and we are able to breed the dam multiple times, usually every other day. With this technique, a long pipette in inserted into the vaginal vault and the semen is injected through the pipette. This is the closet to a natural breeding.
We are also able to use shipped chilled semen in this same manner of insemination but generally there are only 2 breeding dates. Timing is much more precise with this type of planned breeding, since semen is not viable for as long and the window of time that the dam is able to conceive is short.
The last method of artificial insemination that we offer at Shelley Drive Animal Clinic is surgical insemination. Surgical insemination can be done with any type of semen, fresh, chilled or frozen. Timing is absolutely critical for this type of breeding to be effective. Usually multiple vaginal smears and progesterone test are required to get the timing exact. Surgical breeding is as the name implies – surgical. General anesthesia is required, then a small incision will be made in the dam's abdominal wall, her uterus will be pulled up and the semen is injected directing into the uterine horns. Your pet will have an incision that will need to be monitored and it is recommended that she be kept quiet for 10-14 days. At that time, sutures can be removed.
We typically refer clients wishing to breed with frozen semen to a freezing center for insemination.