How artificial insemination for dogs works

In the last decade, the number of dog breeders turning to artificial insemination for dogs has been on the increase. People are beginning to realise the benefit of artificial insemination for dogs, the stress and inconvenience it mitigates, and the physical obstacles and dangers it helps subdue. In this article, we will briefly outline how the procedure works.

Efficient and straightforward semen collection

Semen from studs can be collected from anywhere in the world, frozen and inseminated into a bitch at any point in the future if stored in the right conditions. Manual extraction of the semen from a stud is straightforward enough for someone who knows what they are doing. Even if the semen degrades during transportation, it still represents a better process than inducing anxiety in dogs through long journeys.

Progesterone testing

Before the insemination procedure commences, fertility clinicians will carry out progesterone testing to determine when the bitch will reach the ideal ovulating stage in her cycle. By testing, you vastly increase the chances of conception.

Transcervical insemination

The primary method employed for artificially inseminating dogs is a non-surgical procedure known as transcervical insemination. The clinician will use an endoscope so they can insert a catheter. They then inject the semen into the uterus through the cervix. Unlike the surgical procedure, this method doesn’t require an anaesthetic for the dog and is relatively stress-free.

If you would like to know more about artificial insemination for dogs and how you can help reduce the risk of disease and anxiety during the breeding process, get in touch with Cavan Fertility Clinic today.