Semen collection refers to the process of obtaining semen from male humans or other animals with the use of various methods, for the purposes of artificial inseminationor medical study usually in fertility clinics. Semen can be collected via masturbation  e. The best specimen is produced when a short period of 3—5 days of abstinence is observed.
Semen is easily collected from most dogs if you know how to do it. If you are not experienced or do not know how to take the sample, we recommend that you seek advice with a Vet or Dog Breeder who can then assist you. The dog is encouraged to ejaculate by rapid massage of the bulbus glandis through the prepuce.
Semen is collected from dogs for breeding soundness exams, as well as for artificial insemination. Semen collected for insemination can be used fresh, or can be cooled and shipped to another location. Canine semen can also be frozen, allowing long term storage.
This can then be used for breeding soundness examinations, as well as for artificial or surgical insemination. It is usually best to conduct the test before the bitch is ready for mating. That way, if there is no mobility, there is plenty of time to sort out another stud dog. Semen collected for insemination can be used fresh, or can be cooled and shipped to another location.
There are many advantages to sperm collection. The ability to ship semen across the country and internationally can help promote genetic diversity within a breed. Sperm can be kept frozen for years beyond the life of a dog and used when the right female breeding opportunity comes along.
It boasts a Frozen Semen Newsletter, a mobile lab for on-site sperm collection and clients including police departments and the disabled. With sperm collected from more than dogs from across the nation, Canine Cyrobank is the largest sperm bank for dogs in the West and among the largest in the world. It is one of about a dozen that have sprouted in the United States since the American Kennel Club authorized in the registration of litters produced from frozen semen.
The first recorded and successful artificial insemination AI was performed in the dog in by Spallanzani, the first successful use of frozen canine semen was reported by Seager in However, only in the last two decades AI in the dog became a rather widespread and generally accepted breeding technique. It may be applied for medical reasons, to prevent infections, to overcome travel and quarantine restrictions and to avoid long, expensive and stressful travels with the animals.
Many breeders are very serious when it comes to breeding their dogs. The hobby has proven to be a lucrative one. The process by which most breeders impregnate a female dog can vary from natural insemination to artificial insemination.
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