Artificial Insemination

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We offer full-service canine reproduction work, equipped with all the latest technology. Artificial insemination, surgical insemination, ultrasound, x-rays, in-house progesterone testing, high-tech semen analysis machine, semen storage and shipping.

Everything under one roof

We offer full-service canine reproduction work, equipped with all the latest technology. Artificial insemination, surgical insemination, ultrasound, x-rays, in-house progesterone testing, high-tech semen analysis machine, semen storage and shipping.

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Dr. Blake Foskey 

Veterinarian

Artificial Insemination FAQs

Artificial Insemination (AI) is assisting in achieving canine pregnancy by means other than natural breeding. This includes either collection of a male dog in the clinic followed by inserting the semen into the female near the cervix, or the sample could be surgically implanted (inseminated) into the uterus. The sample could also be shipped to our clinic from anywhere in the country prior to insemination.
Natural breeding is sometimes not possible due to many factors such as compatibility of the dogs, unwillingness to breed by either the male or female, the ability to breed (such as previous orthopedic injury), or location hurdles (i.e. a breeder deciding to breed a female dog to a male dog in a different region or even state).

Some of the best breeders realize diversifying their genetics is the only way to have the best outcomes. The best animals to bring into their breeding program might not live down the road. It is cheaper and safer to ship semen samples than to ship their valuable animals.

Difficult to answer (so many variables). Vaginal insemination once is different than twice. Fresh semen is better than chilled, which is better than frozen semen. Surgical insemination is only done once but the success rate depends on fresh vs chilled samples as well. The more tests we do to determine the perfect timing, the better our success rates will be.
Traditional (vaginal) Insemination is extremely safe and is done with the female awake/non-sedated. Surgical AI is also safe, but has some risks related to anesthesia. However, it is less risky than a typical spay that is routinely performed by veterinarians, as it is a quicker and less invasive procedure.
Surgical insemination is more effective, but involves anesthesia and therefore higher costs. Vaginal insemination is slightly less effective, but can be performed multiple times in the female’s heat cycle, each insemination increasing our chances of success.
We perform a breeding soundness examination and consultation prior to any AI. Each case is handled specially, but these are safe procedures for most animals.
The female will receive a breeding soundness evaluation, then at the ideal point in her heat cycle, we will perform hormone testing and vaginal swabs to pinpoint the ideal timing for artificial insemination.
We routinely receive shipped semen samples from other states, which can be used for artificial insemination. We also can collect and ship semen samples for insemination elsewhere. We also have a liquid nitrogen semen storage facility for later breedings or shipment to other breeders’ veterinarians.
After AI or natural breedings, we recommend a pregnancy confirmation ultrasound around day 30 from breeding. After confirmation, we will perform x-rays at about day 55 to achieve a puppy count, then schedule the c-sections and give advice on what to do and issues to watch for.
Absolutely! We regularly perform planned c-sections and emergency procedures. However, we are not always available after-hours or during weekends and holidays. We try to plan our artificial inseminations around this, but it is important for owners to have a back-up plan for emergencies.

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