Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Before I bred Nikon he went to the repro vet for his brucellosis test and the vet collected him to "clean him out" and evaluate the sperm. They are looking for count and motility. You want a good count but they also have to be swimming. At the time the vet said everything looked great, count was great and overall he rated it "9.5 out of 10 but I never give a 10". I don't have any actual numbers, just took his word for it. We did an AI with fresh chilled semen recently and the semen was evaluated before it shipped. This time the vet said it was "about 75-80%" which is not bad, but not as good as it's been in the past. The vet said it could be a change with age, or not having been "cleaned out" (or bred) in almost a year. He said the count was great and he was able to collect a "large volume" of semen, but that some of the sperms were curled up, not dead but the tail was not swimming and if they don't swim they're as good as dead. When the semen was implanted, they gave it an 80% on their end even after being shipped overnight, were impressed with the volume, and my vet said sometimes the extender it's shipped in can help the immobile sperm uncurl.
If my dog's quality is declining due to age, I will have to decide whether to have him collected and frozen. If so I will get him cleaned out a week or so before they start collecting.
That's about all I know about dog semen!
Coke (All-American 7/7/06)
Nikon (GSD 9/7/08)
Indy (All-American 5/10/12)
Legend (GSD 10/22/13)
Rainbow Bridge Kenya (GSD)
Last edited by Liesje; 05-21-2014 at 10:39 PM.