Animal Health Services is the only certified Canine Semen Freezing Center in the North Valley and offers a huge range of reproductive services. Our goal is to provide the progressive breeder access to high quality frozen canine semen preservation and semen storage.
The semen we collect is stored at Synbiotics. Synbiotics is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of veterinary diagnostics and services for veterinary practices, reference laboratories and animal breeders world-wide. With headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, Synbiotics develops and manufactures products from facilities in San Diego, California and Lyon, France. Synbiotics is an American Kennel Club accredited canine semen freezing and storage center.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Do I need to bring any paperwork? Yes – We will mail you the appropriate forms prior to your appointment. We will also need copies of the dog’s AKC (or other organization) registration and front and side photos.
Do you have semen I can buy to get my bitch pregnant? As the semen remains the property of the stud dog’s owner, we do not sell semen. It is the bitch owner’s responsibility to find the stud dog. We may be able to refer them to responsible potential stud dogs owners, but typically that is not done.
Does my stud need to have any tests performed? Yes. A brucellosis test needs to be done, and an AKC DNA profile is required for the offspring to be registerable. These tests can be performed during the semen collection visit.
At what age is best to collect semen from my stud dog? Young dogs typically have better quality sperm. Successful collections can be done on older dogs, but between the ages of 2 – 5 are ideal.
Does it matter if this is my studs first time? If the stud has never been used (bred) or collected, we recommend doing a “clean-out” collection approximately one week prior to freezing. This serves to both remove old, dead sperm from the pipes plus allows us to do a preliminary evaluation and make sure there are no major concerns.
Does it make a difference if it has been awhile since my stud’s previous collection? If he has not been used or collected within the last six months, a clean-out collection should be performed approximately one week prior to the freezing visit.
How long does the collection appointment take? Depending on the dog, typically the appointment time is between 15 and 30 minutes. The staff will then spend time doing the actual freezing process for 3 – 5 hours. Make An Appointment.
How far in advance should I make my appointment? We can usually get you in within 3-5 days. We take appointments Monday through Friday before 11:00am. These times are needed to accomodate the collection, freezing and shipping process.
Can I be present during the procedure? Yes, we encourage you to stay. We find the patient is more comfortable with their owner present.
How many breedings will I be able to get from each collection? The number of breedings obtained will be dependant on the quantity collected, sperm count and motility (percentage swimming). It can vary from zero to 15+ breedings from one collection.
Are samples ever declined or not suitable for freezing? Yes. If the sperm count is too low (it ideally should be close to 100 million sperm/ml), motility is too low (less than 20% are swimming properly) or the sperm don’t survive the freezing process. The older the dog the less likely of obtaining a satisfactory collection, and some medical conditions may affect semen quality.
What do I do when I am ready to use the semen? Contact Synbiotics to arrange shipping. Ideally do this as soon you know it’s going to be used. In some cases we can do storage on-site, but at this time we do not have shipping containers available, so the samples could only be used locally.
How do I know my dog will cooperate with the collection? Usually not a problem! We highly recommend the use of a “teaser bitch” who is in full estrus. If the stud dog owner does not have access to a bitch in heat, we can usually borrow one from a breeder client. The quality of the collection will always be higher with a teaser bitch regardless of the males’ libido.
Is there anything I can do to improve the quality of my stud dog’s semen? Sperm count and motility can be affected by disease, excessive heat, trauma, medications, stress, nutrition, age, libido and other factors. If your dog has been used and not produced puppies, we recommend a complete reproductive examination, which may include semen analysis, bloodwork, ultrasound or other diagnostic measures.
How long is frozen semen viable? Indefinitely. While semen freezing in dogs has only been done for about 25 years, the same technology has been successfully used in horses and cattle for many years. Using almost 20 year old semen we produced a litter of 12 puppies.