Canine Reproductive Services

Dr. Brian Jones has a strong special interest in canine reproduction and obstetrics.

We can collect sperm from your stud dog, keep it frozen in store for later use, and/or facilitate the breeding process. The semen is stored in a liquid nitrogen bath at a temperature of -196°C, which keeps the semen viable for an indefinite period of time.

Our reproduction staff is devoted to addressing the concerns and requests of our customers. We offer a wide selection of canine reproductive services to breeders.

Using advanced technology developed through years of research by leading scientists and veterinary specialists, Woodlake Animal Hospital facilitates conception success. We ultilize a system which was designed to include canine-specific freezing processes, storage security and consistent shipping methods designed to protect your dog’s valuable semen.

Dog owners in Oklahoma who wish to breed their Dam with any dog in the world can have semen shipped to Woodlake Animal Hospital and the process can be completed with our state-of-the-art equipment.

If you have any questions about our canine reproductive services, please contact us! Also check out the Frequently Asked Questions below.

  • Why should I freeze my dog’s Semen?
  • What will it cost?
  • How is Semen Collected?
  • What kind of Paperwork and Record Keeping are required to Collect my Stud Dog?
  • What paperwork will be filled out during the first appointment?
  • How long does the collection and freezing process take?
  • How much semen will be stored from each collection?
  • How long will frozen semen stay viable?
  • What are the different Insemination Techniques?
  • Why is ovulation timing necessary?
  • Planning a Frozen Semen Breeding
  • When should the Dam be inseminated?

Why should I freeze my dog’s Semen?

Long Term Storage: To ensure breeding availability for future generations, you should have his semen frozen if your stud has qualities which are valuable. For Breeding When the Stud is Not Available: Live breeding can be limited by the stud’s show or trial schedule, overbooking for the stud’s service or other scheduling conflicts.  The use of frozen semen allows availability during the Dam’s fertile time.

Long-Distance Breeding: Long-distance breedings may be accomplished using semen which has been either fresh-extended or frozen and eliminates the need to transport the Dam or Stud dog.

What will it cost?

Please contact us for specific information on the cost of semen collection and storage.

How is Semen Collected?

Semen is collected from the stud dog by manual stimulation; the different parts or fractions of the ejaculation are collected separately, so that good quality sperm-rich semen is frozen and stored. In general, semen of better quality with higher sperm count is collected when the dog’s libido is high.  Therefore, try to closely approximate a typical breeding situation for each stud: owners are encouraged to provide a Dam in season to use as a “teaser”.  In addition, if the dog associates a particular item with breeding, such as a rug, table, breeding rack, etc., that item should be brought at the time of collection.

What kind of paperwork and record keeping are required to collect my stud dog?

Please bring to First Appointment and maintain copies in your file:

  • A copy of the stud’s individual registration papers.
  • Positive identification such as a tattoo or microchip.
  • A full side profile picture of your dog needs to be brought to the appointment.
  • Completed freezing paperwork.
  • A copy of the DNA Profile for you dog (which is required by AKC).  If you do not have a DNA Profile on you dog, we will submit a cheek swab sample to the AKC so such a profile can be generated.
  • Record of Collection Ownership which include signatures of all owners if different than on registration certificate.
  • Storage Contract

What paperwork will be filled out during the first appointment?

Record of Semen Collection and Freezing which includes stud dog owners(s) signatures and will be filed by collecting veterinarian with the appropriate registration organization. We will also complete a Semen evaluation record.

How long does the collection and freezing process take?

The entire process take 4-5 hours from the time of the collection.  However, clients are present for the first 15-45 minutes only. Expect to spend a little more time during the first visit to take care of necessary paperwork.

How much semen will be stored from each collection?

The quantity of straws obtained is directly dependent of the dog’s sperm count.  The quantity and quality of the semen produced in one ejaculation can vary, sometimes considerably from dog to dog and collection to collection.

How long will frozen semen stay viable?

Researchers have estimated that frozen bull semen will last over 10,000 years, and it is presumed that canine semen has similar storage properties. Canine frozen semen has resulted in successful breedings as much as 28 years later.

What are the different Insemination Techniques?

  • Vaginal Insemination– semen is deposited into the cranial vagina using a rigid pipette
  • Surgical Insemination– Frozen semen is implanted inside the uterus during a surgical procedure and placed closer to the site of fertilization.

Why is ovulation timing necessary?

The bottom line is it improves chances of success. Accurate ovulation timing is essential, since the stress of freezing and thawing decreases the life span of the sperm cells to 12-24 hours once thawed. Daily blood testing is recommended to identify the luteinizing hormone (LH) surge, enabling insemination during the short fertile period of the Dam.

Planning a Frozen Semen Breeding

The use of frozen semen should not be a last-minute thing. Advance notice will:

  • Allow time to prepare all paperwork as required by the AKC or other registration body
  • Ensure availability of shipping containers
  • Allow time for proper packaging and shipping of semen
  • Allow time for proper ovulation timing procedures

When should the female be inseminated?

Your reproduction veterinarian will be key in identifying proper breeding dates.  Information about the date of the LH surge, progesterone levels, type of semen available and breeding method will be considered when determining the optimum time and number of inseminations.