The Bitch

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Properly collected and processed chilled semen has a survival time of about 2 – 3 days, before successful insemination of the bitch is hindered.

Semen can be collected, processed and shipped chilled for insemination. This method is very dependent upon the timing of the bitch’s ovulation, which must be accurately assessed.

Advantages of chilled semen use include pregnancy rates similar to natural matings, low cost, and relatively easy insemination of the bitch with equipment in the kit.

There are disadvantages such as the importance of timing of semen collection and shipping to coincide with the bitch’s ovulation, requiring lots of parties to liase. Repeat breedings are difficult when fresh chilled semen is used.

Limitations upon International Shipping, especially at Weekends.

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Remember that is possible to export semen to a bitch standing abroad, with it arriving in locations like Europe in 24 hours. Some countries, such as Sweden , require the stud dog to undergo some blood tests, whose results travel with the semen.

Similarly, chilled semen importation is possible, subject to the correct UK import licence and the stud dog being compliant. This can arrive within 24 hours and it is advisable that courier plans are sorted in good time ahead of requirement.

Insemination with chilled semen can be by simple vaginal AI. Or, more commonly, the bitch can be inseminated by the TCI technique, which places the semen directly into the Uterus.

Timing can be optimised with progesterone testing, and also vaginal smears