How Much Is Artificial Insemination For Dogs?

Firstly, before considering how much it costs to artificially inseminate, you must ensure your female is ready to be mated. Signs of this vary from not only breed to breed, but also amongst a specific breed.

Canine Scanning have prepared a thorough guide to artificial insemination, including costs, extra fees, progesterone tests, and more. Read below for more information

How Much Is Artificial Insemination?

Signs Your Dog Is Ready To Be Mated

Interestingly, if you have a male stud dog, you will often see them do something called a ‘love dance’, referring to the male’s movement when near a bitch in season.

One of our first stud dogs, Captain Jack, was renowned throughout the U.K’s pug breeders for his amusing moves. After sniffing a bitch in heat, Jack’s head would raise, and his ears pin back, and like a child playing hopscotch, he would skip throughout the garden, with not a single care in the world.

The bitch should also show signs of ovulation; upon stimulating the area around the vulva, her tail should move from left to right (dependant on the position of stimulation). When presented with a male, she should stand for him.

When Should I Mate My Dog?

Predicting the period of ovulation is a challenging task. There have been many cases of customers visiting us with a dog they believe to be ovulating; however, upon testing her progesterone, we were able to confirm that the dog was very far from being ready.
We highly suggest that you ovulation/progesterone test your bitch from day 7 of her season. This allows us to gather a baseline level and to monitor her levels further. Once the results hit a certain figure, we can provide a 2-day time window to mate her. It is important to get this right, as this can make or break a litter.

When Should I Mate My Dog?
How Much Does Artificial Insemination Cost?

How Much Does Artificial Insemination Cost?

As soon as your dog is ready to be mated, you can artificially inseminate her. The cost of this is £40. Not only does it ensure your dog is under the least amount of stress, but it is also a much quicker and cleaner method of mating.

Natural ties can often last upwards of 1 hour, which can be stressful for plenty of females, whereas the typical artificial insemination is completed within 10-15 minutes.

How Is Artificial Insemination Done?

During the artificial insemination procedure, the male is sexually stimulated using the vulva of the female. This produces a natural response to mount the female. Whilst mounted, the ejaculation should enter a collection sheathe, with care taken to avoid prostatic fluid. Finally, the semen is inseminated into the female using a sterile catheter. It may be held for some time.

As you can understand, the procedure does not require immense pressure, anaesthetic, or extreme handling methods.

How Is Artificial Insemination Done?
Why Is Artificial Insemination Better Than Natural Matings?

Why Is Artificial Insemination Better Than Natural Matings?

Artificial insemination offers numerous benefits over natural matings. Notably, it is cleaner and more efficient than natural ties. As there is no necessary contact between the male and female, it eliminates the passage of STIs. The entire procedure takes just 10-15 minutes, compared to upwards of 1 hour without human involvement.

Not only that, but you can rest assured that the semen is deposited with precision; our team our intensely trained before performing any procedure, with a sincere understanding of canine anatomy.

Here is an article from the BBC describing the introduction of artificial insemination.

How Successful Is Artificial Insemination In Dogs?

The success rate of artificial insemination in dogs depends on the quality of sperm, the monitoring of progesterone, and the clinician performing the procedure. However, it should be noted that conception rates are often as high as 100 percent, assuming diet, sperm, and progesterone level has been carefully managed.

How Successful Is Artificial Insemination In Dogs?
How To Know If A Mating Is Successful?

How To Know If A Mating Is Successful?

Typically, after 2 successful artificial inseminations, you will see quick results. To elaborate, you may notice your dog becoming more lethargic as the days pass by. Moreover, her stomach size may grow, and swelling of the nipples may occur. The behaviour and attitude of your bitch can begin to change just one day after breeding.

Further down the line, at around 21-days, it is strongly recommended that you perform an ultrasound scan on your bitch to ensure she is not infected with pyometra and for a full assessment of her health to be performed.

Artificial Insemination for Dogs

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