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Artificial Insemination for Pets

Artificial insemination is an alternative way to breed animals. Our veterinarians can help you determine if artificial insemination is the best method of reproduction for your pet.

Why would my pet need artificial insemination?

When natural mating is not possible or preferred, some pet owners turn to artificial insemination to breed animals.  Artificial insemination benefits include increased conception rates and increased safety of the animals involved.

When can my pet be artificially inseminated?

The perfect time to inseminate your pet will depend on the breed and age of the animal. Other factors your veterinarian will take into consideration are the female animal’s fertility cycle, and the quality/count of the male animal’s sperm. The option of freezing or chilling semen allows flexibility in the artificial insemination practice.

Since each pet is different, your veterinarian will advise you as to the optimal time for your pet to inseminate (typically 5 – 7 days before the start of the female animal’s cycle).

How will my pet be artificially inseminated?

Artificial insemination can be completed with fresh, chilled, or frozen semen. Techniques include vaginal insemination, trans-cervical insemination, and surgical implant.

Your veterinarian will recommend the best method of artificial insemination after examining your pet.