In offering reproductive services, our goal is the same as yours – to help breed a healthy, happy litter. But, sometimes breeding naturally just isn’t in the cards. With today’s technology, we are able to offer artificial insemination to help breeders simulate natural breeding and reproduce healthy pets. If you have any questions, or want to make an appointment to begin the process for your pet, contact our office today.
Methods of artificial insemination
There are several different methods of artificial insemination, each with its own benefits. At our clinic we only offer vaginal artificial insemination. If you are wanting to try another method, we recommend contacting a reproductive specialist to perform these procedures.
Vaginal insemination – Vaginal insemination does not require sedation; it only requires manual restraint. Being the simplest method of artificial insemination, the veterinarian quickly inserts a syringe loaded with semen into the vagina and deposits the semen then withdraws the syringe.
Surgical insemination – During the surgical process pets undergo general anesthesia. The veterinarian makes an incision similar to a spaying incision. Semen is then injected into the exposed uterus with a needle, and the incision is closed. Conception rates via surgical insemination are very similar to natural mating conception rates; it is the most successful form of artificial insemination.
Transcervical/Laparoscopic insemination – Doesn’t require sedation and does not cause damage to cervix, uterus, or vaginal tract. The veterinarian uses a stiff endoscope to visualize the cervical opening and inserts a pliable plastic catheter through the cervix into the uterus and deposits the semen.
If you have any questions about artificial insemination for pets, please contact our veterinary practice.