It is important for stud dog owners to know if their dog has good quality semen, especially as he gets older. Several things can affect semen quality including - mating too frequently, a poor quality diet and certain medications. I prefer to come to the dogs home to collect a sample as they often are more relaxed and perform better. Ideally a teaser bitch should be present when collecting a sample but I have a very successful method that works if a teaser bitch is unavailable. I use extra soft satin feel collection cones which are better for the dog, as the harder plastic cones can cause injury which can result in blood in the sample. Some dogs can also be sensitive and reactive to the poly plastic collection cones. After the initial examination and motility check, the PH of the sample is tested and then the sperm are then immobilised to check morphology.
I can collect a sample or one can be delivered to me if local. I then report on: semen volume & colour, morphology, motility, PH and any bacteria levels present and I can email a short video clip or a screenshot of the semen under the microscope. If the semen quality is low, I can give advice on diet and lifestyle and I also sell products that can help improve fertility in stud dogs. I also offer a semen chill test where the sample is refrigerated for up to 7 days to see if it can withstand being chilled and shipped. If you are considering freezing semen from your dog - do so at a young age as it is very common for dogs over 5 years old to have blood in their semen and the semen can't be frozen if it contains ANY blood. A small amount of blood has no effect on fresh or chilled semen.
New "semen shine" test - I now offer a 100% accurate new test for fresh, chilled and frozen semen which can tell you how long the semen will survive once inside the bitch - 1 hour or between 1-5 days. Most semen looks great under the microscope but this test will tell you how long it will survive after it is inseminated. I can vouch for the test, as I have tried it out on my young dog with success.
Semen evaluation and report - £35.00 / Semen evaluation and chill test - £40.00 / Semen shine test - £30.00
Available September 2021 - New portable semen analyser. ONGO is the first and only automated standalone CASA system in the world that does not require a smart device. With its integrated heated stage, it provides laboratory accurate results and the sample does not have to be diluted before being analysed. Can record video of the semen sample before analysing concentration, progressive motility, total motility etc.