I’ve spoken with the vet and we’re all set for Lizzie’s breeding tomorrow morning. After careful consideration, we’ve decided to go with a surgical artificial insemination with fresh semen.
Based upon Lizzie’s age and the fact that her dam had uterine cysts, we (the husband, the vet & I) thought our best chance for puppies would be via a surgical implant. It will give the vet an opportunity to examine the uterus and fixed anything that can/needs to be fixed. It will also deposit the sperm as close to the eggs as possible to increase the chance of fertilization.
I want to address a myth regarding artificial insemination in dogs that I’ve heard: “”There is a higher conception rate doing AI because of the medications given to the dog & the bitch.” NO medications where given to either the stud or to Lizzie prior to breeding. Nothing was done to increase the number of eggs dropped during ovulation and nothing was done to make the sperm into “super-sperm”. Aside from the sperm delivery mechanism, everything is the same for a natural breeding. If I were to do a natural breeding, I would still do progesterone testing to make sure that my bitch was being bred at the right time.
To add to the frenzy of activity in the house, Morganna has started spotting. In order to give poor Bruce a break, we’ll take Morganna a long for the ride. This way there will plenty of motivation for Broker. 😉 We’ll be leading out before 5:30 in the morning, so I’ll try to post when we get home. In the mean time – think fertile thoughts for Lizzie.