Vet-Repro Reproductive Specialists
“Transcervical” (Latin for “beyond the cervix”) insemination (TCI for short) involves the deposition of semen in the uterus, as opposed to traditional vaginal artificial insemination (AI). A special camera called a ureterorenoscope is advanced into the bitch’s vagina and using the HD video feed is guided forwards to the level of cervix.
A narrow catheter is then passed down a long channel in the camera and directed through the cervix into the uterus. Semen is then delivered via syringe through the catheter and into the uterus, and from there the sperm complete a much shorter, less challenging journey to the oviducts (fallopian tubes) where fertilisation takes place.
The procedure takes about 20-30 minutes and is well tolerated by most bitches. If your bitch is nervous or restless, we can use some short-acting sedation to calm her down prior to the procedure. We always analyse the semen immediately before insemination to ensure we are happy with it and this is included in the TCI price.
Do you need advice, or would you like to discuss if the procedures we offer are right for you and your pet? We’re friendly and would be happy to help.
Identifying the point at which a bitch ovulates in her cycle is called ovulation timing. It is a critical piece of information when choosing when to mate;
Transcervical insemination has been proven to result in higher pregnancy rates and larger litter sizes than traditional vaginal artificial insemination.
Management of Seasons
Whether your bitch’s seasons are regular or irregular, there are a wide range of options available to postpone them – either briefly or for a prolonged period – without any lasting effects on future fertility.
Pseudopregnancy is a completely normal phenomenon. All bitches that don’t fall pregnant during their season, experience a period of pseudopregnancy.
Heat induction is the advancement of a bitch’s season so it occurs sooner than would be anticipated based on her previous pattern of seasons.
Pregnancy diagnosis by ultrasound scan can be performed from around 21 days of gestation. It is quick and non-invasive.
Breeding soundness examination and certification
A certificate is available to owners of breeding animals to show an examination has been performed at a reproductive specialist establishment.
Animal Infertility investigations
We have the knowledge, expertise and state-of-the-art equipment needed to get to the bottom of every animal’s fertility conundrums.
We can review your animal’s full clinical history, discuss the case with your vet, and produce a written course of action.