Requirements for Freezing Semen*

Requirements to Freeze Semen


Step 1:  Pre-freeze appointment

Prior to freezing your dog’s semen, we need to see him to complete the following:

  • Perform a physical examination and go over his history to confirm that he is in good health. 
  • If your dog has not been used for breeding in the past month, we would like to collect and perform a complete semen analysis to be sure he has semen of good quality to freeze.  This ensures that any old semen is eliminated and not part of the freeze process.  
  • Collect blood for Brucellosis testing. He is required to have had a Brucellosis test within 90 days prior to freezing semen. (If he has had this done elsewhere, please bring a copy of the results for our records.)

Step 2:  Freezing paperwork

There is a lot of paperwork required for freezing semen.  Once we have received the following information we will schedule your freeze appointment.

  • Copy of microchip number, we will scan day of freezing
  • Copy of his registration papers
  • Copy of his DNA certificate (This can be done on the day of the collection at our clinic. Just a reminder: AKC requires DNA when registering a litter from frozen semen)
  • Copy of his Brucellosis test results (if last test was run more than 90 days ago, we will require one be run in house at time of collection)
If you are sending an agent to handle your dog, the following form is required
Agent authorization for semen collection, evaluation and usage​ FORM #2

Step 3:  Day of the freeze

  • We highly recommend bringing a teaser bitch in season on the day of the collection to improve the semen concentration.  We can supply a teaser with scent, however a bitch of the same breed in standing heat is preferred!



Freezing Semen for an International Shipment 

If you are planning on shipping semen to another country, it is MANDATORY that you talk to the veterinarian receiving the semen. They will guide you to the source of ALL NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION needed to get the semen across customs in that country. Some countries require very specific time sensitive pre-breeding blood testing prior to freezing semen. These results are only excepted from designated laboratories in the United States. England and Australia, for example, require Rabies and other titers done at specific labs at particular time intervals PRIOR to freezing the semen.

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