Shipping Semen

Shipping Semen | Bulldog Breeding

We use FedEx for cooled semen shipments. All semen collection, packing and shipping costs incurred must be paid for by the bitch owner. We provide receipt and collection via email or text after drop off.

Shipping Semen with FedexIf Saturday delivery is not available where the semen is being sent, you can arrange to have the semen be shipped to the nearest FedEx distribution office and you may pick up the box there. If you are facing a three day weekend or holiday, we will take the best available methods to ensure you receive the semen at the optimal time for breeding. Waiting until the next business day may mean missing the optimum time to breed your bitch. Many of the semen extenders can help the semen survive an extra day as long as the ice packs stay cold. In fact, I have collected a stud on Saturday and shipped by FedEx for a Monday delivery. The semen arrived in excellent condition and the breeding was successful.

In most states, the lab will send results to the vet the following morning, so remember that you lose one day in receiving the test result and it will take a second day to have the semen shipped overnight.

Semen ShippingThe rule is: “Breed your bitch two days after a 5 nanogram reading”, but if shipping semen is impossible because of a three day weekend or holiday, have it shipped as closely to the 5 ng as possible. The bitch should have another progesterone test on Saturday. Ask the vet to call the lab (or have his staff call) to get the results on Sunday morning (Yes, they can do this!) That test result will determine if another collection should be sent on Monday for a Tuesday breeding.

Bulldog Breeding Insemination KitThe semen is collected, mixed with an extender and cooled. Then packaged according to instructions for type of containers used for shipping semen. These Styrofoam boxes are tested to hold at a specific temperature. The semen should not drop below 40 degrees, ideally being held at 45 degrees, so test the internal temperature with a thermometer, you may need to add more insulation between the vial of semen and ice packs in most of the shippers. The vial of extended semen cannot be ‘sandwiched’ between frozen ice packs, it will become too cold and die. Packing instructions for the shipper must be followed closely. It is also crucial that the semen does not become too warm. However, once the container is shipped, we have no control to safe guard it from external conditions.

Bulldog Breeding Semen Shipping KitUsually, the stud owner will take the container to the shipper of their choice. As stated previously, be sure to have the facts on delivery and keep the receipt with a tracking number. The bitch owner will need to order one or two shipping containers with semen extender and ship to the owner of the stud. It’s best to order these as soon as the bitch comes into heat. I usually keep a few available for last minute emergencies, but because the semen extenders have a six month shelf life, I only keep a few on hand. The bitch owner pays all costs pertaining to the breeding, this includes buying the shipping containers, cost of shipping the semen and the fee for collecting the stud dog.

The stud owner will either have to make an appointment with their veterinarian or canine breeding specialist to have the dog collected well in advance to the shipping company’s pick-up time. I recommend having the container at the shipping company at least an hour prior to pick up.

If you have questions, please contact me. I’ll be glad to give you advice to help you have a successful breeding by artificial insemination.

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