Why PetCount?

Artificial Insimination (AI) is becoming an important tool in breeding. Many see it as a way to increase the quality of a breed by overcoming limitations of both time and space. Using PetCount™ you can screen the dog before entering the AI programme.


How to read the result?

The color reaction is a direct result of the number of Progressive Motile Sperm Cells (PMSCs) in the dogs sample. The darker the better. 



Does that mean that if I get a low result my dog cannot be used in breeding?

No. A normal dog (this is not set in stone) should have more than 210 million Progressive Motile Sperm Cells/mL.

However, it does only take one Progressive Motile Sperm Cell to fertilize the egg.

Is the sperm quality always the same?

No, just as seen in humans, sperm quality varies over time. Many factors can have an impact on a dog's sperm quality, such as:

  • time between ejaculations (minimum 48 hours)
  • overall health condition of the dog
  • diseases such as fever have a negative impact on sperm quality 
  • testicular trauma


What to do if the sperm quality is low?

As explained above, variations in a dogs sperm quality do occur naturally. We would suggest that you wait at least 48 hours and then test your dog again.

However, if the dog has been ill then wait 60 days and then test again. It takes 60 days for the testis to produce new sperm cells.