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I just got my dogs Lucys results from a progesterone test.

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I just got my dogs Lucys results from a progesterone test. Her reading was a 2. She came into heat 5 days ago. At what reading on the progesterone test do we breed? It will be with frozen semen
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi Sir or Madam,
My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
When you are using frozen sperm it is best to do not to do a vaginal insertion as there is only about a 20% chance of successful conception according to some studies. Frozen sperm should be deposited via transcervical intrauterine insemination for the highest chance of conception. Read more on this here:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11787172
You can read more on methods of insemination here:
http://www.apps.akc.org/classic/vetoutreach/headlinenews_13.cfm
If the progesterone level is at 2.0 ng/ml that should signal the LH surge. Normally the breeding should be when the levels are at 5.0ng/ml (generally a couple days post lh surge). Read more on this here:
http://www.labbies.com/reproduction1.htm
For the increased success rate of an intrauterine insemination, I'd go ahead and have your vet perform the AI in this manner. Hopefully you are planning that.
I hope you found my reply helpful. If you need further clarification or more information, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.