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180 East Bromley Lane

Brighton, Colorado 80601

303-659-2472

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Q & A- FAQ

We have put together our most Frequently Asked Questions. They are broken down into sections to make your question easier to find. Please click on the appropriate area for your question or feel free to scroll down through them. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please feel free to either call us at (303) 659-2472 or email us at [email protected].

CONTACTING US

How do I contact you?

Mail: Brighton Animal Clinic

180 E. Bromley Lane

Brighton, CO 80601

Phone: (303) 659-2472

Fax: (303) 637-7697

Email: [email protected]


DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE CLINIC

From Interstate 25

  • Exit I-25 at the Brighton/Highway 7 exit
  • Go East on Highway 7 to US-85 South – 8.8 miles
  • Merge onto US-85 South to Bromley Lane – 1.0 mile
  • Turn left onto Bromley Lane to 180 E. Bromley Lane – 0.3 miles

    The clinic is on the Right just past Wal Mart.
    Look for the giant yellow fire hydrant out front!

From Interstate 76

  • Exit I-76 at Bromley Lane
  • Go West on Bromley Lane to 180 E. Bromley Lane – 3.6 miles

    The clinic is on the Left just past the King Soopers Shopping Center.Look for the giant yellow fire hydrant out front!

From E-470

  • Exit E-470 at the Brighton/US-85 North exit
  • Take US- 85 North to Bromley Lane – 7.5 miles
  • Turn Right on Bromley Lane to 180 E. Bromley Lane – 0.3 miles
    The clinic is on the Right just past Wal MartLook for the giant yellow fire hydrant out front!

RADIOGRAPHS/ULTRASOUND

Q. I have an appointment for a PennHIP/OFA radiograph. What do I need to bring with me to the appointment?
A. You will need to bring a copy of the AKC Registration Papers for the dog. You will need to fill out paperwork when you arrive before we can take the radiographs. Please arrive a few minutes early so that you can get the paperwork completed. You will need to bring a check to pay OFA for the reading fees in addition to your form of payment to Brighton Animal Clinic.
Q. Do you use anesthesia when doing the radiographs?
A. If requested, we make every attempt to take radiographs with out sedation. However, sometimes the dog just will not cooperate and in order to take them, we would need sedation. There is a charge for sedation. If the owner is adamant about not wanting sedation, the appointment may have to be rescheduled for another time if the dog will not cooperate.
Q. Why do I need a credit card to make a radiograph appointment?
A. We ask for the credit card to hold your appointment as we are blocking out an hour of our time in order to do the radiographs. If you fail to show for your appointment or cancel the day of your appointment, there is a $100.00 cancellation fee that will be charged to the credit card.
Q. When should I get an ultrasound done to confirm pregnancy?
A. We recommend that you get an ultrasound to confirm pregnancy between day 27 and day 30 after the bitch is bred.

OVULATION & BREEDING

Q. What is the importance of ovulation timing?
A. Ask yourself the question: “How bad do I want puppies”? Ovulation timing is done so that the semen is placed in the bitch at the optimum time in order to increase the chance of conception. With ovulation timing, we are trying to confirm the LH surge and when the bitch ovulates. Ovulation timing is very important for both chilled semen and frozen semen as there is a shortened life for the semen once it is inseminated into the bitch. Ovulation timing is also important if you have not been able to get your bitch pregnant. It can tell us if there a problem with her reproductive cycle that could be causing her not to get pregnant.
Q. What is the cost for a progesterone test?
A. The cost for your first progesterone test is $ 120.00. Any subsequent ones are $ 70.00.
Q. How long does it take to get progesterone test results?
A.

Here at our facility, we have a miniVidas machine on the premises and can have results in about an hour! Sending out progesterone to a commercial lab such as IDEXX can take from 24 to 72 hours to get results. At the initial stages of testing, the delay in getting results is not such a big thing, but as it gets closer to the time to actually do the insemination, 24 hours can be enough of a delay to not get the bitch successfully bred. If you are in an area that it takes longer than 24 hours to get results, you can have your vet send the samples to us by FedEx Overnight to do the testing for you. From the time we get the sample, we can have the results in about an hour. In order for us to do your testing for you, you need to have your vet draw the blood, spin it down, chill the serum and send it to us by FedEx Overnight on ice. You need to complete a Progesterone Level Request form and enclose it with the sample. You can find this form on the FORMS & LINKS dropdown menu above.

If we are going to be doing the insemination of your bitch, we ask that when it is closer to the time to do it that you bring her to us and if needed leave her with us so that we can test and do the insemination when the time is right.

Q. How many progesterone tests do I need to have done?
A. On average, we figure that you will need from 3 to 7 tests in order to estimate LH surge and determine ovulation. Every bitch moves differently through their cycle; in fact, each cycle that a bitch has is somewhat different. We recommend that you get your first test on day 5 or day 6 after seeing discharge.
Q. I am using fresh chilled semen. What is the best method of insemination?
A.

The best method for inseminating fresh chilled semen should be decided by the bitch owner and their veterinarian. There can be many different variables that determine how best to inseminate. The bitch may be a fast mover and you can’t get the semen quick enough to do a Vaginal AI or the time to do the Vaginal AI or TCI is on a Sunday or Holiday and you can’t get the semen delivered. Also, you need to consider the stud dog and his recent history on getting bitches pregnant. Additionally, is it high quality semen? All of these factors need to be considered when determining the best method of insemination.

Q. I am using frozen semen. What is the best method of insemination?
A.

The preferred method of insemination of frozen semen is Surgical. As the semen only lives for 12 hours once it is thawed, you want to ensure that it is with the eggs for as much of that time as possible.

Ideally, if you have access to 2 breeding units of frozen semen, a TCI one day followed up by a Surgical 12 to 18 hours later works well. This way, you have semen fertilizing the eggs for 24 hours.

Q. What is the difference between a Vaginal AI and a TCI?
A.

A Vaginal AI is when the semen is placed in the bitch with a pipette. The pipette is inserted into the bitch as far as it can easily be inserted and then the semen is released in front of the cervix.

A TCI is when the semen is placed into the bitch using an endoscope. With the endoscope, we are able to go into the vaginal vault, visualize the cervix and pass a catheter through the cervix so that the semen is deposited into the uterus.

Q. What is the difference between chilled semen and frozen semen?
A.

Chilled Semen is semen that is collected elsewhere, has extender added and then cooled down and shipped overnight in special packaging for insemination into the bitch. At the time we receive the semen, there is a window of 24 to 48 hours in which the semen will live and fertilize the eggs.

Frozen Semen is semen that is collected and frozen for storage either with us or at another center. The semen is shipped in a Dewar that is charged with liquid nitrogen. The frozen semen can be shipped for use when the timing is correct. You don’t have as great of a worry about weekend and holiday breedings as the semen can be shipped whenever. Upon thawing frozen semen it will live and fertilize eggs for only 12 hours.

Q. Where can I order the shipping packages used to ship chilled semen?
A. We sell the ICSB Puppy Paks at our facility. You can order from us directly and have them shipped to the stud dog owner or their veterinarian. The cost of the Puppy Pak is $58.50. We keep several on hand at all times. You can download a Puppy Pak Order Form on the FORMS & LINKS dropdown menu above. Completely fill out the form and mail or fax it to us and we can ship to the location you specified on the form.
All prices quoted are current as of 11/1/2016 and subject to change at any time.
Q. How do you ship chilled semen?
A.

We ship Chilled Semen via FedEx First Overnight. The delivery time for the semen varies from area to area but generally it should arrive before noon. Saturday Delivery is not available to all areas. Also, you can not get FedEx delivery on Sundays and Holidays. FedEx shipping charges are charged directly by FedEx to the credit card that you provide.

If Sunday or Holiday delivery are required, you need to make arrangements for counter-to-counter shipment with an airline. This service is not available in all areas. Most airlines require that you be a “Known Shipper” in order to ship packages in this manner. It is the responsibility of the stud dog and the bitch owners to find a “Known Shipper” if they are not one themselves. In some cases, FedEx can act as a “Known Shipper” but you will need to contact them to find out if it is available. Please be advised that his method of shipping semen can be quite costly.

Q. Can I ship chilled semen internationally?
A. It is not recommended to ship Chilled Semen internationally except to Canada. Chilled Semen is very time sensitive and every country has the right to hold any package at Customs. It has been our experience that it takes a minimum of 3 days for semen to arrive internationally. Due to the shortened life of chilled semen, it more than likely would not be viable for getting a bitch pregnant upon arrival.
Q. Can I ship to or import frozen semen from other countries?
A.

Many countries will allow the shipping of frozen semen across their borders. Each country has their own set of rules and regulations concerning frozen semen. There are no issues with shipping semen into and out of Canada at this time. Shipping internationally to other countries requires a lot of advance planning. It can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months to ship semen internationally depending on the regulation for the country that the semen is going. If you visit www.ik9sb.com, they list several countries and the basic requirements for those countries. It is the responsibility of the person wanting to ship the semen to contract the appropriate consulate for the country that the semen is going into or out of to get a copy of the current regulations for that country. Several countries require quarantines and specific testing be done on both the semen and the stud dog in order to import the semen into their country.

Once the semen is shipped it can take anywhere from 3 days to more than a week for the semen to reach its destination. The quickest we have had semen arrive internationally is 3 days. Every country has the right to delay any package at Customs. Once the package is picked up by FedEx, we have no control over the time that it takes.

Shipping semen internationally can be very expensive. If at all possible, you might want to try and combine your shipment with someone else’s in order to reduce the costs. We generally will contact another ICSB location to see if they have anything scheduled to go out in order to help reduce costs on international shipments. Some countries do impose a duties and taxes on the semen when it comes into their country. This dollar amount can run several hundred dollars and is the responsibility of the semen owner to make sure that is paid.

Q. How long will chilled semen live in the bitch once it is inseminated?
A. Chilled semen will live from 24 to 48 hours once the package is received. The actual time that the semen will live in the bitch will depend on the time of day the semen was collected, how long it actually takes to get to its destination after collecting and how soon it is inseminated into the bitch once it arrives. In some cases, it is possible to extend the life of the semen before it is inseminated by adding additional new extender once it is received.
Q. How long will frozen semen live in the bitch once it is inseminated?
A. Frozen semen will live for approximately 12 hours once it is thawed.

FREEZING & STORING SEMEN

Q. Why freeze and store canine semen?
A. There are many reasons at to why people freeze and store canine semen. Is there a lot of call for your stud’s semen? Is you stud out on the road for shows and trials or is traveling internationally? Is there a history of sudden infertility in the line? Is your stud nearing the end of his reproductive prime? Many people like the security of knowing that they have insurance if something should happen to their stud dog.
Q. How do I know if my dog is a good candidate for freezing and storing his semen?
A. Ideally, you would want to freeze and store your stud’s semen when he is in his reproductive prime. This is generally between 2 and 5 years of age depending on breed. We have been able to get excellent semen from a dog as old as 14. We do a semen evaluation at the start of the freeze process to make sure that they are a good candidate for freezing.
Q. How much does it cost to freeze semen?
A.

The basic price to collect and freeze semen is $ 350.00. This price includes file set up and reporting to appropriate registries, the first year of storage and first 4 (FOUR) breeding units that are collected. Any additional breeding unit over 4 that we get and you want to keep would cost $ 60.00 each to purchase and store.

If you desire to have an additional collection done on your dog, the basic price is $240.00. This includes the first 4 (FOUR) breeding units that are collected on the additional collection. Additional breeding units cost $ 60.00 each. If your total number of breeding units for a dog goes over 25, there are additional storage fees that apply.

You can find a more detailed Fee Schedule for Collecting and Freezing Semen on the FORMS & LINKS dropdown menu above.

Q. How much does it cost to store semen?
A.

The yearly cost of storage for frozen semen is $ 65.00 per year for each 25 breeding units that you have stored for a specific dog.

You are billed annually in the anniversary month of the first collection for a specific dog.

All prices quoted are current as of 11/1/2016 and subject to change at any time.

Q. How long does it take to collect and freeze semen?
A. The complete collection and freeze process takes approximately 1 hour to complete. The actual participation required of the stud dog and owner/handler is approximately 20 minutes. That amount of time includes the actual collection, semen analysis and an estimate of the number of breeding units that we can possibly end up with. After we have completed the analysis and estimate, the owner/handler and dog do not need to remain. We will contact the owner with the final totals when completed.
Q. How do I make an appointment?
A.

To make an appointment, please call us at (303) 659-2472. It can sometimes be more than a week before we can get your appointment scheduled. At the time you make your appointment, we require a credit card deposit of $100.00. If you do not show up for your appointment or cancel without 24 hours notice you forfeit your deposit.

After making your appointment, make sure you get all the forms and information together that you will need to bring with you to your appointment. The Authorization to Collect and Freeze Semen form is on the FORMS & LINKS dropdown menu above.

Q. What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?
A.

You will need to print out and complete an Authorization to Collect and Freeze Semen form on the FORMS & LINKS dropdown menu above. In addition, you need to bring a copy of the registration papers for the dog and if you have previously had a DNA profile completed we need a copy of that too. If you do not have a DNA profile, we have the AKC testing kits and can do it for you at your appointment. There is a $ 50.00 fee payable to AKC for the DNA profile.

Q. How long will my semen last in storage?
A.

As far as it is known, it will last indefinitely. To date, a breeding has been successful with semen that was stored for 30 years!

Something that many people do not take into consideration is what to do with the semen if something should happen to them. You should think about the future of your semen. Please let us know in writing what is your intent should something happen to you.

Q. How is the semen stored?
A. The semen is stored in vials/breeding units in liquid nitrogen tanks. The tanks are refilled monthly. Storage is not dependent on electricity so you do not have to worry if the power goes out.
Q. How do I utilize the semen once it is stored?
A.

No semen will be released unless we have received a signed Authorization to Release Frozen Semen form. You can get this form on the FORMS & LINKS dropdown menu above. Even if you are utilizing the semen for yourself, we will need one of these forms completed.

We require a 7 business day notice in order to process and ship the semen. Less than a 7 day notice will incur additional release charges of us to $ 125.00.

Standard Release Charges

- Semen Prep and Release Fee $ 70.00

Shipping set up/processing and reporting release to appropriate registry

- Dry Shipper Rental (up to 7 days) $ 60.00

Additional days over 7 are $ 10.00 per day

- Estimated FedEx Shipping Charges $ 180.00 to $ 250.00

Shipping charges are for delivery of semen and returning the Dry Shipper to us

Less than 7 days notice can and will incur additional release fees of up to $ 125.00

Unique circumstances may require special handling and additional fees

Fees for International Shipments are higher

A more detailed Fee Schedule for Release of Semen can be obtained on the FORMS & LINKS dropdown menu above.

All prices quoted are current as of 11/1/2016 and subject to change at any time.

Q. Who has access to my semen?
A. You are the only person who has access to your semen. You do have the option of completing paperwork that gives another person authorization to utilize your semen at any time. Please contact us to get a form to authorize others to have access to your dog’s semen.
Q. How much are the release fees and shipping for frozen semen and who is responsible for paying them?
A.

Generally, the bitch owner is responsible for any release fees. However, that is between you and the bitch owner.

Standard Release Charges

- Semen Prep and Release Fee $ 70.00

Shipping set up/processing and reporting release to appropriate registry

- Dry Shipper Rental (up to 7 days) $ 60.00

Additional days over 7 are $ 10.00 per day

- Estimated FedEx Shipping Charges $ 180.00 to $ 250.00

Shipping charges are for delivery of semen and returning the Dry Shipper to us

Less than 7 days notice can and will incur additional release fees of up to $ 125.00

Unique circumstances may require special handling and additional fees

Fees for International Shipments are higher

A more detailed Fee Schedule for Release of Semen can be obtained on the FORMS & LINKS dropdown menu above.

All prices quoted are current as of 11/1/2016 and subject to change at any time.

Q. How do you ship frozen semen?
A.

We ship our frozen semen via FedEx Overnight. It is shipped in a liquid nitrogen Dry Shipper Dewar. In ideal circumstances, the Dewar should hold its charge for up to 28 days if it is left sealed and unopened. The shipment is insured for $ 1000.00 that only covers the loss of the Dewar. If you desire additional insurance let us know on the Authorization to Release Frozen Semen form that you send to us authorizing the shipment. If you have a FedEx Account you can provide us with that info for the shipping charges.

Please remember that when shipping frozen semen, you are paying shipping on getting the semen to its destination AND returning the tank to us.

Q. I have been contacted by someone who wants to use my frozen semen. What do I need to do?
A. As soon as you can after being contacted by the bitch owner and working out your stud agreement, send us a completed Authorization to Release Frozen Semen form that you can get on the FORMS & LINKS dropdown menu above. In order to reduce any additional fees for release of the semen, you need to get the completed form to us as soon as you can. You may fax it to us at (303) 637-7697 and then drop the original in the mail to speed up the process.
Q. I no longer want to keep my frozen semen. How do I authorize its destruction?
A.

Complete a Request to Destruct Semen form that you can find on the FORMS & LINKS dropdown menu above. You can fax the completed form to us at (303) 637-7697 to start the destruction process. There is a $ 25.00 fee to destruct your semen and report it to the appropriate registry. At the time of the destruction, all current storage fees due will be removed and you will be charged the destruction fee.

Q. I have sold some or all of my semen to someone else. How do I transfer ownership?
A. If you are releasing the semen to someone that is purchasing the semen from you to use on an undetermined bitch at some point in the future, fill out a Transfer Semen Ownership/Transfer Storage Facility form that you can get on the FORMS & LINKSdropdown menu above. Please completely fill out the form (it is a 2 page form) and then either mail it to us or fax it to us at (303) 637-7697. We will start the transfer process upon receipt of the completed form. If the form is not completely filled out, we will not start the process until we have been contacted with the missing information.

Fill out the Semen Owner section with your information and complete the Dog Information section. Please indicate how much semen is being transferred and if applicable from which collection date. Fill out the New Owner section. We need to know if the new owner is going to be storing the semen with us or if they are transferring to another facility. If the semen is going to be stored at another facility, you must also complete the New Storage Facility information section. Please indicate how the semen is to be shipped: either individual doses or bulk vials as this makes a difference in the cost. Make sure you sign the form and fill out the payment information. This payment information is where we will be charging the New Account Set-up Fee (only if leaving the semen with us; $45.00 plus first year of storage) and any associated prep and shipping fees if applicable. Please note: If you are transferring all your semen to someone else, there is a fee of $ 25.00 for processing the paperwork to close your account and report the transfer.

Transfer Fees

- Semen Prep Fee, Individual Doses $ 25.00/dose (minimum of $70.00)

- Semen Prep Fee, Bulk Vials $ 70.00/each block of 10 individual doses

- Dry shipper Rental $ 60.00 for up to 7 days

- Estimated Shipping Charges $ 180.00 to $ 250.00

- Stat Prep Fee up to $ 125.00 for less than 7 day notice

If new owner is going to continue storing semen with ICSB-CO:

- File Set Up/Reporting Fee $ 45.00

- First Year Storage Fee $ 65.00 for each 25 vials/breeding units


If this transfer depletes the semen stored for this dog:


- File Closure/Registry Reporting Fee $ 25.00

All prices quoted are current as of 11/1/2016 and subject to change at any time.

Q. I want to transfer some or all of my semen to another storage facility. How do I do that?
A.

Print and complete a Transfer Semen Ownership/Transfer Storage Facility form from the FORMS & LINKS dropdown menu above. Mail or fax the completed form to us. All the information must be included on the form in order for us to start the transfer process. You do not have to complete the New Owner section as ownership is not changing. Less than 7 days notice will result in additional release fees being charged.

Transfer Fees

- Semen Prep Fee, Individual Doses $ 25.00/dose (minimum $70.00)

- Semen Prep Fee, Bulk Vials $ 70.00/each block of 10 individual doses

- Dry shipper Rental $ 60.00 for up to 7 days

- Estimated Shipping Charges $ 180.00 to $ 250.00

- Stat Prep Fee up to $ 125.00 for less than 7 day notice

- File Closure/Registry Reporting Fee $ 25.00
All prices quoted are current as of 11/1/2016 and subject to change at any time.

Q. I have my semen stored elsewhere and want to transfer it to your facility. What do I need to do?
A. You will first need to contact the facility where it is currently stored and ask them what you need to do to transfer your semen storage to our facility. Once you have started the process with them, contact us and we will get your account set up. Upon arrival of the semen, we will bill you for the Account Set-Up Fee and your first year of storage.
Q. My account is not current. What do I need to do to use my semen?
A. Any client whose account is not current may not utilize their frozen semen. In order to utilize your semen, your account must be current. Depending on what is outstanding on the account, you have need to pay all charges due in order to access the semen.

OTHER SERVICES

Q. Are there other microchip/ID registries besides Companion Animal Recovery?
A. Companion Animal Recovery (C.A.R.) is run and operated by the American Kennel Club. There is also the HomeAgain registry. The main difference that we have been able to determine is that the HomeAgain registry is more expensive than C.A.R. but other than that are the same. We include the fee for registering the microchip with C.A.R. in the cost of the microchip. If you want to register with HomeAgain, there will be an additional fee charged.
Q. Why is it important to update my address and phone number with Companion Animal Recovery?
A. If your animal is ever lost and picked up by someone, they can have most vet offices, shelters or animal control scan for a microchip if there are no tags identifying the animal. When the animal is scanned and a microchip number comes up, it can be called into C.A.R. and they can trace the owner through the information provided when the chip was registered. If you do not update your information with C.A.R., then they will not be able to contact you to get your animal back.
Q. How do I update my information with C.A.R.?
A.

The easiest and fastest way to update your information is to do it via the C.A.R. website. You will find a link to their website on the Forms & Links page. In addition, you can call them at 1-800-252-7894.

Q. Why does the AKC require DNA testing?
A. DNA is an absolute form of identification. Previously, AKC required photographs as a means of positive identification for a dog and as you can imagine, an all black Labrador in a picture looks like all the other black Labradors. The DNA profile is absolute identification if for some reason there is a question as to who is the sire of a litter. You can get more information on AKC and DNA testing by following the AKC DNA link on the FORMS & LINKS dropdown menu above.
Q. My dog is not AKC registered. Do I still need a DNA profile in order to freeze the dog?
A. No, if your dog is not AKC registered it is not required to have a DNA profile in order to breed the dog or collect and freeze their semen. It is recommended however, as it is absolute identification for the dog.