- The thyroid will be checked frequently if the diagnosis is a low sperm count. Thyroid replacement may be recommended in this case. Treatment should continue for six to eight weeks before the sperm count is checked again
- If thyroid replacement does not improve the sperm count, hormone replacement may be considered. Gonadotropins are the usual treatment for stimulating sperm production. After four to six weeks, the semen will be tested again
- If the dog is young, your veterinarian may recommend a “wait-and-see” approach
- If the problem is prostate infection, treatment will consist of antibiotics and hormone therapy
- If there is an abscess in the prostate, the treatment will identical
- If there is a tumor in the prostate, the effectiveness of the treatment will be dependent on the severity of the tumor
Living and Management
It is best to keep dogs that are under treatment away from bitches in season, or in heat. They should not even run in the same yard. If the thyroid was treated and the treatment has been deemed successful, the dog should be watched to be certain the problem does not recur. If the prostrate was the problem, the dog should be watched carefully for a recurrence of the disease. As part of a long term plan, diet and exercise are important for keeping a stud dog in good health.
Something that is not capable of reproducing
The measure of an animal’s sex drive or desire to mate
The sex cell of male animals; created in the testicles
The term for an animal that is ready to mate with a male or in estrus
The white fluid produced by males in the testicles for reproduction
To make an animal pregnant
A medical condition in which the joints become inflamed and causes a great deal of pain.
A female dog that has not been spayed.
The excretion of semen from the reproductive system of the male
A localized infection, usually a lesion filled with pus. Can be large or small in size.