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Infertility in Male Dogs



  • 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.



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