News out today about the first IVF Puppies

The first IVF Dogs have been carried out by Cornell University, find out more from reading the article on Wired UK –

Research in the area has been ongoing since the 1970s, but has only now been successful. The breakthrough was a result of overcoming two problems: collecting mature eggs from a female and making the sperm viable within the body.

 

The first issue stems from the fact dogs’ reproductive cycles are different to other mammals, meaning finding eggs at the right stage of cell maturation was difficult — researchers overcame the problem by leaving the egg for one more day. And the second — the fact that, normally, the female tract prepares sperm for fertilisation — was overcome by adding magnesium to the female’s cell culture.

 

Overall, nineteen embryos were transferred to the surrogate mother, leading to the birth of seven healthy beagle/cocker spaniel mix puppies. And the findings could have “wide implications” for conservation, according to Travis.

 

“We can freeze and bank sperm, and we can use it for artificial insemination,” he said. “Now, we can use this technique to conserve the genetics of endangered species”.

 

The research, undertaken by Cornell University in New York, may now provide breakthroughs in conserving canine species, studying genetic diseases and even using gene-editing technology to eradicate diseases in dogs.

 

 

 

Its coming to that time of year again, so remember a Dog is not Just for Christmas.

Around half of the animals were returned to their original owners, although just under 15,000 needed to be rehomed and, despite the efforts of councils and animal charities, it is claimed 4,231 had to be put down.

 

When dogs are found roaming freely they are usually taken to local kennels. If they are not claimed by their owners within a certain period – usually a week – the kennel will try to find them a new home.

 

The findings should remind those thinking about getting a pet of the saying ”a dog is for life, not just for Christmas”, warned Madeline Pike, a veterinary nurse at Direct Line Pet Insurance.

 

“We urge anyone considering buying a dog for themselves or someone else this Christmas to think carefully beforehand and ensure they are able to care for it.”

 

A stray dog is seized every 10 minutes in the UK, with councils forced to put down thousands of the animals when they cannot be reunited with their owners or rehomed.

 

Remember Folks please please don’t take on a dog unless you are fully aware of what you are getting yourself in to, a dog will bring you years of companionship so make sure that you realise the pro’s and cons of getting a dog.

Love your Dog always and always treat it with love and respect.