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Cryopreservation of canine semen using a coconut water extender

The long-term storage of frozen semen represents a tool for breeders that want to preserve the genetic potential of their sires. The aim of this experiment was to evaluate the effect of coconut water, egg yolk and glycerol on canine semen cooling and freezing. The sperm rich fraction of 12 dogs was submitted to macroscopic and microscopic evaluation. This fraction was divided into four aliquots and frozen with coconut water extender regarding the presence of egg yolk and glycerol. After cooling, there was no difference among groups. However, after thawing, coconut water plus egg yolk and glycerol (ACGG) was superior than others concerning to sperm motility, vigor and morphological abnormalities. In this group, motility (%), vigor (0-5) and abnormalities (%) were 56.7 ± 16.1, 3.4 ± 0.5 e 23.8 ± 8.4, respectivelly. In conclusion, it is necessary to add egg yolk and glycerol to the coconut water extender to improve the cryopreservation of canine semen.

semen; dog; coconut water; glycerol; egg yolk; spermatozoa

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