Are the Environmental Contaminants to Blame? A Rapid Decline in Male Dog FertilityInk Well Mag March 12, 2017 0 COMMENTS
Researchers at the University of Nottingham revealed that over the past thirty years, male fertility in dogs has experienced a severe decline. The research reveals that the quality of sperm for the stud dogs they studied over 26 years has significantly dropped. This new discovery might be helpful the next time you get your veterinary prescription labels.
The Alarming Findings
The study emphasized a possible connection to environmental contaminants when they studied the chemicals they found in the testes and sperm of adult dogs. Disturbingly, they even found some of these in commercial pet foods. They explain that the concentrations detected had a damaging impact on their sperm function.
The researchers assume that these results may provide facts on the also rapidly declining quality of human semen that scientists are still continually debating.
The Research Process
According to the LED researcher Dr Richard Lea, this was the first ever report of a decline in male dog fertility. They do admit that they would need to undergo more research to demonstrate the connection between human and dog semen decline convincingly. Nevertheless, they pointed out their same response and frequencies to therapies, same environment and the same range of diseases.
Over the course of 26 years, the team based their study on the samples they took from stud dogs at an assistance dogs breeding center. Professor Gary England, the Professor of Comparative Veterinary Reproduction and Foundation Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, supervised the collection of semen. He says that the laboratory which analyzed and processed the samples used the proper protocols and the data they generated was strong.
In time, they will be able to determine the primary source of the environmental contaminants. When that time comes, they will be able to find out whether this has any link with human sperm decline.