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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2018, Article ID 9520204, 4 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/9520204
Research Article

Hypospermia Improvement in Dogs Fed on a Nutraceutical Diet

1Ambulatorio Veterinario Città di Fermo, Via Falcone snc, Fermo, Italy
2Ospedale Veterinario Himera, Via Antonio de Saliba 2, Palermo, Italy
3Centro di Referenza Veterinario, Corso Francia 19, Torino, Italy
4Department of Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
5Department of Medical, Oral, and Biotechnological Sciences, Dental School, University G. d’Annunzio of Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy
6Sanypet Spa, Research and Development Department, Bagnoli di Sopra, Padova, Italy
7Research and Development Department, Forza10 USA Corp., Orlando, FL, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Alessandro Di Cerbo; ti.liamtoh@118ordnassela

Received 6 June 2018; Accepted 16 October 2018; Published 1 November 2018

Academic Editor: Juei-Tang Cheng

Copyright © 2018 Francesco Ciribé et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Male dog infertility may represent a serious concern in the canine breeding market. The aim of this clinical evaluation was to test the efficacy of a commercially available nutraceutical diet, enriched with Lepidium meyenii, Tribulus terrestris, L-carnitine, zinc, omega-3 (N-3) fatty acids, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and folic acid, in 28 male dogs suffering from infertility associated with hypospermia. All dogs received the diet over a period of 100 days. At the end of the evaluation period, no adverse effects, including head and tail anomalies percentage onset, were reported. Interestingly, motility percentage, semen volume and concentration, and total number of sperms per ejaculation significantly increased. Further investigations on a wider cohort of dogs might be useful to better correlate the presence of oxytetracycline in pet’s diet and the onset of infertility and clearly assess the action mechanism of an oxytetracycline-free nutraceutical diet.