Telephone: 01384 270762 / 07977 155642
Green Gables, 28 The Portway, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 8HB.

email: collielife1@gmail.com

Welcome to Canine Ultrasound Pregnancy Scanning service, I am based in Kingswinford, West Midlands.

Read my story HERE
CANINE PREGNANCY SCANNING IN FOCUS


Please note, I am happy to do mobile visits, but it is preferable if you can come to me, as opposed to me visiting you at home. I have better facilities at my premises, with two viewing monitors, and dogs are usually quieter away from their own environment, and you get better scan images.

NOTE - DURING COVID RULES AND LOCAL LOCKDOWNS IT IS PREFERABLE CLIENTS COME TO ME WHERE
I CAN FOLLOW COVID PREVENTION AND CONTROL MEASURES.
IF YOU NEED A MOBILE VISIT, I WILL NEED TO KNOW IF YOU ARE IN A COVID LOCKDOWN AREA.

Pregnancy can be confirmed from 28 days after the last mating and although I have seen puppies from as early as day 23, optimum results are achieved from around day 32 - 35 of your bitch's pregnancy. I understand owners are often excited about knowing if their bitch is pregnant, but you need to take into account late conception. For this reason, some scanning technicians prefer to wait until day 35.
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I offer a reliable, professional and friendly service using the latest CE Certified calibrated veterinary ultrasound machine.
High resolution Images can be emailed to you as a keepsake. I use a portable machine when doing mobile visits that has the
same images but has the facility to connect directly to wi fi to enable me to email images directly to you from the ultrasound device.
Ultrasound scanning will confirm pregnancy, estimate of litter size, estimated due date, if puppies are viable or there is a possible infection brewing where you will be referred to your vet. Ultrasound scanning is completely painless, no shaving is required and there is no risk to the mother, or the puppies.
I can also scan well behaved cats and rabbits.

More about me HERE

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COVID 19
New measures

Anyone coming into the house must wear a mask please.

Hand sanitisers are available for your use, together with sprays and masks (masks 50p each)
please let me know if you are going to require a mask prior to your appointment.
If you have your own please use it as disposable masks are hard to come by and the price has recently doubled.

My time is valuable, and so is yours, when you make an appointment to see me,
I will commit to being available to see you at the specified time.
In return I ask that if you need to cancel or re-arrange the appointment you give me as much notice as possible.

Thank you for your understanding, stay safe, Julie

Scanning is completely painless, and in our stress free non clincial environment, most dogs relax, but not all as relaxed as Harley above.
Most dogs prefer to stand to be scanned, which is absolutely fine
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Free nutrition advice given with every ultrasound, please enquire before your appointment so I can allow extra time.

 

 

  

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Daytime/evening and weekend appointments available - prices from just £20.

I will never rush the scanning procedure and give you and your dogs plenty of time to settle and be comfortable.

I have clients from Oxford, Telford, Newport, Birmingham, Leicester, Warwick, Stratford, Solihull, Coventry, Stouport, Bewdley, Walsall, and Stafford as well as my immediate area and a 20 mile radius of Kingswinford.

When booking an ultrasound sound for your bitch, please check the credentials of the technician, where they were trained and the equipment used.
There are a number of mobile technicians offering cheap mobile scans using poor quality equipment, usually 'smart wands' which are used in conjunction with their mobile phone/ipad. They often offer the complete service with progesterone testing, AI and microchipping. Unfortunately the training is often not approved by a certified body, their ultrasound machines give poor image quality, and inaccurate results. To the untrained eye a bowel can be mistaken for a fetal sac, and if multiple sacs are not visible straight away, we should always check for a singleton puppy.

I allow an hour between each client, and if breeding is new to you, I am always willing to give advice on the day, and leading up to D Day.

During these difficult times, I am still offering special
daytime rates for Ultrasound Scans
of £20 at my premises only
(at my premises between 11am - 3.30pm)

Evening and Weekends £30
(evenings from 5pm onwards)

Emergency Appointments after 8pm £50

Discount when scanning multiple dogs at same appointment
ie: 2 dogs £30, 3 dogs £45

Ultrasound scans include a written report and scan images when pregnancy has been confirmed
are sent electronically via email


When you make an appointment to see me, I commit to being available to see you at that time. I appreciate emergencies happen, and things something crop up, but a simple phone call or text would be appreciated.
If you do not let me know you are unable to attend, the full amount of the missed scan appointment is due before any further appointments will be offered.

Re-Scan if first scan was negative, or just to check everything going ok later on in pregnancy - recommended from day 50 onwards and free images/videos are sent to your email address as a keepsake from £20

A re scan is always advised when the bitch is carrying just one puppy as this will carry a higher rate of re absorption.

I would also recommend you get your bitch checked if you see a discharge during pregnancy or your bitch has a history of problems.

Mobile charges

Mobile charges are dependent on distance from Kingswinford and start from £40.
I offer a discount when scanning multiple dogs mobile at the same address
(example within 5 miles of DY6 - 2 dogs £60)
Due to timewasters, I require a £20 deposit for all mobile scans.

Post Whelping Scanning to confirm the bitch has completed the birth process.

It is not a regular occurrence, but I have scanned bitches where a puppy has been retained
several hours after she has finished whelping. In all cases the puppy has died and the
bitch has been referred to the vet for a C section.

From £20 if you come to me, but will be dependent on time of day. Emergency callouts are from £50
- please contact me beforehand if you are going to require this service, as
it is always good to know when the bitch is due and when she has gone into labour.

Emergency evening and weekend appointments from £30 - £60 dependent on time of day

 

ADDRESS - GREENGABLES, 28 THE PORTWAY, KINGSWINFORD, WEST MIDLANDS, DY6 8HB

Reasonable steps should be taken to maintain adequate control of your dog during the scan and it is recommended that you have at least a collar and lead available for the appointment.
The average ultrasound probe alone costs over £1000, and an ultrasound machine £3000.


What to expect from a Canine Ultrasound Technician HERE

 

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Please note that any indication of numbers is an estimate as re absorption can occur and not all foetuses may be seen. It is very easy for one puppy to be obscured by another. Ultrasound is 'real time' imaging, the bitch is moving, the puppies are moving and the transducer is moving. Knowing which sac you have already seen and counted is extremely difficult, and with large litters, impossible!

There is always some one who knows a scanning technician who never gets the numbers wrong. However, this is purely guess work based on knowing the breed, the bitch and other bits of history they can glean from you on the bitch and although they have a crystal ball, they do get it wrong.

Most experienced scanners are happy to give you a number range. Particularly when scanning around the 30 day mark, where the sacs are smaller and it is easier to discern one from the next. We are usually comfortable in telling you that you can expect “more than 3” or “between 4-6,” for example. It’s important to realise that even this is not a fool-proof estimate as in the early stages, it’s perfectly normal for a bitch to reabsorb, so that all the puppies seen at the first scan may not continue to progress.

Calcification of foetal bones is around day 45, but can sometimes be seen earlier. Some bitches prefer to stand, some will lie down on their side, and some will oblige by rolling over, each bitch is individual. The further along the pregnancy the better the images, but the less likely you can see more than one or two puppies at any one time due to the size of the foetus. Below is a typical 6 week scan below clearly showing a puppy foetus
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Please see my Facebook Group for more scan images and videos

Scanning will not only confirm pregnancy, but will also identify a phantom pregnancy, which gives you the opportunity to plan ahead. You will want to know if you need to increase your bitch's food, restrict her exercise with other dogs, and maybe even plan show entries. Scanning can also identify if puppies are being absorbed after a pregnancy has been confirmed, and even a possible pyometra infection.

For a discreet and confidential service I am available 7 days a week


Above - A Confirmed case of a potentially life threatening closed Pyometra of a bitch seen 40 days post mating, who was referred to the owners Vet. This shows the importance of having your bitch scanned to confirm pregnancy, or not, as was the case in this instance.

A common reproductive abnormality in dogs is reabsorption of puppies, the bitch’s body actually absorbs the fetal and placental tissue, leaving no sign that puppies ever were present. Reabsorption can happen even after a pregnancy has been confirmed by an abdominal ultrasound and/or by radiography (X-rays). When puppies are reabsorbed, they literally just disappear, and a positive pregnancy does not always result in live puppies.No fetuses or fetal or placental tissues are ever expelled through the birth canal. Read more HERE

Note - any information on this site is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care.
Always follow the advice provided by your veterinarian.


Telephone: 01384 270762 / 07977 155642
Green Gables, 28 The Portway, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 8HB

email: collielife1@gmail.com

 

 

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