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Pregnancy can be confirmed from 28 days after the last mating, although optimum results are achieved from around day 32 - 35 of your bitch's pregnancy. I can scan earlier than 28 days if you have concerns over an unusual discharge from your bitch OR you had an accurate progesterone test and know the date of ovulation.

The ultrasound procedure is non-invasive and, in most cases, doesn’t require the animal to be shaved nor does it require sedation or an anaesthetic. A probe is covered with water based gel and placed on the animal’s abdomen, emitting an ultrasound wave in order to detect pregnancy.

Please note that any indication of numbers is an estimate as re absorption can occur and not all foetuses may be seen Calcification of foetal bones is around day 45, but can sometimes be seen earlier.

Using top of the range equipment only available to a handful of ultrasound scanners in the UK, I can scan your bitch
and confirm pregnancy from £20 (between 9am - 5pm) or £30 evenings and weekends.

I generally recommend a rescan if your bitch's first scan indicates a single puppy, the bitch has a discharge during pregnancy or she has had previous problems during pregnancy. Some breeders will always have a rescan at around 7 weeks to check all is ok. See a typical 7 week scan here.

I do not offer a progesterone testing service. Note - blood should only be taken from your bitch by a vet, or
veterinary nurse when there is a vet on the premises. A 'fertility clinic' is not a vet practice. I do have some progesterone test kits available which can be ordered free from Idexx. See more here

Estimating numbers

The whole purpose of a scan is to determine whether or not a bitch is pregnant, but everyone wants to know' how many'! I will always give an estimate of exactly what I see on the scan, but this can never be 100% accurate. It is completely normal for more or less puppies to be born than are counted at a scan. This isn't the fault of the machine or the operator. My machine gives very clear images of the fetal sacs, and as such I will always point them out and you can come to your own conclusion as to how many you can see.

Puppy skeletons start to form around day 38 of gestation. Earlier than this it is common for foetuses to fail to thrive and to then be completely re-absorbed by the bitch, leaving no sign that they ever existed. (The British Small Animal Veterinary Association estimate normal re-absorption rates at 5 -11%.) and a scan before 35 days may show foetuses that the bitch later re-absorbs.

Bitches re-absorb puppies, and sometimes an entire litter for many different reasons. She could have hormonal or physical reasons that she cannot maintain a pregnancy, she may be stressed or carrying an underlying health problem/infection. There could also be a problem with the foetuses themselves and some breeds are more prone to re-absorb than others. You should consult with your vet to rule out any underlying medical issues if your bitch re-absorbs an entire litter.

A foetus cannot be regarded as 'viable' unless a heartbeat can be seen on the scan. Even then, there is no guarantee that a puppy will survive through to the end of the pregnancy, they have a long way to go to get to 63 days.

After about day 35 the puppies have grown to a size where they start to overlap each other on the scan, and telling one puppy from another becomes increasingly difficult. Any one puppy may be counted twice, and sometimes hiding behind another and missed.

 






 

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