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Canine Ultrasound Scanning here at The K9 Fertility Centre.

We are trained, qualified and certified in K9 ultrasound scanning and we want to offer the best service possible. We usually carry out the first scan on day 30, this one is purely to confirm that your bitch is pregnant, we can usually offer an estimate of numbers at this time but it is only an estimate as reabsorption can still take place up to day 44. A second scan can be done at your choice but it depends on what it is for, we always say for a peace of mind scan book in for around day 40-45 but this is up to you.

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Pregnancy Scanning For Dogs

When do I book in for a scan?
You should book your Canine Ultrasound Scanning on day 30 of your second mating, this is when your dog would be at around day 30 of gestation. If you have had progesterone testing carried out, you may feel confident about what day your bitch should be at and when to perform dog pregnancy scanning. If you are going by number of days post-mating and your bitch has been bred before you should always use the most recent date of mating. Dogs do not necessarily get caught on the day of mating or canine artificial insemination, which is why you shouldn’t go from the first mating as you could actually end up overestimating her current gestation by up to 7 days.
Here is a short video clip from a client’s scan of their Bulldog on day 49 and as you can see, the heartbeats are clearly visible at this stage.
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You should not have your dog pregnancy scanning done too early, and here’s why:
  • Someone trained in Canine ultrasound scanning should be able to assure you that the unborn puppies are healthy. This is done by not only looking for gestation sacs but by confirming movement and more importantly, heartbeats. Scanning prior to 40 days makes this extremely difficult as seeing a heartbeat at this stage would be almost impossible on most portable scanning machines.
  • Reabsorption can occur. There is no point knowing that your bitch is pregnant at day 20 because if she reabsorbs the litter she would not still be pregnant at day 30. Reabsorption can take place up until roughly day 44 when the skeletal bones are developed

Also having Pet Ultrasound Scanning done too early is a waste of money, because you will more than likely need a re-scan anyway which is why we say pregnancy confirmation at day 30 and then around day 40-45 for peace of mind

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Why do I need Canine Ultrasound Scanning?
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Before you book a scan, think about what you want to get from it.
  • Do you want to confirm the pregnancy as soon as possible? If so, book your scan for day 30.
  • Are you looking to know how many puppies your bitch is carrying? if so having your scan between day 30 – 35 is a good time for this, but remember this is only an estimate. Number counting with dog pregnancy scanning isn’t always accurate. Canine Ultrasound scans are performed there and then so you can only see what’s there at that exact time unlike an X-ray that photographs the whole of the abdomen. With dog pregnancy scanning, sacs can easily be counted twice, and often one can be hidden behind another, however most experienced scanners will be confident enough to offer you a rough estimate: for example, she is having between 3 and 5 or I have definitely seen 5 in there so she is having 5 or more.
  • If you want peace of mind that the pregnancy is all progressing as it should after you’ve had your confirmation scan then wait until around day 40-45 as the puppies will be a lot more developed and this is when the heart beats are usually more visible. This not only gives you better images, but also assures you that the pregnancy is progressing normally.

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When to contact your vet.

If during her pregnancy your bitch looks or acts unwell dog pregnancy scanning does not always pick everything up, you should ALWAYS contact your vet immediately, never contact your ultrasound scanner as we are not vets!


What is Pyometra?

Pyometra Can sometimes be picked up when Canine Ultrasound Scanning by experienced ultrasound scanners, but not always. Pyometra is a secondary infection that occurs as a result of hormonal changes in the female’s reproductive tract. Following oestrus (heat), the hormone progesterone remains elevated for up to two months and causes the lining of the uterus to thicken in preparation for pregnancy.

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If pregnancy does not occur for several consecutive oestrus cycles, the uterine lining continues to increase in thickness until cysts form within the uterine tissues (a condition called cystic endometrial hyperplasia).
The thickened, cystic lining secretes fluids that create an ideal environment for bacterial growth.
In addition, the muscles of the uterus cannot contract properly either due to thickening of the uterine wall or the high levels of the hormone progesterone. This means that bacteria that enters the uterus and fluids that have accumulated cannot be expelled.
During oestrus, white blood cells, which would normally protect against infection by eliminating bacteria, are inhibited from entering the uterus. This normal occurrence allows sperm to safely enter the female’s reproductive tract without being damaged or destroyed by these immune system cells.
The combination of these three factors can often lead to life threatening infection. Just to be clear if your dog becomes unwell or seems to be displaying odd behaviour then take them straight to the vets as K9 ultrasound scanning will not always pick these things up.

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The cost for K9 Ultrasound Scanning is as follows:

If you bring your dogs to us we charge £30
If you prefer us to travel to you prices start from £40 depending on location
If you are using our stud service then this is factored into the package price quoted for the stud service.

If you would like to use this service just contact us using the details on the contact page.

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Check out our full services page for more details on each service we offer.

We Provide all sorts of services including:

Ultrasound scanning

Ultrasound for dogs

Canine Artificial insemination

Bulldog Stud Dog
Pet Semen Analysis
Should you require our services please do not hesitate to contact us here.
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