so has any one had experience with ultra sounds for their pregnant girls? Do you know how accurate the count is for
puppies when an ultra sound is done around day 31-32?
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I dont trust ultrasound counts. I have been told to take the number and double it. But it can be useful to diagnose pregnancy, but then so can palpation. The trick with palpation is to get it at the right time because there is a very small window where you can palpate. But I also dont like the idea of exposing them to ultrasound or xray "just cuz" but I can understand there are times when you just need to know.
If we ultrasound, it's only done to confirm the pregnancy, not to try & count the number of pups mom is carrying. Ultrasounds have been linked loosely to resorption of fetuses, so it makes sense to expose the babies as little as possible.
Giant breed dogs are notoriously difficult to palpate, ultrasound and yes, even x-ray (especially in the last week of pregnancy)!
I only do the Xray at 55 days, there is so much that can happen, we saw 3 pups at day 28 days, but no heart beat in one, in the end we lost all of them. The second breeding, I just did the xray and we have 5 beautiful Bulldog puppies. The ultrasounds cost 150.00 each and we had two done for the first time. To us it didn't matter how many.
I have had all 4 of our litters ultrasound, and have found the count was within 3 pups...ie.: 1st litter.. ultrasound count was 9 pups plus....she had 12.....2nd litter..9 plus...again she had 12.....3rd litter..5 plus...she had 7.....then my young girl who just had her first litter the ultrasound showed 8 plus....she had 11.....now my vet told me if you add 2-3 pups onto what is counted in the ultrasound....then you can pretty well count on that number....
We did an ultra sound on our last basset litter. THe vet said he saw 6 pups, plus or minus one. Well we ended up with 10 pups. I will definately go back to xray. For me i like it better.
28 days gestation is the best time for an accurate count. It also depends on the quality of the ultrasound machine and the experience of the ultrasonographer.
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