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8/29/2008 11:58:27 PM
Posts: 73
Have any of you used ultrasounds on your pregnant girls to count the number of pups? I'm wondering if you have found that an ultrasound can be as or more reliable than x-rays in giving you the number of pups and possible size of pups. Thanks.
8/30/2008 6:17:59 AM
Posts: 409
I've done them before, but don't feel that you get as good a count as you would with xrays. It's good for establishing that she's carrying a litter, not just in a false preg.
8/30/2008 8:00:56 AM
Posts: 25
It depends on the equipment. My local vet, who specializes in larger animals, horses, has a small unit that is just so-so for confirming pregnancy in dogs, but my other vet has a Doppler and it is fantastic! He is able to see everything and he has given me accurate counts each time. In fact, one time we did an ultrasound on one of my girls on my birthday and he presented me with a CD of the ultrasound, so great to see the puppies moving!

Kivalina Siberian Huskies and PONs
8/31/2008 12:03:49 PM
Posts: 137
It also depends on the skill of the person doing the ultrasound. Some clinics have the equipment but the people there aren't necessarily great at using it.

One of my former puppy owner is an ultrasound technician specialist, and she was very good when she was doing our pregnancy ultrasounds but she has left the area. I've had my last 2 pregnancy ultrasounds done at a vet clinic in my area but they have very little interest in determining any kind of accurate count. They will confirm pregnancy and that's about it. Last year, the vet told me he saw about 5 and made no claim about accuracy, and we had 9. This year, he told me he saw 2 in each horn at least, and left it at that. We had 8.

The x-rays just before delivery gave me the accurate counts.
9/6/2008 3:11:00 PM
Posts: 73
Thank you for your responses. I think an ultrasound is best, then. However, I do worry about the radiation. I wish an ultrasound could predict litter size better. I have one more question, but I will post it under a new subject line.