As a pet pregnancy ultrasound scanner, I get asked a lot about the signs of pregnancy and whether I can foresee or guess that a girl is pregnant before I actually scan her.
My answer is always no.
Number one, don't bother trying human pregnancy kits.
They do not work because they are based on a different hormone compared to human pregnancy kits. You can buy canine pregnancy kits, but they can give negative results up to 35 days gestation, of which by then you can use other, more accurate ways of testing. Plus this isn't a product that vets regularly have in stock in their practices, and generally you have to order by the batch, so they're probably going to work out very expensive. Also they aren't based on urine, you’ll require a blood sample, so you will have to incur the cost at the vets too.
I've been busy beavering way again! If you ever asked yourself the following questions I can help!
- Unsure when to mate your dog?
- Want to improve the size of your litters?
- Looking for more successful matings?
- Wishing to reduce financial waste?
Then you need to download the free one pager I've designed on 'Everything you need to know about Progesterone 'ovulation' Testing'.
This is a print off and keep document! If you own a stud dog you can forward to people planning to use your studs or just pass on to follow breeder friends!
Last night was not only Guy Fawkes night, I’ll bite my lip and not mention the fireworks for the last week already and the fact I’ve seen displays advertised for this weekend too so no chance of it being over just yet!
What's detailed here is for your eyes and your eyes only! Forget the Illuminati or Freemasons, everything you need to know is here, with respect to specific dog related breeding stages from fertility to pregnancy and puppyhood.
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After a recent and significant experience at the vets with a very poorly pregnant dog, I decided to reflect on the situation and collate a checklist for consideration for any future scenarios.
I had a female who's health had deteriorated rapidly in 48hrs. She was approx 52 day gestation and very comfortable.
Full details are in the video but ultimately I decided to c-section at 53 days. The results 8 dead pups, 1 spayed bitch and a £3,000 vet bill due to suspected Canine Maternal Hydrops, would I make the same decision again? YES!
Points to consider when making difficult health related decisions about your dog:
I'm super pleased with my new leaflets that have just arrived! They will be given to all future customers!
I want to provide as much information/education as possible adding as much value to my services as my lovely customers deserve!
I've written the '8 Vital considerations you need to make when your girl expecting puppies' answering the most popular questions I'm normally asked!
I have to say they are beautifully printed on some high quality paper, I've impressed myself ! I'm really pleased with them!
If you're not booked with me any time soon you can still download a copy by clicking here!
Time seems to go so slow once you've mated your female until the point pregnancy is confirmed (or not!). This video talks through pros and cons of the following pregnancy detection methods:
During the video two ultrasounds are conducted on two separate dogs, whilst I talk through how a correctly, skilled technician should conduct the scans.
To me ultrasound scanning when operated by a trained and experienced individual is by far the best method of detecting pregnancy and giving an idea of litter size. To find out why check out my video!
When you own more than two breeding bitches it can be difficult to detect when they came into season and who came in first, or in what order and ultimately when to mate!
My current situation of owning 7 dogs - 2 breeding retired, left me with 5. 1 of which was a male, so I was left with 4 bitches in season all mixed (housed) together. Did I have a clue who was in first, just about? Did I know who was second? Nope, plus I was hoping to breed 2 of them!
Check out my video below walking through the cycle of a season, the benefits of progesterone testing, the process, what the results mean and actions I took and why.
I will continue to blog the progress of these two females so you can follow the journey I'm on. Don't forget to down a copy of the '8 Vital considerations when your dog is expecting puppies' it answers the most frequent questions I'm ask when confirmation pregnancy via ultrasound.
New to breeding? or need a refresh?
Then check out my 30 minute Facebook Live video walking you through the options available to you, when it comes to ovulation testing.
Every breeder should be ovulating testing. WHY?
If that doesn't convince you I'll give up now!
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I'm Sara otherwise known as 'Canine Family Planner' who founded HomeScan Breeder Services a premium pet-care business in 2014. I am an experienced and educated breeder, who specialises in domestic animal reproduction. I bred my first litter 20 years ago whilst in my teens and tend to breed annually. Breeding is pretty much in my DNA – a way of my life if you will! I've started this blog to share some of my knowledge and if possible help out a few like minded animal owners!