Ultrasounds are commonly used at our hospital for a variety of reasons. From diagnostics to reproduction, ultrasound is incredibly helpful to examine your pet’s vital organs. We can assess the kidney, liver, bowel, heart and reproductive tracts for any tumors, fluid, lesions and more. In terms of reproduction, we suggest an ultrasound appointment approximately 25-30 days after pregnancy determination. Ultrasound is extremely helpful to see if viable puppies are still present. We look for heartbeat’s of the puppies, maturation of the liver, kidneys and lungs to see the overall health of the puppies in utero. Seeing the heart rate of the puppies on ultrasound can determine whether they are healthy or in distress. In late pregnancy (around day 60-62) kidney development and gut motility can be seen in the pups.The uterus and ovaries of the bitch can be examined for cysts,tumors and many other possible problems. Pyometra (infection of the uterus) can be diagnosed using ultrasound based on inflammation and fluid presence even before it can be palpated or seen on radiographs. Along with bloodwork, radiographs and physical exams, ultrasound is a key part of your dog’s reproductive health and breeding plan.
Radiographs at All Pets can be done if your pet is sick, hurt, for OFA/PennHip evaluations and to view the approximate number of puppies in a pregnant bitch. At around day 45, a puppy’s bones start to mineralize and can be seen on a radiograph. Radiographs can help in determining litter size and ruling out problems with the puppies. A radiograph is suggested one week before parturition to determine the size, count and positions of the puppies in order to make sure your pregnant female will have a safe natural parturition or C-section, if necessary.