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K9 Ultrasounding

for Pregnancy, Fetal Viability, and Fetal Count Estimation

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   Athena Kepler offers to you the ability to determine, at the first stages of pregnancy, whether your Bitch is indeed pregnant, are the embryos/fetuses viable and likely to be carried to full term, and an approximation of the number of fetuses she is carrying. There is much money, time and effort put towards the brood bitch. Optimum feeding and exercise limitations are a huge factor in bringing the pregnancy to full term, making strong puppies, keeping the mother and the puppies healthy and well. Many working dog bitches are taken out of work/training with the possibility that she may be pregnant and others may be overfed and kept separate from others in order to keep the pending litter safe and healthy. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to know 100% if the your bitch is indeed pregnant? If she is, you can get her ready for delivering a healthy litter, and if not you can keep her in work or continue your daily schedule with her. No more need for spending money on optimum nutrition only to be fed unnecessarily.

 

 

Fetal development and what you will see over course of pregnancy.

 

~28 days: ultrasound for determination of pregnancy. An estimation of embryo viability can be made. Palpations can be done and can give a slight approximation for number of embryos in the horns. Approximation varies due to location of the embryos in the horns and the location of the horns in the abdomen. Most critical time to begin feeding the bitch more food.

~35 days: Heartbeat can be seen with ultrasound (if Bitch is remaining very still). Leg buds and spine are developing and are slightly visible with overall shape of puppy as well. Better number estimation can be added upon previous palpation numbers, however same limitations as before. Viability of pups is easily discernible.

~42 days: Spine and ribs are highly discernible and puppy activity can be seen clearly. Number of pups estimation can be built upon previous estimates for a greater estimation.

 

Overall tracking of the embryo/fetus development aids in determining how healthy the pups and the Bitch are and sets you, the breeder, at ease.

  

 

Videos and Photos

28 Day Embryo

with visible umbilical cord

 

43 Day Embryo

with view of puppy ribs, neck, head and limb buds.

Understanding  Ultrasound  and their Images

This is some very easy information from E.I. Medical Imaging. For more in depth information on ultrasounding please visit here.

 

Have you ever looked at an ultrasound image and wondered “What” are you looking at? Ever wonder which end is up? When others are discussing Bull or Heifer, ovarian diagnosis, or metritis treatment are you still looking to decide “What” it is?? Well, if you feel left in the dark when it comes to ultrasound images…..let’s start back at the basics.

 

Ultrasound is a non-invasive, immediate tool used to image tissue. It will not penetrate bone (like an X-Ray). So the first step to help you read the ultrasound image is to be familiar with the anatomy that you are imaging.

 

Various body tissues conduct sound differently. Some tissues absorb sound waves while others reflect them. The density of the tissue dictates the speed at which the echoes return.

 

If you remember that FLUID is always BLACK and TISSUE is GRAY. The denser the tissue, is the brighter white it will appear in ultrasound the brightest white being bone.

ultrasound gray scale

BONE TISSUE FLUID

 To view images please visit their website here.