Carolina Ranch Has Options For Pregnancy Testing
Canine pregnancy doesn’t have to be such a mystery with guessed due dates or surprise litter counts. We have the technology to determine when your dog will deliver and how many puppies you should expect.
Pregnancy diagnosis via ultrasound can occur as soon as 25 days post ovulation or 30 days post breeding. This is a noninvasive procedure that allows us to visualize the uterus and the fetuses. It also enables evaluation of the heartbeat, the placenta and the health of the amniotic fluid. It is not as accurate to count fetuses using ultrasound, however it allows for early detection of pregnancy.
*This is at no-charge if consultation and timing is performed with Carolina Ranch.
A few ways to tell if your dog is pregnant without going to the vet include:
- Your dog has suddenly gained weight in their belly.
- Your dog is not as active as they used to be.
- Your dog experiences a change in appetite.
These are the primary ways to tell if your dog is pregnant. However, if your dog is spayed and you notice these signs, your pet is not pregnant but is potentially experiencing some type of health issue. Contact us today to learn more!
It costs around $200-$300 for a dog pregnancy test to be performed in a veterinary office, as there is a blood draw required as well as testing of the sample. You can administer a dog pregnancy test at home to save money, but be sure to get one that requires a blood sample; these high-quality tests typically cost around $150-$200. To learn more about getting a pregnancy test for your dog, call us today.
If performed by a trained professional with the proper equipment, dog pregnancy scans are a safe and reliable way to be able to detect and monitor your dog’s pregnancy. Pregnancy scans can also help to determine the heartbeat of the puppies, but may not be as accurate in determining the number of puppies your dog is carrying. The earliest you can have a reliable and accurate pregnancy scan reading is 30 days post breeding.
At Carolina Ranch, we provide reliable dog pregnancy scans from experienced professionals. To schedule a pregnancy scan for your dog, call us today!
Radiographs (X-Rays) are not helpful in pregnancy diagnosis until a minimum of 45 days into pregnancy, which is when the skeleton has started to mineralize. Without timing, this can be very difficult to determine. Radiographs are recommended for the week before whelping for the most accurate puppy count.
If you suspect your dog is pregnant, give us a call at 919-662-3200 to schedule her appointment.