Confirmation of pregnancy is extremely important. Our veterinarians recommended scheduling an appointment for ultrasound 28 to 35 days from the first breeding. Ultrasounds cannot accurately count the number of pups a bitch is carrying but can confirm pregnancy and monitor heartbeats. At this appointment you can discuss with the veterinarian any diet changes or supplements recommended for pregnant bitches.
If expecting a natural delivery our veterinarians recommend scheduling an X-Ray appointment. We recommend scheduling this appointment between days 56 – 60 from the 1st breeding. This allows for a better count of puppies due to the amount of calcification. Although with a large litter it is difficult to give an accurate count. Another advantage to a pre-whelp x-ray is giving the veterinarian the opportunity to compare the skull size to the width of the dam’s pelvis. If the doctor determines the dam is not a suitable candidate for a natural whelp the doctor will discuss c-section options.
If your bitch is pregnant and in distress please contact our office immediately (626) 796-8387.