Ultrasounds can be performed 25 days after ovulation to confirm pregnancies. At this stage, we can also assess the viability of the fetuses and ensure a healthy pregnancy. Pregnancy ultrasounds allow you, as the owner, to confirm and plan for the upcoming litter. An accurate puppy count can not be performed on ultrasound, but a rough estimate can be given.
Radiographs can be performed 55 days after ovulation for an accurate puppy count. This can be very beneficial during whelping to ensure delivery of all of the puppies. We can also measure fetal heads to determine if a dystocia (difficult birth) is likely to happen. Please note that while we would like to provide an accurate fetal count, this can be very difficult if the bitch eats the morning of the radiographs or if the litter is large.