Ultrasound scanning is a simple, non-invasive procedure that can be used to check the pregnancy state of your bitch. The process involves the use of sound waves, with no radiation. Although experts agree that ultrasound scanning is safe, they discourage excessively frequenting scanning as it may have mild side effects on the unborn puppy. They may include effects such as delayed development of some skills and weight loss. Nonetheless, the process is an effective way of checking the pregnancy state of your female.
Ultrasound machines can visualise puppy fetuses as early as 4 weeks into the pregnancy. By 20-30 days into the pregnancy, a dog reproductive expert can feel the puppies inside the dog’s belly, whilst x-rays show unborn puppies 7-8 weeks into the pregnancy. Conducting an ultrasound also helps in assessing the stability and wellness of the puppies in the uterus by looking at their heart rates, evaluating their stress levels, determining their developmental stage, and evaluating the placenta. Any problems with the pregnancy can be detected earlier and the appropriate measures taken to ensure the pregnancy is sustained to term.