We use a Digital Ultrasound Scanner as part of our diagnostics.

Ultrasound scans are images of the internal organs created from sound waves. The images are produced when the sound waves are directed into the body then reflected back to the scanner that measures them. The waves are then turned into an image which is displayed on a TV screen.

Ultrasound scanning is not dangerous and has no side-effects. It can be carried out on patients that are awake and is safe to use on pregnant patients.

Pregnancy Diagnosis

We also use the ultrasound scanner to scan for pregnancy. We would carry out a pregnancy scan at 28 days post mating when the foetuses are easiest to see. Many will be visible earlier, sometimes from around 14 days post mating. If you require an early scan and we are unable to confirm pregnancy we will carry out a free rescan two weeks later.

Please Note, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons instruct vets not to estimate litter size. This is due to the fact that you cannot see that all puppies or kittens will be born.

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