Welcome to Canine Ultrasound Pregnancy Scanning service based in Kingswinford, West Midlands

I offer a professional and friendly service using the latest CE Certified calibrated veterinary ultrasound machine that gives
a high resolution image and video, which can be emailed to you as a keepsake. Ultrasound scanning will confirm pregnancy, estimate of litter size, estimated due date and if puppies are viable or there is a possible infection brewing where you will be referred to your vet. Ultrasound scanning is completely painless, no shaving is required and there is no risk to the mother, or the puppies. I can also scan well behaved cats.

Whether your bitches potential pregnancy was planned or an accident, it is always better to be armed with the knowledge that puppies are viable. A trained ultrasound technician will be able to point out heart beats and give you an estimated due date.
An estimation as to the number of puppies can also be given so you can treat the mother accordingly as regards food and exercise. It is always important to know that there is more than one puppy, as dams expecting a singleton puppy may not produce enough hormones to go into labour naturally and/or the puppy may grow quite large and require medical intervention.

 

Daytime/evening and weekend appointments available - prices from just £20 - for full price list see HERE

If you wish to cancel or re arrange your appointment, please contact me


Telephone: 01384 270762 / 07977 155642

email: collielife1@gmail.com

Daytime Ultrasound Scans
(at my premises between 9am - 5pm)
£20
Re-Scan if first scan was negative or just to check everything going ok later on in pregnancy - recommended from day 50 onwards
£10
Evening and Weekends
(evenings 5pm onwards)
£30
Re- Scan evenings and Weekends
£15
Keepsake images and/or video of your scan sent via email
FREE

Mobile charges

Mobile charges are dependent on distance from Kingswinford, together with time of day, as a half hour journey can sometimes take more than double during rush hour.

I offer a discount when scanning multiple dogs mobile at the same address, (example within 5 miles of DY6 - 2 dogs £50)

Due to timewasters, a £10 deposit is required for ALL mobile appointments - payable via paypal or bank transfer

Please email me for bank details if you prefer to pay via bank transfer

email: collielife1@gmail.com

From
£35 within 4 mile radius


8 - 15 mile £45



15 mile and above please enquire

After whelping service

I can come to your home when your bitch has whelped to check for retained puppies. As this can be at any time of day/night charges vary

Please call me beforehand to discuss further

Prices from £35 - £70 dependent on time of day/distance

 

Variable

ADDRESS - GREENGABLES, 28 THE PORTWAY, KINGSWINFORD, WEST MIDLANDS, DY6 8HB
Just off the main A491 that goes from Stourbridge to Wolverhampton

GOOGLE MAP DIRECTIONS FROM YOUR HOME TO MINE - HERE

If you have a bitch that requires a scan to confirm or detect pregnancy it is wise to check that the ultrasound technician has the relevant, experience, training and equipment. An experienced, trained reputable scanner is often invaluable in the event of a dog presented with an infection, pyometra, and reabsorption. Avoid anyone who says they can scan your pet from 21 days gestation as this could lead to false results, optimum time being from 28 - 35 days to confirm pregnancy. Scans can be performed at anytime from 28 days up until the due date.

Scans are always performed with the owners present, unlike at a veterinary surgery where your pet is sometimes taken away to another room, this allows you to take part in the experience, and ask questions about what you are seeing. I can also provide images and or videos of the pregnancy (sent via email), as keepsakes for free.

Please be aware that an ultrasound showing clear gestational sacks at 30 days post ovulation are actually often foetus that are only between 1 - 3mm in diameter, and they still have a huge journey ahead of them. No ultrasound technician/vet can guarantee the number of puppies from an ultrasound scan and can only confirm pregnancy on 'that' day.

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Reasonable steps should be taken to maintain adequate control of your dog during the scan and it is recommended that you have at least a collar and lead available for the appointment or you may find it more costly than expected. The average ultrasound probe alone costs over £1000, let alone the price of the ultrasound machine itself.

When visiting my home, please ensure dogs are kept on a lead - well behaved children very welcome.


What to expect from a Canine Ultrasound Technician HERE

Pregnancy can be confirmed from 28 days after the last mating and although I have seen puppies from as early as day 24, optimum results are achieved from around day 32 - 35 of your bitch's pregnancy.

I understand owners are often excited about knowing if their bitch is pregnant, but you need to take into account late conception, having seen numerous dogs that the owners believe are on day 28 post mating, there have been no sign of puppies, and when re-scanned a week later we sometimes get a positive result - I will re-scan for half price (at my premises), but if I need to come out to you, I will have to charge normal rates. For this reason, some scanning technicians prefer to wait until day 35.

COUNTING BY NUMBERS

Please note that any indication of numbers is an estimate as re absorption can occur and not all foetuses may be seen. It is very easy for one puppy to be obscured by another. Ultrasound is 'real time' imaging, the bitch is moving, the puppies are moving and the transducer is moving. Knowing which sac you have already seen and counted is extremely difficult, and with large litters, impossible!

There is always some one who knows a scanning technician who never gets the numbers wrong. However, this is purely guess work based on knowing the breed, the bitch and other bits of history they can glean from you on the bitch and although they have a crystal ball, they do get it wrong.

Most experienced scanners are happy to give you a number range. Particularly when scanning around the 30 day mark, where the sacs are smaller and it is easier to discern one from the next. We are usually comfortable in telling you that you can expect “more than 3” or “between 4-6,” for example. It’s important to realise that even this is not a fool-proof estimate as in the early stages, it’s perfectly normal for a bitch to resorb, so that all the puppies seen at the first scan may not continue to progress.

Calcification of foetal bones is around day 45, but can sometimes be seen earlier. Some bitches prefer to stand, some will lie down on their side, and some will oblige by rolling over, each bitch is individual. The further along the pregnancy the better the images, but the less likely you can see more than one or two puppies at any one time due to the size of the foetus. Below is a typical 6 week scan below clearly showing a puppy foetus
(click the arrow to play)


Please see my Facebook Group for more scan images and videos

Scanning will not only confirm pregnancy, but will also identify a phantom pregnancy, which gives you the opportunity to plan ahead. You will want to know if you need to increase your bitch's food, restrict her exercise with other dogs, and maybe even plan show entries. Scanning can also identify if puppies are being absorbed after a pregnancy has been confirmed, and even a possible pyometra infection. The optimum time for a first scan is between day 28 - 35, and I cannot be held responsible if a scan is carried out too early leading in a false result.

For a discreet and confidential service I am available 7 days a week


Above - A Confirmed case of a potentially life threatening closed Pyometra of a bitch seen 40 days post mating, who was referred to the owners Vet. This shows the importance of having your bitch scanned to confirm pregnancy, or not, as was the case in this instance.

A common reproductive abnormality in dogs is reabsorption of puppies, the bitch’s body actually absorbs the fetal and placental tissue, leaving no sign that puppies ever were present. Reabsorption can happen even after a pregnancy has been confirmed by an abdominal ultrasound and/or by radiography (X-rays). When puppies are reabsorbed, they literally just disappear, and a positive pregnancy does not always result in live puppies.No fetuses or fetal or placental tissues are ever expelled through the birth canal. Read more HERE


'Perfect'
Thank you for your patience. Would recommend and use again. Louise
'Excellent'
Absolutely loved seeing the puppies on the screen!! Lovely lady too, when u have scan at vets they rush u and get u out this lady gave us time and sent us pictures from the scan, and also some very good advice! Thanks again. Will be back if needed in the future. Becci
Nothing too much trouble, polite, accommodating, spot on with diagnosis (not always easy). Said 1 possibly 2 and to come back if I wanted for a free second scan. As suspected there were two seen on the second scan and they were born last week. Kay
Professional service, kind and patient with me and my little girl, who is a first time mummy to be. Margaret
'Excellent'
Julie came to our home to scan our Labrador, and what a lovely, friendly, professional lady she is. She was very kind and gentle with our little girl and took the time to explain to our children what we were seeing on the scan, she also sent us pictures and a video to remember it by. An amazing experience, and Julie was so very helpful giving us lots of advice. Fantastic service, highly recommended. James

'Lifesaver'
Thought my bitch was expecting puppies, and was shocked to be referred to my veterinary surgeon as Julie told me there were no puppies, but something didn't look right.
Visited my vet and unfortunately she had a womb infection and had to have an emergency hysterectomy, sad, but at least I still have my girl, and had I not had her scanned I would not have known until maybe it was too late. Thank you. Joanne

'Fantastic Service'
I highly recommend Canine Pregnancy scanning, Julie is very thorough and friendly even with neurotic newbies like us!. We were a little nervous about our first scan but Julie very quickly put us at ease and guided us through the whole process. We had our second scan today and our little dog pulled us down the drive to get in! Debbie
 
'Thank you'
Very understanding and patient with my dog and me! Unfortunately no puppies this time, will use again. Simon
'Fantastic service'
A fantastic service offered by a lovely lady - Beci
'Wonderful experience '
A wonderful friendly lady, willing to explain what we were seeing on the screen, yes, puppies. Would definitely use Julie again'
'Great service'
Lovely to meet Julie when she came to scan my pointer yesterday. Very much a last minute arrangement due to a problem with the scan I had originally arranged with another scanner but Julie very kindly fitted us in the next day. Her screen provided wonderfully clear pictures of the pups. Was very impressed. Carol
'Lovely service'
Lovely seeing our accidental babies, we were told the expected date and how many pups there were and the pictures were emailed over to us, lovely informative lady would highly recommend.
Can't recommend Julie enough! Such a lovely kind person, and so gentle with my girl. Top range equipment and Julie really knows her stuff! I have no hesitation in recommendi ng Julie and will definitely be using her services again!
Thank you Julie
Rachel Berrington
Lovely friendly lady, always has time to chat to u, and let u see the puppies for a fair amount of time . Great service Becci Bayliss
AieshaW 14 Sep 2017 'Brilliant Service'
Lovely welcoming woman. Julie provides a great service and is very easy to get into contact with. Her prices are more than reasonable compared to what some vets may charge and she allows you to go back if you need to. I would definately recommend her to friends and family!!! 5 star. I cannot fault her!!!

I also provide a Pedigree Certificate printing service (any breed)
Please find more details on my Breed website
HERE


Telephone: 01384 270762 / 07977 155642

email: collielife1@gmail.com

 

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