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An ultrasound can be performed, often at the time period of 21-23 days of pregnancy.
It is very operator dependent and yes, puppies can be missed.
If a specialist NOT the one that performed the ultrasound, and it was just your family vet, more likely than a specialist to miss the puppies.
Often, X-Rays, are considered to be more helpful - as that would be unlikely to "miss" anything - as you can see the distinct skeletal structures, but this is performed later - around 41-43 days of pregnancy, when the baby/fetus has bones that show up on x-rays.
I would guess that a puppy could "hide" if it were a large litter, but am confused as to how some could be missed if in fact there is only one.
If not experienced in ultrasound - easily can be missed, especially at this early stage.
Is it rare for a healthy Standard Poodle to have one puppy...even if it's her first litter?
No - it is not rare.
It is certainly possible.
I understand...I guess I am just in panic mode about the puppy becoming too large. This would be my first Singleton puppy.
Best to get an x-ray a little closer in the gestation period.
Most cases should be no problem.
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