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I have a pregnant Standard Poodle who had two ultrasounds...the

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I have a pregnant Standard Poodle who had two ultrasounds...the first was 17 days after last breeding and the second one was 29 days after last breeding. Both times the vet said that they saw one only puppy in the ultrasound. The stud dogs owner finds this very hard to believe (she is very reputable--has been breeding for years and has never had a Singleton litter) and believes that there is more than one puppy. I do plan to do an xray, but was curious to get your input on this matter. Could there possibly be more puppies...how would they go unseen both times?

Thank you,
Dawn
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.

CriticalCareVet :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

CriticalCareVet :

An ultrasound can be performed, often at the time period of 21-23 days of pregnancy.

CriticalCareVet :

It is very operator dependent and yes, puppies can be missed.

CriticalCareVet :

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.

CriticalCareVet :

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.

Customer:

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.

CriticalCareVet :

If not experienced in ultrasound - easily can be missed, especially at this early stage.

Customer:

Is it rare for a healthy Standard Poodle to have one puppy...even if it's her first litter?

CriticalCareVet :

No - it is not rare.

CriticalCareVet :

It is certainly possible.

Customer:

I understand...I guess I am just in panic mode about the puppy becoming too large. This would be my first Singleton puppy.

CriticalCareVet :

I understand.

CriticalCareVet :

Best to get an x-ray a little closer in the gestation period.

CriticalCareVet :

Most cases should be no problem.

CriticalCareVet :

Good luck!

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Gotcha. Thanks for your help.

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CriticalCareVet :

WElcome!

Customer:

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CriticalCareVet :

No - this is a single fee for this question

Customer:

ok thx

CriticalCareVet :

You are very welcome.

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