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Imaging of the Canine Reproductive Tract




Pregnancy diagnosis can be performed as little as 20 days after the

insemination via ultrasound. When scanning around this time we are able

to estimate litter size and assess viability via heart beat visualisation.

This is especially important when monitoring high-risk, high pressure and

singleton litters.


Radiography can be performed 1 week prior to due date to confirm litter size.



In cases of female infertility it is often essential to visualise the internal

reproductive organs on ultrasound. This allows us to confirm their presence,

as well as determine if there are any abnormalities present such as cystic

ovaries or a cystic uterine lining that may be influencing cycling and conception.




Following a history of male infertility or an abnormal semen assessment the

next step is usually visualisation of the testicles and prostate via ultrasound.

Testicular imaging allows us to visualise any masses (e.g. cysts, tumours,

blockages) or abnormal internal regions of the testicle that are affecting

semen production and fertility.

Prostatic imaging helps us to assess the health of the prostate (which is often

very poor in older males, just like humans!) for enlargement, the presence of

an abscess or the presence of tumours.

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Ultrasonographic image of a 28d canine fetus


Ultrasonographic image of a canine testicle

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