X-ray of a Pregnant Dog

If you have mated your dog and they have been successfully impregnated, then that’s great news! Now, you’ll need to make sure that everything is prepared for a comfortable pregnancy and delivery. Fortunately, there are new medical technologies to help make a pregnant dog’s life easier, from the monitoring of her unborn puppies down to delivery day.

So if you need to know about the puppies, when do you X-ray a pregnant dog? Of course, it shouldn’t be too soon that they are undetected, so read on as I show you the optimum times to X-ray your dog and what to expect.

There is nothing more exciting than the anticipation of the arrival of a new litter of puppies. Our Veterinarians are able to perform an Ultrasound on your dog 25 days after breeding. Ultrasound is the same technology used to generate Sonograms during human pregnancy, using sound waves that are transmitted through your pet’s body to create an image. Ultrasound is perfectly safe for your pregnant dog. Ultrasound may not be accurate in counting the number of puppies but can determine the heartbeat of the puppies.

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Moms give so much of their calcium to make their babies’ skeletons that if you run a new mother too soon after birthing she can snap a leg just running on level ground. We feed new mothers real, raw animal bones with their meals almost daily for three months to rebuild their own skeletons enough to run again.

Edit: wow! My highest rated comment is finally something I can be proud of (lmao) and something I’m extremely passionate about. Since you guys are loving the sled dog facts, here’s a few more:

  1. Humans are the second best endurance runners under sled dogs, but they’ve got us beat by a HUGE margin with the ability to run at a sustained 10-20mph for 100 miles a day!!! On top of that they can pull three times their body weight each, making them pound-for-pound the worlds strongest and most efficient draft animal.

  2. A lot of the above comes from the fact that their bodies don’t require glycogen for moving energy. Human marathoners gain energy from glycogen which is derived from carbs, but they’re fast burning in comparison to caloric energy gained by fats and proteins. While humans take longer to create energy from fats and proteins, sled dogs make it happen very quickly, so they end up with energy stores to last for literal days of running up to 100 miles each day consecutively. They’re absolute super athletes.

Edit: glycogen not glycol, thanks for the clarification.

3) Optimal running temp for these dogs (Alaskan Huskies) is -10 to -20 Fahrenheit! This is because they have a really cool adaptation called concurrent heating. This means that the veins and arteries in their legs run so close together that the outgoing blood is warming the incoming flow. They can also pull blood away from their core and into their legs, opposite of how humans re-warm. This combined with furry paws basically prevents them from getting frostbite on their feet. You’ll see sled dogs with frost bitten ears, noses, even gentitals, but not feet.

4) All of these super cool adaptations are believed to be inherited from wolves.

5) Since it’s been brought up a few times, the breed we typically run nowadays in dogsledding is the Alaskan Husky. This is a breed of its own, though not officially recognized by the AKC because the lineage can be varied between different specimens of the same breed. What qualifies them as an Alaskan Husky is arctic ancestry from a Malamute or husky mixed with a running breed, typically hounds. This has come about since the advent of racing sled dogs and has been developed over the years with racing being the leading use for sled dogs nowadays. Your traditional breeds like Malamute and Siberian Husky are not particularly fast moving dogs, they’ve got the endurance and the strength to pull a load of gear to a mine, but nobody is really doing that anymore, hence the popularity of the Alaskan Husky.

6) We no longer say “mush!” We’re still mushers and we’re still mushing, but very few of us still use the “mush” command. The reason is that it’s phonetically a soft word. In high wind the team won’t hear it as well as a strong sound such as “Hike!” The origins of the command “mush” came from English mushers during the gold rush who overheard French mushers shouting “Marche” or “to march.”’its just an Anglicanized take on the same command.

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