Uterine Torsion – what it is, what to do There has been some concern recently in the canine world regarding the potential link between scanning and uterine torsion. Whether you are a diligent breeder, scanner or pet owner, it’s important to feel that the animals in your care are safe and attended to at such a delicate time. As you will see, it is highly unlikely that uterine torsion will affect your animal, especially in the cases of bitches, and even less likely that it could happen as a result of a......
Interview: Kerry McDonald, AUA Ultrasound Scanner For Kerry McDonald, every day is different, “Some days I’ll have ten scans back to back, others there may be just two,” but the consistent part of her job is the excitement she gets with each client; “Every scan fascinates me.” Kerry is an AUA Level 2 scanner, a full AUA member, and has also completed training in canine fertility. She works from her purpose built clinic in Southampton, where originally she operated a dog grooming business for 8 years. As someone who suffers......
Browsing through some of the most popular ways people come across the Animal Ultrasound Association, I noticed that one of the most frequently Googled questions in the context of canine scanning is “how often are pregnancy ultrasounds wrong?” I’d love to be able to answer that with a statistic. For example, “15% of all ultrasound scans performed in the UK are incorrect,” but unfortunately there is no way of knowing. If you have found this article by searching for something similar, chances are whoever you have just had an ultrasound scan with......
Summary The resistance index is quick and easy to calculate on ultrasound machines with PW Doppler capability. Obtaining useful readings from the umbilical artery in dogs takes a lot of practice, and should be obtained from the mid-cord to ensure reproducibility. The resistance index will fall 12 hours prior to delivery, falling further 1-6 hours before, so can be used to predict when labour should begin. If the resistance index falls but labour does not follow, this can alert the breeder or vet to the possible need for veterinary intervention. M-mode can......
When and where should I get my dog scanned for pregnancy? Getting your dog scanned for pregnancy with ultrasound is very reliable and accurate, provided it is performed: At the right time By a trained, experienced professional With the right equipment Each of these points is discussed in turn below. The right time: When should I get my dog scanned? The earliest you should book an appointment with a mobile pregnancy scanner is when your dog would be at 30 days gestation. If you have been performing progesterone testing, you may......
Below is a tour from Yvette Lovis around the foetal anatomy. Taken at the canine pregnancy scanning course run in Edinburgh last month, identifying: – Foetal heart – Foetal stomach – Foetal liver – Foetal bladder – Chord insertion – Spine – Head and neck Yvette also delivers a walk-through on measuring BPD, available to AUA members. Simply sign into your account and view her video here. With thanks to Kilnhurst Collies...
As the New Year dawns, it’s common for people to get in touch about 2019 training courses for animal ultrasound scanning. Given that January is typically a time for making new commitments and investing in one’s self, this is hardly surprising. Ultrasound scanning to detect pregnancy in dogs is becoming increasingly mainstream, and whilst many people do appreciate the time and study that goes into it, one unfortunate byproduct of its increasing popularisation is the impression that it’s something that can be mastered after a single day’s training and a relatively low......
This article follows on from a (ultimately rather heated!) discussion in our Facebook group. Both our beginners’ and AUA-members-only groups are forums where scanners-in-training and established scanning professionals, respectively, can safely and privately discuss any topics which arise in their work. No members of the public or potential clients are able to access the group, keeping this as a safe space for discussion between animal scanners, veterinarians, vet nurses and sonographers. ‘Wells’ in bulldogs: This discussion is reproduced with permission and was prompted by a scan performed by one of our members.......
What does a pregnancy scan entail? Most scanners are able to scan in a variety of positions, so that your animal can stand or be held during her scan, depending on how she is most comfortable. Some scanners may ask if they can shave a very small patch of hair along the midlife of a particularly hairy dog, in order to obtain clearer pictures for you. Learn more about this below. Ultrasound gel will be applied to your dog’s belly. You can understand why, below. A scan can take anywhere between 5 and 20 minutes, and your chosen scanner can......