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PostSubject: Doppler heartbeat monitor   Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:16 am

Has anyone hired the Doppler fetal heartbeat monitor from Fit and Fertile and if so, did you think it was any good ?
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PostSubject: Re: Doppler heartbeat monitor   Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:37 am

not something ive used but pretty sure nick and cath cowie have one they use! worth asking them?
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PostSubject: Re: Doppler heartbeat monitor   Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:57 am

Hi there. I've 'answered' in another post, but here's my 'take'.

Since I'm very far from a vet, I did purchase my own doppler. I found it very good. Could do a head count from week 6, and counted 4 pups, at one point 5. After 3 puppies were eventually born, the mom seemed to be 'finished' whelping, and I used the doppler on her. Could clearly hear another heartbeat inside. so we administered oxytocin, and last pup were born.

Afterwards I've read that sometimes you pick up a major artery from the dam, and can confuse it with a pup. So I suppose if you scan 10 times, and get one 'different' reading, go for the 'avarage' . Thus if you picked up 4 heartbeats 9 times, and 5 1 one time, I'd go for the 4, as this was what was picked up most of the time.
I guess with bigger litters it might become more tricky.

Currently I have a 'supposedly' pregnant bitch, but did not pick up any heartbeats yet (today is day 36) So either she's NOT pregnant, or it's to early still.

Will update again.
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