Keeping Your Relative Safe

Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my paternal grandmother’s country home. This special lady taught me the importance of hard work. Every summer, I worked alongside her in her large, vegetable garden. Unfortunately, my grandmother’s health started to deteriorate a few years ago. However, this spunky woman wanted to continue living by herself at her home. To keep her safe, my grandmother’s children purchased some medical equipment and supplies for her. They bought a hospital bed, a bed pan, an oxygen tank, and a walker for her. On this blog, I hope you will discover the types of medical equipment and supplies that can help your elderly loved one stay safe and independent.

Pregnancy Checks On Dogs: Options


When you breed your dog and are hoping to get a good litter of puppies, you always want to be sure that your bitch and the puppies are doing well. Regular check-ups with your veterinarian will not only confirm the dog's pregnancy, but also assure you of the health and well-being of mother and pups. Here are a couple of different options that vets use that are safe enough to use on your pregnant dog.


A really good vet can feel when a bitch is pregnant and when she is not pregnant. However, palpation is only effective after the pups reach at least one quarter of their full expected birth weight and size. Early on in the pregnancy, you and your vet will need machines to help you get some clear images, and some clear confirmation, on your dog's pregnancy. Thankfully, there are at least two machines available to your veterinarian that can assist with this task. Since most vets already own an x-ray machine, that is probably what your vet will use first. If he/she has a veterinary ultrasound machine, then the vet may use that instead, or in addition to, the x-ray machine.


X-rays of the mother dog's abdomen when she is halfway through her pregnancy will confirm that pups are present and healthy. If you want your vet to "guess-timate" how many pups are there, the vet can put the x-ray up on a light box and count the number of spines that can be seen. Each of the visible spines is one viable puppy (at least in utero). If your dog should start labor, and then suddenly stop, the vet may take more x-rays to confirm the presence of a pup in the birth canal. (The puppy may be stuck in the birth canal and that would cause labor to stop.)

Veterinary Ultrasound

Veterinary ultrasound is very similar to human ultrasound. There is a trans-vaginal wand, which is inserted into the vagina of the mother animal, and an exterior wand, for capturing images through the abdomen. Depending on how far along your dog is in her pregnancy, the vet may use one or the other wand. If your dog has some uterine or vaginal issues that may be concerning or cause miscarriage of the pups, your vet will immediately go to the abdominal wand instead of the trans-vaginal wand. If not, you and your vet can use the trans-vaginal wand to get really good images of all of the pups inside the uterus. For more information, contact a business such as Keebovet.


8 February 2017