Used For: Confirming Pregnancy in all Dog Breeds as Early as 21 Days.
The Draminski Pregnancy Detector for dogs determines pregnancy by locating amniotic fluid in the uterus with ultrasonic wave reflection. When pressed to the animal’s skin, the probe sends an ultrasound beam which is reflected from the uterus filled with fluid and returns to the probe, causing the device to emit a sound and light to indicate a positive result.
Testing between the 25th and 28th day of pregnancy delivers the most accurate diagnosis.
The Draminski Dog Pregnancy Detector is available to CKC members with a special member discount as part of PetTech Solutions’ partnership with the Canadian Kennel Club. CKC members can log in to the Member-Only Website or contact the Canadian Kennel Club to acquire the member-only discount code. Not a CKC member? Join here
Unit weight 340 g (with battery)
Dimensions 15.5 x 8.0 x 4.5 cm
Lenght of the cable probe 110 cm
Power supply 1 x 9 V alkaline battery, type 6LF-22
Battery low indication automatic
Power input about 33 mA
Estimated working time on one battery pack about 17h
Recommended working temperature from 10°C to 45°C
Recommended storage temperature from 5°C to 50°C
DOG PREGNANCY DETECTOR FAQ’s
How does the Pregnancy Detector work?
The Pregnancy Detector for Dogs uses ultrasound waves to detect the presence of amniotic fluid inside the uterus. Amniotic fluid indicates pregnancy.
How early can a pregnancy be confirmed?
Pregnancy can be confirmed as early as the 21st day after mating / insemination. The optimal time for greatest accuracy is 25-28th day. Testing can be performed from 3 weeks after mating. However, the optimal time for accurate diagnosis is between days 25 & 28, due to the enlargement of the uterus at this time and its movement slightly downward, closer to the peritoneum. Testing prior to day 25 is possible, but accuracy decreases due to insufficient amniotic fluid being present to reflect the ultrasonic waves. Testing after the optimal period is also possible
Can the Pregnancy Detector be used with all breeds?
Yes, the device allows you to adjust the ultrasound signal for all breed sizes. Setting this correctly is important. Bitches vary in weight and size for different breeds and thus the gain must be set to the correct position relevant to the size of the bitch that is being tested.
The device is calibrated for the following settings:
S For small bitches – (Yorkshire Terrier, Chihuahua, Pekingese, Toy Poodle, Daschund, etc.)
M For medium size bitches – (West Highland White Terrier, Border Terrier, Norwich or Norfolk Terrier, Fox Terrier, Whippet, Cocker Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Corgi)
L For large bitches – (German Shepherd, Border Collie, Rottweiler, Labrador/Retriever, Afghan Hound, Standard Poodle, Doberman, Boxer, Dalmatian etc.)
G For giant bitches – (Bloodhound, Old English Sheepdog, St.Bernard, Newfoundland, Bernese Mountain Dog, Irish Wolfhound, etc.)
With usage, familiarity and experience, the gain control can be adjusted to suit the particular bitch, both in terms of breed type and actual size, so that an optimum setting is achieved to ascertain accurate results.
How long does it take to perform a test?
Normal scanning time is 15 to 20 seconds or a little longer, but with practice, accurate test results can be achieved in a few seconds.
How do you use the Pregnancy Detector?
Place the probe to the right groin, direct it 40-45° pointing towards the head. It is imperative that the probe is placed and directed as shown in the diagram in the user manual and is pointing towards the front of the bitch at an approximate angle of 40 to 45 degrees.
It is advised to ensure an empty bladder and stomach if possible before testing and to ensure the probe is placed in the correct position to avoid a false positive resulting from a full bladder or stomach. For accuracy, the tests should be conducted on both sides, when the bitch is standing. The best time to test the bitch is when she has an empty stomach and an empty bladder. A full stomach and/or bladder may cause false pregnancy results.
How do you interpret the results?
The light and sound signal pulsating slowly (1/s) indicates proper probe contact with the skin. The light together with sound signal pulsating faster (up to 5/s) indicates pregnancy.
I do not want to shave any hair/fur, is it possible for the device to work without having to shave a small patch?
It is very important to touch the probe to the skin so shaving a small spot is highly recommended. However, to avoid having to shave a small patch, if that is preferred, the second option is wetting/soaking the fur with a solution of water and alcohol (50/50) the main purpose of soaking is to increase the ability to move the wet hair out of the way to get to the best contact between the probe and the skin. If water with alcohol is too weak a mixture to soak long hair properly, then using oil or ultrasound gel could be a better solution.
The device uses ultrasound waves and ultrasound waves will not pass through air. There are air bubbles in fur/hair. Ultrasound requires good contact with the skin and lubrication to work effectively. If you have ever had an ultrasound, you might recall the amount of gel applied to the skin to get a good ultrasound image. There can be lots of air bubbles in the hair/fur which will interfere with the signal. Soaking the fur while gently pressing out the air bubbles working out trapped air will help. Part the hair/fur to get as close to the skin as possible and use a good amount of lubrication from either KY-jelly or mineral oil (any oil is fine) is suggested.
The pregnancy Detector has been great to use. And I use it on both my dogs and sheep. It’s helped with knowing if my bitches are in whelp prior to export or just for knowing if we are expecting puppies or not.
Anita-kaye Malby, Jacknthebox Kennels + Barrakee” Dorper Stud – Australia
Evelyn Chisholm, long standing CKC Member and Secretary of the Canadian West Highland White Terrier Club says, “I am very happy with both the Dog Ovulation Detector and the Pregnancy Detector. I have a very pregnant Calleigh and no huge vet bill! The money spent will pay for itself very quickly and they are so easy to use.” “I am very happy with both the Draminski Dog Ovulation Detector and the Draminski Pregnancy Detector. I have a very pregnant Calleigh and no huge vet bill! The money spent will pay for itself very quickly and they are so easy to use.”