That’s exactly what the people at Synbiotics Corporation thought when they began developing the new ReproCHEK pregnancy blood test for dogs. According to printed material about ReproCHEK, the test is designed to test for relaxin, a hormone that is produced when the fertilized egg is implanted. It generally takes about 21-25 days following fertilization for the egg to implant and produce detectable levels of relaxin in the blood stream. Relaxin hormone remains in the bloodstream during pregnancy and can also be an indicator if the pregnancy is lost or spontaneously aborted. With this new technology, it is possible to tell if planned mating was successful, and also to tell if unplanned pregnancy has occurred. This new test also helps rule out “false pregnancy” that can occur in females exhibiting signs of pregnancy that are not actually pregnant.
Now you can know if your female dog is pregnant or not, within 25 days after mating. The test involves drawing a blood sample from your pet and waiting approximately 20 minutes for test results! It couldn’t be easier! Other reliable forms of pregnancy tests are ultrasound, xrays, and physical examination performed by an experienced veterinarian. Pregnant animals should be under the supervised care of your veterinarian. Xrays and ultrasound are often used in combination with ReproCHEK in order to determine the number of fetuses (feti) that are present. Ask your veterinarian about ReproCHEK today!