28 days from the first TCI should be approximately when we should know, but I'm not a huge believer in doing a ton of stuff to interfere with the process other then an x-ray at the end so we know approximately how many puppies to expect.
I will have to try and con all the techie people out there to set up the webcam on the whelping box. If everything goes well then all of you will be able to feel like you are right there!
Of course there will have to be a disclaimer about me in my PJ's...
(the .4 might be off, I was in a loud area and couldn't quite hear the number)
Here we go!
On Wednesday we will go for one more progesterone to see exact numbers, but at this point the eggs are there, now they need a couple of days to mature and then we can do the breeding via the TCI at Dr. van deer Ende's.
I thought I should review the steps that we have to follow in order to have the best chances of having puppies.
Now that we've finishing the dogs championship, passed all health tests, found a boy who has a complimentary pedigree & has also passed his health testing, and managed to get his semen safely in the country at our reproduction Veterinarian....we wait.
I know, I don't wait well either! But this is what we are left to do.
We are waiting for Maggie to ovulate. Normally we breed Danes around Day 10-14, but Maggie has no want, will or desire to co-operate.
April 1st (Day 4) 1.05 ng/ml
April 5th (Day 8) 1.42 ng/ml
April 7th (Day 10) 1.48 ng/ml
Now you may be asking "What does this mean to me and potential pups?"
Well here's the science:
Progesterone is considered 'Baseline' until it reaches 1.8 ng/ml
when we start to see the rise - 2-3 ng/ml things will move along quickly.
5-8 ng/ml = Ovulation! This is a key set of numbers that we need because puppies would be born 60 days from this point.
It takes 2 days for eggs to mature after ovulation (or become fertile) and will remain
viable for 2-3 days.
Traditionally progesterone testing will be around 15-20 ng/ml at this point but can be in the 20's!