General Whelping

My whelping advice

The amount of information online about whelping these days is endless most of it will stand you in good stead, however I thought I would post my 2 bits worth here for everyone to read and digest should they wish to.

Firstly let’s start with the essentials that are required and then break them down further.

◦ Whelping Box

◦ Fleece Lining

◦ Heat Pad

◦ Whelping Kit

◦ Absorbent Pads

Whelping Box

A whelping box being undoubtedly the most important item required for whelping. The box of sorts can be made of many different materials from cardboard to plastic, some old style boxes were made of wood but these days they are not used much at all. The box itself is used for the bitch dog to give birth in and is the puppies safe haven for the first part of their life.

Whelping Box

The ideal time to get the whelping box set up is around 6 to 7 weeks into pregnancy, so really we need to start thinking about purchasing the whelping box at the beginning of week 6 at the latest. An easy way to select which size whelping box you’re going to need is measure your bitch dog from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail (where it meets the body) from this measurement add around 6” for the rails and free room then purchase the next box size up to this measurement, ideally you should have the whelping box set up 2 weeks in advance of the due date.

My advice would be if it is your first and only litter to purchase a disposable cardboard whelping box as these are great for a single use and are by far the cheapest option, they are very durable despite what you might think, they last very well, I have in fact in the past seen used second hand ones for sale on eBay but I wouldn’t recommend using a second hand one due to cross contamination possibilities. Where to purchase? Well there are many places online to purchase a whelping box, but as far as disposable whelping boxes go the best and longest established seller is Petnap I personally wouldn’t even look elsewhere.

When the box arrives it will be flat packed (assuming you have purchased a Petnap box). Inside the main outer parcel packaging will be:

◦ Folded whelping box

◦ A coated board for an extra base layer

◦ 3 wooden rails

◦ Fixings

◦ Instruction sheet

Take a look through the instructions as these will guide you through setting up the box, I will say in advance you will need a cross head screwdriver and some good parcel tape (wider the tape the better)

The rails are used to go around the inner edge of the box on 3 sides, the back and the 2 side edges, there are marks on the outside of the box to guide you were to put them but the marks tend to only be a guide and really you should position them at the same height as your bitches spine when she is laying on her side.

Fleece Lining

No whelping box is complete without a fleece to line it. The amount of different names given to this fleece is quite frankly ridiculous, you will hear it referred to as:

◦ Fleece Bedding

◦ Vet Bed

◦ Vet Fleece

◦ Veterinary Bedding

◦ Pet Fleece

◦ Vet Fleece Bedding

In short it is one in the same thing, it’s made from the same materials in the same way just called many different things to confuse the consumer. My advise when purchasing a the fleece is to just buy it from the cheapest and easiest source possible, normally this will be cheapest when purchased with a whelping box as part of a deal set.

You can of course purchase the fleece in many colours, sizes and 15m rolls if required. Purchasing with a whelping box is a good ideal as it will be pre-cut to fit your chosen box.

Electric Heat Pad

Without a heat source for your puppies to cling to could end in disaster as puppies are unable to regulate their own body temperature for the first 2 to 3 weeks. Most breeders these days will use an electric pet heat pad over some of the older fashion options such as hot water bottles or heat lamps.

The main advantages of using a plugin heat pad is they are very effective, extremely cheap to run, they don’t need any continuous maintenance to keep them warm and they will not over heat the bitch like a heat lamp will. If you were to go down the route of using a hot water bottle you will have the inconvenience of having to refill it every 4 hours as it will become to cold. Heat lamps are an ok option but certainly not the best for reasons I will go into: Firstly a heat lamp is an extremely expensive option to run compared to all other available options but above that with regards to negatives it will heat up everything in its path including the mum, extra heat is the last thing the bitch needs during whelping and/or after whelping.

Whelping Kit

When it comes to whelping kits there is an endless amount of options available. There are literally hundreds to choose from. In reality there is only a handful of items that you really require.

◦ Bulb Syringe

◦ Scales

◦ Cord Scissors

◦ ID bands

◦ Gloves

I would say that these are my top 5 items that are a definite must, there are a couple of other things that I would normally use and purchase but these 5 are the essentials. My advice is not to get caught up in people selling you items that you’re never going to need. Stick to the whelping kit on Petnap or goYo pets as they are very similar.

Absorbent pads

The days of using old newspapers to soak up whelping mess and puppy wee I imagine are long behind us I for one can’t even remember the last time I read or purchased a newspaper with all the news being available online for free these days. When it comes to absorbent pads the main features that you need to consider is the size and the bottom layer. The size is important because if they are to small you will end up with mess running off the edges, over lapping them just means you will use more so pretty pointless, the other feature is the base layer, make sure the base layer is waterproof so that the mess soaks in the top layers and not through.

General Whelping Vet(s)

What makes a good veterinarian when it comes to Whelping?

A pregnant dog requires a lot of care and maintenance to prevent major problems from occurring. Working with a vet during this period is critical to reducing the chance of troubles. Giving birth is a natural process for dogs and in most cases, the delivery will be smooth and without any complication and your bitch will effortlessly handle it without any help.

However, the proceedings should be monitored as problems can still occur and early intervention could be the difference between life and death.

Whether this is your first time or have experience dealing with a whelping dog, collaborating with your vet can help you and the dog manage the process effectively.

Whelping is simply the process of female dogs giving birth to puppies, usually in a whelping box. Also known as a whelping pen, nesting box, or helping den, a whelping box is designed to safeguard the puppies during birth as well as early life by ensuring they are contained, and safe from the risk of smothering or crushing by the mother, and protected from harsh weather.

A good veterinarian should be there to offer advice from start to finish. But most importantly, a good vet should inform you of the potential problems during and post whelping so that you prepare for any eventuality.

If your bitch is pregnant, it is critical to have knowledge of when the puppies are due as well as how many are expected. A vet should have an x-ray of your dog a week before the due date to give a general approximation of the number of expected puppies. This way, you will know if something goes wrong before they are born.

But despite the possible problems that may necessitate veterinary intervention, most vets prefer the dog to whelp in a familiar environment at home. This is because your dog may be exposed to infectious bacteria and even have a spike in maternal stress in the vet clinic.

As mentioned earlier, whelping should be seamless and without involve a vet, but a good veterinarian should inform you of the potential problems lying ahead as well as causes and treatment.

Some of the potential problems during whelping include but are not limited to:


Dystocia is the most common problem experienced by dogs during whelping. It is a term that refers to when the bitch is not progressing as expected through labor because of an issue. The issue could be:-

The bread: Breeds that are susceptible to this condition include French bulldogs, British bulldogs, and boxers.

The size and shape of the pelvic canal: This is often affected by previous fractured pelvis or breed conformation and can make delivering puppies difficult. The head-to-pelvis ratio is often used to decide the size of the pelvic canal and the larger the head size compared to the pelvis the harder it will be for the mother-to-be dog to deliver puppies.

Size of the puppies: This is a common cause of dystocia and is when the puppy is a bit larger than normal, in which case it will not fit the pelvic canal. This is usually a common occurrence when there is only one pup in the litter.

Developmental flaws: In some cases, the pups may experience development faults that lead to ballooning of certain parts of the body, making birth difficult.

Position of the puppy: It is normal for a puppy to be born tail first or head first. However, you should be very concerned if the pup comes bottom first or sideways because it will stuck in the birth canal.

The demise of the pup in utero: In the unfortunate event that the puppy dies in utero, it can lead to unusual positioning which can impact the contraction of the uterine.

What makes a good vet for whelping?

Here are the minimum requirements for a veterinarian when it comes to whelping:

  • Experience: How long has the vet been whelping? Although experience doesn’t always mean quality service, a good vet should have at least five years of whelping experience.
  • Lower cases of C-section: Vets used in whelping should have a very low case of litters ending in C-section. By low, we mean below 3%.
  • Blend of full-time and part-time members: A good vet team should have a good mixture of full-time and part-time professionals to help with whelping as well as raising the litter.
  • Provide the soon-to-be momma dog with a loving and safe environment, including preparing a whelping box.
  • Offer round-the-clock care for the whelping dog before her due date, post-labor, and beyond until she is home safely.
  • Give the mother and the puppy a dose of deworming medicine (Pyrantel preferably) at two weeks, four weeks, as well as six weeks of age.
  • Offer socializing training a couple of times a day to the pups.
  • Remove declaws within 48 hours after delivery (this should be optional and the owner should make the call).
  • Provide the best home for the puppies.
  • Take care of the pups until they are ready to go home.
  • Properly administer medications such as ergonovine or oxytocin to enhance uterine contractions when needed.
  • Have cutting-edge equipment such as air sterilizer, oxygen concentrator, ultrasound machine, enough canister of oxygen, incubator, oxygen concentrator, and nebulizer just to mention a few.


Breeding a female dog is one of the best experiences of owning a pet. If you don’t have the experience or time to provide the best whelping services possible, you can contact vets used in whelping to provide specialized care to your female dog and its puppies.




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The Whelping Process

What is the process of whelping?

How to prepare dogs for whelping

  1. Due date
  2. Vet care

Whelping box

What does the typical whelping process look like?

What are Stages of birth?

  1. Preparing for birth
  2. Giving birth
  3. After labor

What are the Problems during whelping?

  1. General illness
  2. Straining but no pup
  3. Green discharge
  4. Bleeding
  5. Exhaustion
  6. Puppy Stuck
  7. Sac problems
  8. Umbilical cord problems
  9. No puppies

What are Signs of pregnancy in dogs?

How will my vet know if my dog is pregnant?

  1. Examining
  2. Ultrasonography
  3. A test of blood

How can you Care of your pregnant dog?

  1. Feeding
  2. Exercise
  3. Worming

What are Problems after pregnancy?

  1. Problems with the breasts
  2. Metritis (infection of the womb)
  3. Eclampsia (hypocalcaemia)
  4. Problems related to behavior and motherhood

What is treatment for dogs who have dystocia?

  1. Monitoring
  2. X-rays or some kind of scan
  3. Medication
  4. Assisted delivery
  5. Caesarean

Where do you begin to look for indications that something is wrong?

The Whelping Process

What is the process of whelping?

Whelping is the term used to describe the process by which a dog gives birth to her litter of puppies. The vast majority of dogs are completely capable of giving birth to their puppies without any assistance. However, you should keep a close eye on your dog while she is in the later stages of her pregnancy and while she is giving birth. If you have a good understanding of what is typical for a dog while it is in labor, you will be able to recognize warning signs of potential complications earlier.


Preparing dog for whelping

Before your dog gives birth, you should begin preparing for the whelping process. Additionally, vaguely remember the following:

  1. Due date

You should be aware of your dog’s estimated due date so you can adequately prepare and monitor her throughout her pregnancy. On average, dogs give birth after 63 days (but this can range from 57-71 days).

  1. Vet care

Immediately upon suspecting that your dog may be pregnant, if you have not already done so, register her with a veterinarian. They will be able to tell you when she becomes pregnant and when she will give birth. In case of an emergency, keep your vet’s daytime and after-hours phone number on your phone.

Whelping box

As soon as possible out that your dog is going to have puppies, you need to get everything ready, including a box for her to give birth in. Either you can get a box that has already been made for you, or you can make one yourself (a large rigid cardboard box will often do). It is imperative that the container be:

  • Warm and comfortable and inviting.
  • In a calm, secluded area that is kept at an average temperature of 22 degrees Celsius.
  • A bedding lining that is hygienic, washable in the machine, and absorbent (towels are perfect).
  • Capable of accommodating your pet’s ability to move freely and stretch out while inside.
  • Your dog should be able to walk over it without difficulty, but it should be high enough to prevent any newborn puppies from escaping.
  • Outfitted on the inside with rails or obstacles to prevent the puppies from being pressed up against the walls of the cardboard box.

What does the typical whelping process look like?

In most cases, the pregnant woman will be aware of the upcoming onset of labor; however, there are situations in which she may be misremembering, particularly if she is an extremely young woman. She will become restless two to four days before she gives birth, and she will look for a quiet place to give birth. If you have properly prepared the area and introduced her to it, this should be the location where she gives birth to her puppies. Because her core temperature will drop by a significant amount in the last twenty-four hours before she gives birth, it is generally a good idea to check it several times throughout the day in order to get a “heads up.”

What are Stages of birth?

After that, she will travel off to the location of her choosing to start constructing a nest and having babies there. The bitch goes through three stages:

Stage 1: Preparing for birth

Stage 2: Giving birth

Stage 3: After labor

Stage 1: Preparing for birth

As the time grows closer for your dog to give birth, her birth canal will begin to relax and widen, and her puppies will rotate and position themselves in the correct position. Whelping preparation usually takes between six and twelve hours, but it can take as long as thirty-six (especially for a first time mum, or a nervous dog). At this point, you should be able to observe the following behaviours in your dog and get your whelping kit ready:

  • Becoming agitated
  • Keeping Panting hidden
  • Eating less (contact your vet if you are concerned or she vomits a lot)
  • Digging, pacing, and circling her whelping box are all examples of “nesting.”
  • Faint cramping accompanied by a trace amount of blood or mucus that is either red or brown, coming from her vulva (but not straining)

Your dog should start to relax right before she begins labor, preferably in the whelping box that you have prepared for her.

Stage 2: Giving birth

When your dog is ready to have her puppies, she will start having strong contractions and have the urge to move around.

  • Most of the time, the first puppy takes the longest to be born. If the contractions are weak, it could take two to four hours, but if they are strong, it should only take 20 to 30 minutes.
  • There will be time between each puppy, which could be anywhere from five minutes to an hour. This is a normal amount of time between puppies, as long as your dog is calm and not working too hard.
  • If your dog has ever struggled and had painful contractions for 20 to 30 minutes without moving forward or giving birth, you should call your vet right away.
  • Even though most pups come out with their heads first, some do not.
  • Puppies are born in a small sac that their mother will open so they can breathe.
  • After giving birth to a puppy, your dog should pass an afterbirth (called a placenta), which they often eat. The placenta is the organ that gives the puppy oxygen and food while it is still in the womb. Even though a placenta should form about 15 minutes after each new puppy, they usually don’t (i.e. a few pups may be born before their placentas are passed). If not all of the placentas are passed, a condition called “merits” may show up in the weeks after the pups are born. If your dog has a big litter, don’t let her eat too many placentas because that could make her throw up and have diarrhea.
  • Your dog should be calm and at ease, licking her puppies until her contractions start up again.
  • During childbirth, your dog’s vulva will most likely leak some clear or red fluid. But there isn’t usually that much blood.
  • You might see a small amount of green discharge after a puppy is born, but a lot of green discharge without a puppy could be a problem.

Most of the time, your dog will not need help during labor. It’s important to keep an eye on her, but its best not to check on her or try to help her give birth, because too much interference can cause problems after the baby is born. If you are worried that your dog is having trouble giving birth, you should call your veterinarian.


Stage 3: After labor

  • Depending on how long the contractions and straining have been going on, it can take anywhere from three to twelve hours to deliver the entire litter. Even though the exact timing can vary, most dogs have their entire litter within the span of six hours.
  • Never allow the procedure to last longer than twenty-four hours; if it does, there is a very significant risk that something will go wrong.
  • After she has finished giving birth to all of her puppies, your dog will most likely be very tired and hungry at the same time. As she will need to eat, relax, connect with, and feed her puppies, you should make sure that they are in an area that is quiet, comfortable, and where they won’t be bothered by anyone else.
  • If your dog isn’t calm and at ease after giving birth, there is a possibility that she will reject her puppies and refuse to nurse them.

What are the Problems during whelping?

Most dogs can give birth on their own, but sometimes there are problems, which vets call dystocia (difficulty giving birth). French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, and Pugs have flat faces more than most other dog breeds. Get help from your vet right away, if you notice any of the following:

New born puppies

  1. General illness

If your dog shows signs of being sick or just does not seem like herself before, during, or after giving birth.

  1. Straining but no pup

If your dog has been trying to mate for 20 to 30 minutes but hasn’t been able to, you should go to the vet right away.

  1. Green discharge

If you don’t see a puppy, a green leak from your dog’s vulva could mean that the puppy is in pain (for example, if their blood and oxygen supply is failing).

  1. Bleeding

During a whelping, you may see some fluid and red discharge, but anything more than a few drops of blood is abnormal and needs to be checked out by your vet right away.

  1. Exhaustion

If your dog’s labor goes on for a long time or if she is an older dog with less energy to start with, she may get tired, stop trying, and need help from your vet.

  1. Puppy Stuck

Puppies that are big, don’t look right, or are born backwards can sometimes get stuck in the pelvis, either partially or completely. If your dog has a puppy stuck inside of her, call your vet right away. Do not try to take the puppy away or even touch it without specific advice and instructions from your vet.

  1. Sac problems

Some dogs need help getting the birth sac off their puppies (especially first time mothers). Give your dog a chance to get rid of it on her own, but if she can’t do it soon after giving birth to the puppy, you may need to help her. Just rip a hole in the sac to free the puppy’s head and let them breathe. Don’t use scissors; instead, use your fingers to rip a hole. If you are having trouble, you should call your vet right away.

  1. Umbilical cord problems

Dogs usually chew through their umbilical cords, which connect them to their mother’s placenta, as soon as they are born. You don’t have to get rid of them right away, but if you put it off too long, they could make you sick or cause other problems. If some of your puppies still have their umbilical cords attached a few hours after they were born, you might have to tie and cut them off by hand. You may also want to tie up any loose wires (often caused by the mother overenthusiastically nibbling them). Call your vet to find out how to tie a knot and cut an umbilical cord. If you do it wrong, the dog could get an infection or be hurt.

  1. No puppies

Ask your vet for help if your dog is pregnant but hasn’t shown any signs of labor a few days after it should have started (usually 70–72 days after the two of them mated).

  1. Fading or unwell puppies

Call your vet right away if any of your dog’s puppies stop breathing, can’t move or eat, or show other signs of illness.

What are Signs of pregnancy in dogs?

  • The time a dog is pregnant is about 63 days, or 9 weeks, but it can be anywhere from 56 to 72 days.
  • In the early stages of pregnancy, your dog isn’t likely to show many signs other than bigger or pinker nipples and a swollen vulva (private parts). However, as her pregnancy goes on, you will start to see more obvious signs, such as: Putting on weight and getting a solid, round stomach that starts to sag.
  • Having a bigger appetite, especially in the second half of the pregnancy. The mammary glands and milk coming in (from the 5th week)
  • Low strength
  • Behavior changes include nesting, being quieter than usual, and sometimes being mean (especially around the time of whelping)

How will my vet know if my dog is pregnant?

There are a few ways to tell if your dog is pregnant or not:

  1. Examining

If your dog is three to five weeks pregnant, your vet may be able to feel for puppies through your dog’s stomach (belly). However, this isn’t the most reliable way to tell if you’re pregnant, and it can be hard.

  1. Ultrasonography

Your vet will be able to use an ultrasound on your dog about 25 days after they have been together.

  1. A test of blood

Your vet can do blood tests around 25 days after mating to see if your pet is pregnant.

 How can you Care of your pregnant dog?

  1. Feeding

Your pregnant dog will experience a significant increase in appetite; by the time her pregnancy is over, it is likely that she will be eating anywhere from two to three times as much as she normally does! You are required to feed her high-quality puppy chow or food that is specifically formulated for canines that are breastfeeding or pregnant. Your dog will be able to receive all of the essential nutrients if she is fed the appropriate diet, and she will have a lower chance of developing conditions such as pregnancy toxemia and hypocalcaemia/eclampsia. It is best to feed your pregnant dog a series of small meals throughout the day rather than one large meal because her womb will be pressing on her stomach, making it difficult for her to consume a lot of food at once.

  1. Exercise

It is extremely important to maintain your dog’s health throughout her pregnancy; however, as the due date draws closer, she won’t require or want as much exercise as she normally would. Give your dog the freedom to choose how much she wants to accomplish, particularly in the later stages of her pregnancy, and give her permission to take a break whenever she shows signs of being tired.

  1. Worming

When your dog is pregnant, she will need to undergo deworming treatments on a more regular basis so that she does not pass worms on to her puppies. Always seek guidance from the office of your veterinarian, as this is necessary because not all workers are considered safe for use during pregnancy.

What are Problems after pregnancy?

After your dog has given birth, there are a few things that you will need to keep an eye out for, including the following:

  1. Problems with the breasts

It is important to perform routine checks on your dog’s mammary glands to ensure that she is producing an adequate amount of milk to sustain her puppies and that she is not suffering from any conditions, such as mastitis (a painful infection of the mammary glands). Immediately seek the assistance of your veterinarian if you observe any of the following warning signs:

  • Milk not being available
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Milk with a hue that is not normal
  1. Metritis (infection of the womb)

Metritis is the common name for this uterine infection. Dogs that have trouble giving birth, who still have puppies or placentas in the uterus after giving birth, or who have puppies or placentas still inside the uterus are most likely to be affected by this uncommon but significant issue (very rare in dogs). Metritis often manifests with symptoms such as fatigue, loss of appetite, increased body temperature, offensive-smelling vaginal discharge, and a reduction for milk produced. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should consult your local veterinarian as soon as possible for advice. It’s possible that your dog will have some vaginal discharge for up to six weeks after giving birth; however, the discharge shouldn’t have a smell, and she shouldn’t show any other signs of illness during that time.

  1. Eclampsia (hypocalcaemia)

Eclampsia is a potentially fatal illness that is brought on by low calcium levels. Other names for this condition include puerperal tetany and hypocalcaemia. It most frequently manifests itself during the last few weeks of pregnancy or during the first few weeks after delivery. The breeds most likely to be affected by this condition are those that are small, have large litter sizes, did not receive adequate nutrition during their pregnancies, and produce a large quantity of milk. It may come as a surprise to learn that dogs who took calcium supplements during their pregnancies are also more likely to develop eclampsia, but the reason for this is that the body becomes dependent on calcium supplements and is unable to use its own calcium when it is required. A number of symptoms, including drooling, stiffness, weakness, unusual behavior, twitching of the muscles, spasms, and finally seizures, characterizes eclampsia.

  1. Problems related to behavior and motherhood

A caesarean section, a difficult delivery, or a lot of assistance from the dog’s owner or veterinarian are all factors that can make it more challenging for some dogs to adjust to their new role as mothers. However, the vast majority of dogs are able to take on this role without any problems at all. You should prepare a whelping box for your dog well in advance of the time she is due, and you should make sure that it is situated in a warm, quiet, and peaceful area that is away from the crowded areas of your home in order to reduce the likelihood of a problem occurring. During the time that your dog is in labor, you should keep a close eye on her and assist her only if it is necessary. Call your dog’s veterinarian as soon as possible if you have any concerns about her health at any time during her pregnancy or while she is in the process of giving birth to her puppies.

What is treatment for dogs who have dystocia?

If your dog is having trouble giving birth, you should get in touch with your veterinarian as soon as you possibly can, and you should try to provide as much information as you can about both her and the pregnancy. It’s possible that your dog needs the following things:

  1. Monitoring

Your pet can remain at the animal hospital under the care of the veterinarian so that he or she can monitor the situation and see what unfolds. Your veterinarian will check on her frequently and will administer additional treatment if it’s necessary.

  1. X-rays or some kind of scan

Examining the puppies while they are still in the womb with scans and x-rays can help determine whether there are any problems.

  1. Medication

If your dog is having difficulty giving birth, the veterinarian who is caring for her may decide to administer oxytocin, a medication that stimulates the uterus to contract more forcefully. Oxytocin is not always necessary and, if administered incorrectly, can result in extreme pain and ripping of the womb. Before administering this, however, it is essential that your veterinarian examine your dog in order to determine whether it should receive this treatment.

  1. Assisted delivery

If your dog is having trouble passing the puppy, your veterinarian may be able to gently assist with the delivery of the puppy. If the puppy is too large or malformed to pass through the pelvis, your dog might require a caesarean section to have it delivered. Never separate a puppy from its mother without first consulting a qualified veterinarian; doing so puts both the mother dog and the new puppy in grave danger.

  1. Caesarean

During a caesarean section procedure, a general anesthetic is administered so that the womb can be opened and the puppies can be extracted.

Where do you begin to look for indications that something is wrong?

In most cases, you should contact us as soon as possible if the bitch.

  • Strains that have not given birth to any puppies in more than an hour Two hours after the last pup was born, she fails to produce another; two days after her fever plummeted, she still has not given birth to any puppies.
  • Strong contractions that occur irregularly are being experienced by.
  • Gives the impression of being worn out or depressed.
General Whelping


Whelping puppies is one of the most exciting and amazing things you’ll ever likely do. In many cases a dog is able to take care of the whelp completely on her own. However it is certainly useful to understand the process and the signs of impending whelping in case you need to step in and help.

Whelping a word most breeders may not have heard before if it is their first time. The process of whelping is not difficult to master and achieve, it is just the name used for the delivering/birth of puppies. The Pup’s themselves are often noted as ‘whelps’ during their newborn period.

General Whelping

Help! My bitch is due

I have a staff she is 61 days and she has clear fluid coming out, when she sits down there has been wet patches left behind here is no smell and is not wee she has only eaten half her food for the last couple of days and now she has eaten all her dinner, temperature has been around 38, lowest yesterday was 37.0 today is 37.5. So was woundering if she is starting her first stage of whelping she also keeps licking her belly.

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Whelping Box Supplier required


Haven’t been on the forum for a while, just after some advice, can anybody suggest a company that I can purchase a Whelping box from that you have used and would recommend, I would prefer to buy it from a company that I can purchase other bits from at the same time like bedding, whelping kit etc.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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What is a Whelping Box

A whelping box can be described in short, as a box that is used for the birth of puppies to take place in and is the puppies home for the first stage of their life.

At around 6 weeks into pregnancy, we need to start thinking about the whelping box. Let’s have a look at an easy way to work out which size whelping box you’re going to need, remember you should be doing this at the 7 week point at the latest as ideally you should have the whelping box set 2 weeks prior to the due date.

The advice we give when selecting the correct size whelping box is to measure from the nose to the base of tail add several inches for the incorporation of puppy rails and free room and then go for the next size whelping box up from this measurement. (This is advice only and is ultimately down to the customer to select the correct size) The puppies will remain in the whelping box usually around 4 to 6 week, this is when they become more animated and therefore need more space to get around. It can sometimes vary depending on the breed of dog and how big the puppies are and also the number of puppies.

General Whelping Whelping Kits

Whelping Kits

If you are breeding a litter this year, whether it is your first or you are a breeder, you will want to be prepared for the birth of the pups! Investing in a range of products and accessories that you may need to rely upon around the time of whelping can save time and panic when the time comes for your bitch to give birth. Whether you are dog lover, kennel owner, breeder or work in a veterinary practice – having the right supplies is essential for a smooth arrival of the puppies or kittens. 

A professional Whelping kit from Petnap can help save time and will ensure you have to hand every item you could need in the event that something does not go to plan. By purchasing a pre-made kit you can save hours of searching and save money at the same time! The whelping kit contains a wide range of products such as disposables (gloves, swabs, sterile cotton buds) , essential tools (scissors, thermometer, stethoscope) and of course feeding items. 
Occasionally the unexpected can occur during the birth process, the bitch may require a c-section and be unable to produce sufficient milk, the litter may be exceptionally large or the bitch may not take to feeding. To ensure your pups receive instant milk in these circumstances the whelping kit contains a specially formulated milk replacement and feeding apparatus. Keeping a whelping kit at home when you are expecting a litter can help avoid emergency situations.