How big does a whelping box need to be?
For medium-size dog breeds, considered a whelping box that is about 28 to 34 inches long by 28 to 34 inches deep. Large dog breeds need whelping boxes that measure about 42 to 45 inches long by 34 to 40 inches deep. Extra-large breeds need boxes at least 48 to 58 inches long by 40 to 48 inches deep.
The temperature under the heat lamp in the whelping box should be around 85°F for the first 2-3 days, and then can be dropped to 75-80°F depending on the surrounding temperature. A temperature of 70-75°F on the far side of the box is fine.
- It provides further evidence that early separation from the litter influences specific problem behavior patterns in adult dogs. With this knowledge, we can continue to stress the importance of keeping litters together with the mother until the puppies are at least 8 weeks of age.
- Method 5 Caring for a Newborn Orphan Puppy
- Be ready to provide 24-hour care.
- Purchase a milk substitute.
- Feed newborn puppies every 2 hours.
- Watch for signs that the puppy is hungry.
- Use a bottle and teat designed for use with puppies.
- Let the puppy eat until he stops feeding.
- Wipe the puppy's face after each feeding.
- The babies will need to be fed a commercial canine milk replacer. Be sure to use one specifically formulated for puppies, as cow's milk and other milk replacer can cause diarrhea. Puppies will need bottle or syringe feeding every few hours for several weeks.
A whelping box (also nesting box or whelping pen) is designed to protect puppies during birth (whelping) and early life by keeping them safely contained, protected from cold, and safe from the danger of crushing or smothering by the mother.
- Symptoms of canine influenza virus include:
- Variable fever.
- Clear nasal discharge that progresses to thick, yellowish-green mucus.
- Rapid/difficult breathing.
- Loss of appetite.
- Pets have ways of dealing with warm (think panting) and cold (think fur) temperatures that humans don't. The Alliance to Save Energy recommends pet owners set the thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter, but check with your vet to see what temperature range is best for your particular breed.
- The commonly agreed-upon lowest comfortable setting is 68 degrees; keeping it at 75 degrees can cost 15 percent more. If 68 degrees seems chilly, you can always wear a sweater and slippers to stay warm. Setting the thermostat to 62 overnight will save you even more on your energy bill.
Updated: 26th November 2019