Rags in Whelping Boxes are Puppy Killers
So you are going to whelp a litter and you have
your whelping box and stack of old rags all ready to go. The litter
comes as planned and everything looks good. You feel a little sorry
for the pups and decide to use some of your old rags for the pups
to sleep on. After all its a lot more comfortable to sleep on an
old towel than the hard wood of the whelping box.
The next morning you come into the room to find
a dead pup that is either under the towel or blanket or tangled
in the old rag. This all could have been prevented if you had wiped
your whelping box out with the rags before going to bed and then
ripped up old newspaper and left the pups with the paper rather
than the blanket or rags.
Take it from someone who has learned the hard
way - rags are for cleaning, blankets are for your bed and newspaper
or wood chips are for whelping boxes or whelping rooms.
I look at old rags that look like this as puppy
death traps. They crawl in them when they scoot around the whelping
box, get tangled like you see below and then either die (a pup can
get weak and die overnight if it does not eat or if it gets pushed
off to the side and gets cold.
This is a 2 day old pup that got
lucky. Maybe that's what I will name it. I forgot to train my kennel
girl to take all rags out of the whelping box. This pup got tangled
and was on its way to dying when I found it at 7 AM. It had been
tangled all night and was laying under the side rail of the whelping
box. It was too weak to suck and the only thing that saved it was
several bottle feedings with my super
home made puppy formula.
here for my Recipe for 11 Calories per CC formual
When you have weak pups I have found
that a human bottle like the one above with a lot of pin holes
in the nipple allows the pups to suck and get nourishment. Sometimes
pups are too weak to suck milk from their mother but they can suck
and get milk from this bottle because it takes less energy. The
formula I use has 11 calories per cc - I would be surprised if
milk replacer from your vet has 2 calories per cc.
I also like the bottle rather than
tube feeding for beginners. Its easy to put too much formula in
a sick pup. If they puke and then inhale they get formula in their
lungs - that spells a dead pup. So when in doubt bottle feed your
babies. It takes a little longer but its the safest way to do it.