Whelping Question
Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 31

Thread: Whelping Question

  1. #1
    Rosie's Mom is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    3

    DefaultWhelping Question

    Hi, Our lab is due this weekend with her first litter. She is a very laid back girl who loves to be near us so I am wondering if its ok to put her whelping box near our kitchen. I keep reading to put it in a quiet corner in a private room, but I feel like she would rather be close to us. Anyone have feedback to this? Also- what is the best material to line the box with? I have read so many different things. Thank you!

  2. Remove Advertisements
    JustLabradors.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    BigBrownDog is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    11,990

    Default

    Don't you have a reputable breeder mentoring you? They should be able to guide you through the process.
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

  4. #3
    Newpuppyownersami is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    134

    Default

    A family friend had pug who had babies. They made a quiet closed off space in their second living room when she was due. If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen I would say make a space in there. If you have a small breakfast table you could put a blanket over it and make a space under it for her. It can be comforting to them to be near you if they have that bond with you.

  5. Remove Advertisements
    JustLabradors.com
    Advertisements
     

  6. #4
    spiritedfilly115's Avatar
    spiritedfilly115 is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    LONG TIME MEMBER from Waaaay back when. Location changes often, .... NC, SC, CA, NY, CO, KY, +
    Posts
    240

    Default

    I have no advice on whelping puppies, I don't breed, but I hope it goes well.
    And I hope someone here does step up and answer your questions.

    If not, call your vet and ask for advice.
    Good luck with mom and babies.





  7. #5
    Rosie's Mom is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    3

    Default

    Thanks everyone, I appreciate the feedback! Our vet and the vet who owned the Sire are both being very helpful, I just like getting as many everyday experiences as I can.

  8. #6
    justine's Avatar
    justine is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    11,446

    Default

    There is a lot of valuable information here: Articles, particularly on the lower righthand side under Breeding/Buying Puppies.

  9. #7
    BigBrownDog is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    11,990

    Default

    Is your dog a pet or is she a show dog or field trial/hunting dog? Have you cleared her (Hips and Elbows, heart, eyes, EIC) through more than just your vet? Is she an accomplished dog (championship of some sort)?
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

  10. #8
    LuvBrown is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    830

    Default

    What do the breeding books you bought say on the subject? What does the breeder of your bitch have to say?

  11. #9
    Luvmydog2much's Avatar
    Luvmydog2much is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Windsor Ontario
    Posts
    3,424

    Default

    Here's the truth. You may be #1 to your girl right now, but when those pups come, her priorities will change.

    Put her in a quiet, easy to clean space, away from other dogs and constant interruption, for at least 3-4 weeks.

    Then, when they are crapping like mighty poop machines, put them in your kitchen. It's very sanitary that way.
    'Don't grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.'
    ~ Michelle Held


    Rhys, Ruby and Nola

  12. #10
    Shelley is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    213

    Default

    Hi Rosie's mom,
    Do you know anyone that has had a litter before? Does your breeder live nearby to help you? Breeding can be really scary, dangerous and expensive. You need someone with experience to assist you, so you know if your girl is progressing normally or not, and if/when she is in trouble. There are life threatening emergencies that can occur with whelping a litter, both for the mother and the puppies, and you need to know the signs. The link that Justine supplied is a good one, but also having someone there, that has experience is paramount. Is your vet a good resource? Did you do progesterone timing, so you know when she is due? I am hoping that both parents are health tested, and that this breeding was well thought out and planned for.

    I put the whelping box in a back bedroom, where it is quiet, darkened, secure, and away from the other dogs. if the mom doesn't feel safe, she won't settle with her babies. I even put a sheet part way over the top box so it feels "den-like" for a few days after whelping. Does your whelping box have a bottom? Mine does not, so I have a remnant sheet of linoleum underneath it, then some old but clean comforters over that, a waterproof layer, then more comforters or blankets and towels on top of that so it is well padded. When babies start coming, I leave the waterproof layer down, but add towels and chux type disposable pads, (I found mine at K-mart in the incontinence aisle). Newspaper is also very absorbent. When is she due?

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Whelping Box Questions
    By Rosie's Mom in forum Introductions
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 10-23-2012, 04:06 PM
  2. Sophie's whelping!!!
    By Dani in forum Lab Chat
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: 01-16-2009, 09:06 PM
  3. Lab will be whelping today
    By labby in forum Lab Chat
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 01-01-2009, 12:38 PM
  4. ? for Laura re: whelping
    By einstein's legacy in forum Lab Chat
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-24-2006, 12:45 PM
  5. Miss Moo Getting Used to Her Whelping Box
    By izzy in forum Lab Chat
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08-06-2006, 06:53 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25