Whelping tricks

Discussion in 'Beagle Health' started by woodleaf, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. woodleaf

    woodleaf Member

    Getting ready for a litter of pups. Just curious to see what everybody does, always looking for new tricks!
    What do you use for bedding?
    Do you use antibiotics?
    How do you keep them warm?

    Just thougt I would start a discussion. Thanks for the input!:razz:
     
  2. BRamsey

    BRamsey Moderator

    I put cedar bedding in my whelping box before my litter was born. After they were born the mother dug them out. I tried to put some back in but she just about ate me up. So I wouldn't suggest cedar. Also I didn't put anything around the bottom of the box. So I lost 2 pups from mother laying on and smothering them.
     

  3. Jeff Gammon

    Jeff Gammon Active Member

    For me it starts way before the mating ever takes place. Right bitch, right stud. Make sure she is in as good of health as possible, up to date on shots, been wormed. After the mating we give vitaimans to her along with her feed. Even feed her extra twoard the end. My wife takes care of all of the birthing. She always brings them in the garage. Cars out dogs in. She will stay with them till every pup is born. She dosen't put them on any type of beeding, just the bottom of the crate. If it is cold she will have a light on them after whelping. If it is to hot in the garage she makes me put a window air conditioner in to cool it down to at least the high 80's. She almost works me to death over a litter of pups.
     
  4. FB

    FB Administrator Staff Member

    I make sure the momma is current on her shots and wormings and is clean and free from fleas or ticks. I move her to an above ground kennel and start her on Puppy Chow during her last month.

    I like to put some newspaper or old towels down if I can catch her starting to have em. I dont know if you ever watched before but its a pretty messy process and its just less work on the momma if we can keep the towels or newspapers down at least for awhile.

    I also start mine on Amoxycillin about a week before theyre due to whelp and keep em on it till the pups are about a week old.

    When the pups are born we'll treat the umbilical cord with Neosporin or some other antibiotic every day till it dries up. The momma will lick it off but at least it kills whatever might be on there at the time.

    Usually on the second or third day Ill go to the vet and let him remove the dewclaws and check the momma out.

    At two weeks I worm the momma and the pups with Nemex and do it every two weeks till the pups are weaned, then at 6 weeks give em their first shot.

    Once they get their eyes open and start walking we'll give em a little puppy chow softened with warm water to help take a little pressure off the momma.

    Nothin' to it. :smack:
     
  5. Harp

    Harp Well-Known Member

    I start 10 days before due date and give baking soda 1tbl spoon to 1gal water....an old trick taught to me by James Brown...James had weir creek dogs....no milk problems ever since started using the baking soda
     
  6. we worm the female with nemex 2 weeks before her due date and then worm her and the pups every 2 weeks after she gives birth. my wife starts the mother on foalac milk replacer a couple weeks before shes is due we just sprinkle it on her feed it helps her milking when the pups get here.

    We also bring her in the garage about a week before the due date we use a couple sheets of plywood screwed together in a L shape and put it the corner to make a box then we put a kiddie swimming pool inside with some towels inside for her bed if its cold we put a heating pad in the pool with towels over it. The pool works well because the side are flexible and will give way if she lays against it which keps her from smashing the pups against the sides. Hope this helps and good luck with your new litter.
     
  7. rosco

    rosco New Member

    We do about the same with worming. 2 weeks before. My wife also stays with the mama while she gives birth. ( I don't know why )

    We had two litters around Christmas during the cold weeks.

    We put insulated dog house in a garden cart, filled the cart and house with hay,
    Placed a drop in the house and wrapped the house with a tarp.

    Being Christmas time it gave us some since of a manger. The pups and mom did real good. Stayed snug as a bug.

    Feed the mom extra and get her in tip top shape and she will handle the pups.

    When the pups started moving good 5 5 weeks we move pups and mom to an above ground kennel.
     
  8. beagleman01

    beagleman01 Active Member

    mine spend 1st week in the house then outside use old sheets changed daily washed in clorox bleach