Introduction: Preparing for the Arrival of Puppies
Before your dog gives birth, it’s important to prepare for the arrival of her puppies. This includes setting up a safe and comfortable space for them, obtaining necessary supplies such as blankets and a whelping box, and having a plan in place for their care. You should also have a veterinarian on standby in case of any complications during the birthing process.
Assessing the Health of the Mother and Puppies
After the puppies are born, it’s essential to assess the health of the mother and her litter. The mother should be checked for any signs of infection or postpartum complications, such as fever, lethargy, or discharge. The puppies should be examined for signs of good health, including suckling and gaining weight. Any concerns should be addressed promptly by a veterinarian.
Providing a Comfortable Environment for the Family
The mother and her puppies should be kept in a warm, quiet, and comfortable space. A whelping box with soft, clean bedding can provide a safe and secure area for the puppies to sleep and play. The space should also be well-ventilated and free from drafts. As the puppies grow, they will need more space to explore and interact with their environment, so be sure to provide ample room for them to move around. Additionally, make sure the area is safe from hazards such as cords, sharp objects, and toxic substances.