Cardboard whelping box
Whelping boxes for dogs, sometimes referred to as nesting boxes, are specifically designed to provide a safe place for the birthing and containment of puppies - also known as whelps.
They can "loosely" be compared to dens that female dogs in the wild prepare when expecting a litter. While our "domesticated" pets might instinctively try to prepare a den in a bedroom closet, a whelping box placed in a quiet corner would be more ideal!
Notice if you remove the "w" from this word, you are left with "helping", which is what you will be doing if you obtain a nesting box for your pregnant dog. And what dog lover doesn't want to do all they can to help with this special event.
A handy way to separate puppies when box is being cleaned!
Whelping Box TipsAs soon as you know , start thinking about whelping boxes because you don't have a lot of time to prepare for the "birth" day.
The gestation period for dogs is approximately 63 days or less and you'll want to have your pet become familiar with the box and its location at least 2 weeks prior to the birth event.
A couple of other things to consider: If you decide to purchase a box, availability and delivery times can vary especially during the Fall when many of those "Christmas" puppies are born. On the other hand, if you decide to make a box, you will need to allow sufficient time to complete the project.
This article will provide you with information to help make your decision between buying or building a box.
First we will talk about purchased whelping boxes for dogs.
The main difference between various ready made boxes is the type of material used in construction, which is also reflected in the price.
Depending on your breeding plans, you may either want a box that will serve more than once, or one that is disposable and expected to be discarded after the whelping.
48" x 48" Heavy Duty Whelping Box
Safety Rails included
Doors and walls are covered with melamine and sealed
Box is of top quality construction and priced right
Suitable For Medium Sized Dogs
Disposable Whelping Box - Advantages
- Easy to assemble
- Double walled rigid cardboard
- Waterproof liner
- Good insulation for natural warmth
- Puppy protection rails included
- Available in all sizes
- No need for disinfecting
- Discard after use
If you want something more substantial, upgraded whelping boxes can be purchased that are made with corrugated plastic which can be used more than once and are also waterproof and easy to clean.
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Photo Jigsaw Puzzle of Golden Retriever DOG - whelping, showing puppy in amniotic /foetal sac
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