The first piece of equipment needed is a whelping box. I bought one on ebay and it was made to my size requirements for my breed which is Yorkshire Terriers.
Vet Bedding is ideal for putting in the whelping box. When the puppies pass urine it goes straight through the vet bed leaving the bedding almost dry. Put newspaper underneath the vet bed to soak up the urine.
New born puppies need extra heat, especially in the winter. They come in different sizes and some have covers and extra ones can be purchased.
I put my whelping box inside a playpen specially made for dogs. This is needed if there are other dogs in the household or children, so that the mother dog has peace and quite for the first few weeks. The play pen will be needed when the puppies start to move around (unless you have a whole room devoted just to the puppies and mother dog if you have a larger breed).
I weigh my puppies each day from birth and keep a record so that I know they are putting on weigh and thriving.
Different coloured velcro collars are available in sets of six, which is handy if the puppies all look alike.
PUPPY REPLACEMENT MILK, FEEDING BOTTLES
I always keep in Lactol Puppy Milk, just in case the mother has not enough milk to feed the puppies.
REFERENCE BOOKS ON BREEDING
When whelping I always get out my books for reassurance to make sure the birth is progressing well.
Towels are needed for drying the new born puppies.
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