A phone, and LOTS of coffee :)
Three sources of heat...
A room heater
A heat lamp
Pups are kept in bins when not with the dam. If you do not have a good dam that is 100% trustworthy with the pups, taking into consideration not only her temperament, but her size and the strain of delivery, then the pups should be kept safe and separate, and given to mom every couple hours under supervision. Pups cannot be left alone with some dams.
Two heating pads under the puppy bins, placed at one END of the bins, heating only.
The heating pads should only be around half of the bin, so the pups can move off the source of heat if they are too warm. You do not want it too warm, or you can constipate, dehydrate, or cook the puppies. The heating pad can NEVER EVER be INSIDE the bin.
One hundred percent supervision while the dam has the pups. Stay with them, sleep with them, etc.
Puppies must be weighed daily to mark their progress. For pups that all look basically the same, you must keep track of which is which by color-coding their collars. I can tell the difference in pups, but my helpers cannot, and HELP is vitally important.
Emily is a HUGE help, weighing them all for me and putting the slower gainers on first, then she logs the weight gain in her book, and subtracts the birth weight. This is an AWESOME educational activity for the kids, and gets them involved, PLUS exercises their minds on the math skills.
Emily logging the puppies’ weights; each puppy has its own page.
Kayden's job is to keep Sassy in treats and assist Emily. Sassy thinks Kayden's job is very important, more important than whatever Emily is doing (grin).
Kayden also provides Sassy with that all-important Love and Attention! YES! Sassy definitely loves Kayden’s job.
Oh no, I don't think Sassy the English Mastiff is lacking in the love department!
And when all is done, everyone kisses and hugs goodbye.
That took over an hour.... WE will be BACK to repeat very, very soon.
Courtesy of MistyTrails Mastiffs
Although this section is based on a whelping of an English Mastiff, it also contains good general whelping information on large-breed dogs. You can find more whelping information in the links above. The links below tell the story of Sassy, an English Mastiff. Sassy has a wonderful temperament. She loves humans and adores children. An all-around mild mannered, wonderful Mastiff, Sassy, however, is not the best mother toward her puppies. She is not rejecting them; she will nurse them when a human places them on her to feed, however she will not clean the pups or pay any attention to them. It is as if they are not her puppies. This litter is getting mom’s milk with major human interaction, manually giving each and every pup what they need. In return, the pups will be super socialized and will make remarkable pets, however the work involved is astounding. It takes one dedicated breeder to keep this situation healthy. Thankfully this litter has just that. Read the links below to get the full story. The pages within include a wealth of information that everyone can appreciate and benefit from.