Finally the future mommy has started labor! She started by acting uncomfortable and began licking herself while panting heavily. I reminded her of the breathing classes but she didn’t think I was very funny. On the first contraction, her abdomen tightened and her tail lifted and by then I knew it was time to call my vet Dr. Fred Metzger to let him know that it’s finally game time!
I haven’t helped whelp puppies in almost 10 years but I remember the anxiety well! My old vet Dr. Straley always said it was harder on me than the dog.
Here’s my new whelping setup at the new Lion Country Kennel. The inside Kennel confines the dog for whelping and rearing with a door that slides to allow her outside kennel access. The chair is for me and the reproduction lady during the sometimes long wait between pups. The floor has heating pads under the whelping box and a heat lamp above to keep the pups warm. This is the most important part for the pups!! Stay tuned for updates after we have some pups!