Celebrate the Whippet Breed

Assistance in Whelping from Whippet Breeders: Three articles


Suggestions by Maggie Wasso, Delphi Whippets

OK, we've done this before. Did I save it? Naturally I did not.
...Also signs of onset of labor, besides the temperature drop. Would like to hear experience from people with Whippets as to exactly how long most carried their pups....

Feeling pretty confident as to getting pups going, I'm a nurse and that part seems pretty clear to me. But just never attended a whelping.
Have towels, bulb syringe, dental floss, hemostats, scissors, disinfectant, gloves, lubricant.


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Suggestions by Jo Robertson, Merlanjo Whippets, South Africa

I have found that if you put your hand on her body and feel a very fine tremor running through her, then whelping is only hours away. Like about 3 to 4 hours. The tremor is very fine, barely perceptible, but it's there. First whelping is often 59 days. Generally 63 days though.

Adding to the list above from Maggie, the dental floss is particularly good for removing nail pieces from the teeth. Oh yes, a small box with towel lining for containing the pup(s) during the following deliveries. Keeps them away from her during the contractions and actual birth. It's such an exciting time, but so fraught until it's all over.

Jo Robertson
Merlanjo Whippets

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Suggestions by Annie Fitt, Whippet Owner

Something I hadn't used yet but heard about on another list and think is an excellent idea is a pack of human incontinence pads - the big ones. They soak up all the birthing fluids, are easy to change between each puppy, and when the whelping is done you just roll them up and toss them, leaving a nice clean whelping box for the new family.

I *have* since used the incontinence pads during a whelping. It was wonderful - one pad for each puppy! The box stayed clean and dry, the pads did their job, and when she was done having puppies there was no cleanup because it had been done all along. So, mother and babies could just relax and get on with life rather than having to be disturbed while I cleaned the box. I also ended up using the pads in a litterbox for the puppies later on. They were quite teeny (maybe 2-1/2 weeks?) when they would toddle over and use the litterbox instead of just going potty anywhere in the whelping box. I used the pads instead of the new "doglitter" because I was concerned they might chew or eat the pellets. They occasionally had shredding parties with the fresh pads but, hey! that was just getting them used to tearing up white rags early in their career . I have to say this was the *cleanest* litter! Very easy to housebreak, too.

Annie Fitt
& the Ragtag Horde