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Build a heated
whelping box plan
keeping puppies warm
For the first week new born pups cannot control their body
The body of a puppy contains enough fat to ward of the cold for a few
But the strain on your pets body is immense and can lead to their sickness and
Hypothermia may result from a new born pup not being kept warm during this
Good temperature control is essential for young pets and small animals.
A whelping box is required to provide a safe area for your pet when giving
The puppies should be contained in an area that has climate control and
provides a level of safety for their early days.
Building a pets nesting box
Second hand materials may be used for the
construction of your pets nesting box.
Check that the used building material is free from sharp obstacles and has not
coated with a covering that may be toxic for young pets.
The essential parts of the plan for the whelping box are:
.... The correct size to suit your
pet when she is laying down
.... A warm and weather proof
temporary home for your pet
.... Keeping the weight of the box
low so relocation is simple
.... Protective rails that can
provide an escape for the puppies
To build a nesting box using the free plan only requires simple tools and basic
The overall appearance of the box is not important. Whelping boxes are
generally used for a limited amount of time to house pups. Converting an
existing box that has been used for another purpose into a whelping pen is also
an option. The main consideration would be to remove all sharp edges and
objects from the used box. A second hand box that has been used to store ANY
chemicals should not be converted into a whelping box.
Heated protection rails are
an essential item of the whelping box plan
The rails provide a large space that allows a new born pet
sufficient room to roll under when the mother is restless.
A sturdy spring mounted on the base "flexes" The spring prevents injury when your pet accidentally
into the rail & automatically resets rail heaters
Heated safety rails are weather proof
to provide the maximum protection for untrained pets.
Heated safety rails are supplied with mount brackets,
fittings & easy instructions. only $39.82
Safety rails without heating are also
heated safety rail
Keeping your puppy warm with a small heater suited
for whelping box plans
The plan for a pups enclosure can be
fitted with a pup warmer or any other small heater for pups
that are displayed to provide "a pet friendly
environment" for your pup.
Heating for puppies is safe and inexpensive with the small pup heater.
Keeping your pet warm
is so easy with a nesting box fitted with a touch safe heater.
The heater for pups is weather proof and will operate safely exposed to
Building a heated pup nesting box and fitting a heater into the puppy box
will ensure your small
pets are warm and comfortable.
To build and heat a pets nesting box the materials you use will be the
deciding factor on the
useful life of the whelping box. The use of any material coated or treated
with chemicals that
may be toxic to your pet should be avoided. Pets cannot be constantly
supervised and it is not
unusual for them to chew on their enclosures and resting areas. The heated
pet nesting pen
you build should not have the enclosures floor resting on the ground.
Resting the box in direct
contact with the ground can create mildew and make the whelping box cold
Rodent control will also be difficult. Face the opening away from any
prevailing winds. When
using any tools be sure that the proper safety equipment and safety
procedures are used at all
times. Read and understand all instruction books supplied with any tools
and always maintain a
clean / safe working area. Never work around children or pets or let them
in the work area unsupervised. The free plans are for personal use only and
have all been built and tested for strength and operation and to my
knowledge they are correct and accurate. The plans are supplied without
warranties and guarantee and you acknowledge that you use them and operate
all tools and equipment at your sole risk. The choice of any building plans
for small pets found on this web site and the suitability for the chosen
project is entirely your responsibility. You agree to indemnify petheaters
from any claims, damages, personal injuries and expenses in regards to any
building projects and plans found on this web site. All the free building
plans are for personal use only.