For the first week new born pups cannot control their body temperature
The body of a puppy contains enough fat to ward of the cold for a few days.
But the strain on your pets body is immense and can lead to their sickness and failure.
Hypothermia may result from a new born pup not being kept warm during this period.
Good temperature control is essential for young pets in all weather.
A whelping box is required to provide a safe area for your pet when giving birth.
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 been
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 skills.
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.
They provide an escape barrier that can save pups from beingsmothered.
Heating small safety rails creates a snug area.
The heated safety rails are controlled automatically providing the same level of warmth as when your pet is snuggling.
Pups will not be hurt if they rest against the rails.
Safety controls have been built into the rails to prevent injury to your pet
The outer shell of the heated rails are non toxic panels that protect young teeth.
Beneath the protective barrier is a metal shield that prevents pets from reaching electrical s.
A sturdy spring mounted on the base "flexes"
The spring prevents injury when your pet accidentally collides
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 available.just $19.95
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 the elements.
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 and damp.
Rodent control will also be difficult.
Face the opening away from any prevailing winds.
using any tools be sure that the proper safety equipment and safety procedures are used at all
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.