Providing the only in-home whelping service since 1997.  A specialty company developed and run by breeders for breeders.

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Veterinary Perinatal Specialty Inc.

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Whelping Supply List

Having the necessary tools to whelp a litter can make the difference between success and failure. This is a list of essential whelping supplies we've compiled to ensure you have everything you need:

  • Hemostats - 2 (One Curved, One Straight): 3.5" for puppies that weigh 4 to 8 oz. at birth, 5.5" for puppies that weigh 8 to 14 oz. at birth, and 6" for puppies that weigh more than 16 oz. at birth.
  • *Bulb Syringe: Used to suck mucus out of the puppy's mouth/upper respiratory tract.
  • *Sterile Gloves: For vaginal exams on the bitch.
  • *Nutri-Drops: Energy boost for both the bitch and puppies. Immediately absorbable.
  • *WhelpWise Service: Don't forget to sign up early!
  • *DeeLee Mucus Trap: A mucus aspirator that can be used for deeper suctioning.
  • *Iodine Pads or sticks/Liquid Betadine: Used to disinfect the umbilical cord stump.
  • K-Y or Water-Based Lubricant: Used for vaginal exams. Never use Vaseline or mineral oil.
  • Feeding Tube: 6fr for puppies under 8 oz. and 8fr for larger puppies.
  • Preemie Nipple and Preemie Bottle
  • 10cc Syringes for Feeding Tube
  • Feeding Syringe
  • Scale
  • ID Bands for the Puppies.  Try our Unique puppy collars available on the Shop Now page.
  • Snuggle Safe
  • Flashlight and Leash: For those middle-of-the-night potty trips.
  • Lots of Towels: Both hand and bath size.
  • Two Heating Pads: One in the holding box and one to heat the towels.
  • Blow Dryer: To circulate warm air in the holding box and help dry off puppies.
  • Coffee
  • Ice Cream (Vanilla for Mom, Chocolate for You): Great energy boost for the whelping.
  • *Friends to help with a great sense of humor, great snacks, and great movies.
* = Items we consider an absolute must.