|Our Pug Whelping List
By Sandra Morgan
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I store everything I use for whelping and raising puppies in sealed plastic storage
containers between litters, and have extras supplies I can loan to my friends.
This list is quite extensive and you may not need to use every item on it. I've tried to give
a brief explanation for how I use everything. I hope you find it helpful. Be sure to email
me if you want more details for how I use any of the listed items.
I place all these supplies in trays and in drawers of the puppy care desk and a rolling four
drawer whelping supply cart.
Ear Thermometer Covers: Plastic covers to protect the ear thermometer from being
Alcohol Wipes: To clean thermometer or other supplies.
Petroleum Jelly (Vasoline): For lubricating the digital thermometer.
Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol: I use to soak hemostats and scissors between whelps.
Coffee Mug: Pour alcohol in and add hemostats and scissors between whelps.
CalSorb: Calcium in gel form. Put into the girl's mouth Used to strengthen contractions.
NutriCal: Give some to bitch during labor to keep up her blood sugar level. Also use to mix
Can Of Evaporated Milk: Give cold to bitch during labor to keep up her blood sugar level
(Protein & Calcium)
Vanilla Ice Cream: Give to bitch, or eat it yourself.
Tapioca Pudding: Ditto!
Smallest Plastic Containers: For mixing CalSorb and NutriCal
6cc Syringe: For giving CalSorb & NutriCal mixture to mom.
Oxytocin: Give per vet’s instructions ONLY to help time contractions and/or as a clean
out shot. Helps bring in mother’s milk. Use micro doses (i.e. Pugs 0.2 ml/cc) only!!!
Full Oxygen Tanks: Large one for puppy room, small one for the car
Tank Regulator: To regulate and deliver oxygen
Oxygen Tubing: To transfer oxygen from regulator to puppy or mother
Pipe Wrench: To attach regulator to tank
Mucus Traps: This gets the mucus out of a puppy with clogged airways quickly and
Dopram: Give per vet’s instructions to hard to start pups. (i.e. one drop under the tongue)
5 ½” & 6 ½” Straight Locking Hemostats: For clamping umbilical cords before cutting.
Leave forceps on for few minutes to minimize bleeding from stump. I use the 6” size to
clamp on the cords below the vulva, when the placenta is not delivered with the pup. The 5
½” size to clamp close to the pup. I will cut the cord and leave the small clamp on the pup
until I have the puppy going and nice a pink a squealing.
Children's Safety Scissors: To cut and trim umbilical cords.
Dental Floss: I use the unwaxed kind. I tie lengths of floss in loops and place in a zip lock
bag. The loops are doubled over and tied as close to the puppy's body as possible.
Bulb Syringes: For removing amniotic fluid from the puppy's nose and throat. I use the
small ones for whelping but get several and the larger size for older pups that choke on
their milk. I keep one close at hand whenever pups are nursing.
Tincture of Iodine: Helps in drying out umbilical cords. Use twice daily on cords until
they fall off. Continue to use on umbilical site for one more day. You can get the de-
colorized kind so it doesn't stain fabrics.
Latex Gloves: Apply gloves before reaching in to pull out stuck puppies.
K-Y Jelly: For general lubrication (gloves) or apply around stuck puppy if birth canal is
35cc Syringe With Size 8 Feeding Tube: Fill with KY and attach feeding tube for using
to get a stuck pup out. (insert past pup if possible)
Hand Towels, or Surgical Towels: For reviving (rubbing) and drying off newborns.
Large Incontinence Pads: I use these pads to whelp on.
Cotton Balls/Cosmetic pads: For cleaning puppy bottoms if mom won’t.
Baby Oil: For soaking cotton balls and/or cosmetic pads to reduce chaffing on bottoms.
Emergency Whelping Kit***: For emergency whelping on the way to the vet clinic. (See
Content List below.)
Digital Kitchen Scales: To weigh newborns.
Nail Polish In Six Unique Colors: To uniquely identify pups for weight monitoring.
Zip Lock Bags - Small and Large: For storing small things.
Water Cup/Dish: For momma.
Snuggle Safes & Thermal Bag: Can be heated & used if impending power outage for heat.
Misc. Fasteners: I keep a bag of snaps, hand clamps (all sizes) & blanket pins (diaper
pins) on hand. I use them to fasten everything from blankets, to paperwork and personal
reminders. Start collecting them now --they come in handy.
Two Puppy Warming Boxes: This is the box you use to place newborns in. I use an under
bed size storage box with a clear lid. Drill holes in the lid, and get the type that has a top
that latches on for the most security. Put one box in the car along with an Emergency
Large Heating Pad: Place in between whelping towels to keep them warm.
Two Small Heating Pads: Place on top of a towel in the Puppy Warming Box at one end.
Old Bath Towels: Placed on the side of the desk where I put the warming box.
Size 400 Crate Pads: I put one in the Perla Bed and drape with a washable large
Pillow cases: I use these to cover a crate pad that I put on the small desk I use to care
for the newborns.
Small fleece bumper type crate pads: I use these inside the puppy warming box, on top
of the heating pad.
Dish towels: I use these to cover the top of the crate pad, to wisk away the urine and help
keep the pups dry.
Hand towels: I use these for all sorts of things after the whelping.
Old bag of Lactated Ringers: I wrap in a hand towel after warming in the microwave to
act as a heat source for the newborns to snuggle up to whenever mom isn't with them. They
like to lay on it the first few days. (A water bed of sorts.) I also use it to tuck a syringe
of formula in a zip lock (Tube attached), to warm the formula for a pup that is being tube
fed or supplemented. I already know how warm it is under there, since I keep a digital
thermometer with it, so I know it’s heated to the right temp. I can do this ahead of time,
and if I don’t have time, I use a glass of hot water with a meat thermometer in it. But, the
covered warm lactated ringers bag is great for preemies, wet newborns, and singletons!
Whelping Box: I use a medium size Perla Bed in a 3'X 3' puppy pen, with the floor raised,
thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant and hot water.
3’ x 3’ Puppy Pen: I put the pans in top of the wires, add some pieces of 2” x 4” wood, a
piece of siding my hubby cut a hole in for the Scott’s whelping Nest.
Scott’s Whelping Nest: I put the Whelping Nest in the puppy pen, and run the cord. Set
the thermostat and leave it turned off. (NOTE: If you unplug them you need to recalibrate
the temperature when you plug it back in.)
Baby Crib Bumper Pad: I then use a baby crib bumper pad around the inside walls.
Flannel Sheet: I drape the whole thing with a flannel sheet.
Diaper Pins: I use baby diaper pins to keep the sheet in place, pinning it to the outside.
Washable Under/Piddle Pad: I lay a large 3’ x 3’ washable unde/piddle pad in there.
Perla Bed: I add a Perla Bed (medium for a Pug).
Crate Pad with pillow case: Put a big comfy crate pad inside a pillow case, inside the
Perla bed, inside 3 x 3.
Washable Piddle Pad: I cover the Perla Bed and crate pad with another washable piddle
Disposable Under/Puppy Pads: Keep a supply to slip under the bitch as her time nears
and between pups.
Digital meat thermometer or reptile thermometer: I use the digital reptile one monitor
the temp in the warming box, and when needed. The meat one is great for checking the temp
of the warm water for making sure temp of formula or mother's milk for tube feeding.
Chair: I keep a chair between the puppy pen/whelping box & the desk where I work on the
Grooming Apron or Scrubs Smock: I have a nice cotton one that has pockets for bulb
syringe, hemostats, baby scissors, NutriCal, etc..
Misc. Fleece, Wash Cloths & Receiving Blankets: I keep and use misc. pieces on hand
for various uses.
***Emergency Whelping Kit (I keep ready in 2nd whelping box) List:
(see instructions for these items above)
1) DC/AC Converter to plug into car's Power Outlet or Cigarette Lighter socket.
2) Puppy Warming Box with Small Heating Pad
3) Pad or fleece for warming box to put on top of the heating pad for puppies to lay on
4) Extra clean fleece, several hand towels, wash cloths, two large bath towels.
6) Coffee Mug
7) Rubbing Alcohol
9) Trash Bags, Paper Towels, and Disposable Pads
10) Pieces of Dental Floss
11) Latex Glove
12) K-Y Jelly
13) 35cc Syringe With Size 8 Feeding Tube
14) Dopram with syringe & needle
15) Baby Wipes & small plastic bag for trash
Lactating Bitch Care Supplies
1) Fernigreek Seed Extract: Liquid Botanical use to bring milk in, or strength milk
supply, immediate results.
2) Frozen Fresh Liver: Broth from boiled liver is a must for a fading Pup. Also good for
mom in small amounts. (Can cause loose stools.)
3) Cottage Cheese: Add to mom’s food for extra calcium & to help loose stools.
4) Tapioca Pudding: Give to mom for extra calcium.
5) Vanilla Ice Cream: Give to mom for extra calcium.
6) PetCal or TUMS Tablets: Give to mom for extra calcium.
1) Fresh Frozen Canine Plasma: For antibodies when pups cannot get colostrum during 12
hours after birth.
2) Infant Colace gel caps, lactated Ringers, Size 5 feeding tube, 6cc syringe,
and smallest Rubbermaid container: For making and applying a puppy enema.
3) Baby suppositories: For constipated older pup.
4) Albon 5% Solution: Per vet’s instructions.
5) Amoxi/Chephi drops: Per vet's instructions.
6) Desitin Diaper Rash Ointment: For sore puppy bottoms.
Misc. Medical Supplies
1) Neosporin: Medical use, as needed.
2) Sizes 1cc, 3cc, 6cc, 12cc, 20cc, and 35cc syringes: Locking for use with needles
& slip tip for other applications.
3) Size 23 x 3/4" needles: For mom medications.
4) Size 25 x 1/2" needles: For puppy medications.
5) Amoxi/Cephalexin capsules: For use per vet’s instructions (If giving an antibiotic to
either mom, or puppies, or both, all should also receive canine flora.)
6) Artificial tears: Medical use, as needed.
7) Terrimyacin: Medical use, as needed.
Puppy Feeding Supplies
I prefer to use mother’s milk if possible. If not, I use Espilac Goat's Milk Puppy Formula.
In any case, have some formula, on hand BEFORE the whelping.
1) Whole Fat Plain, or Vanilla, Live Cultured Yogurt: I use plain Greek yogart.
2) Pedialyte (PLAIN): As directed.
3) French Feeding Tubes (3’s, 5’s & 8’s): For tube feeding. I prefer the clear ones
with the blue measurement markings.
4) 3cc, 6cc, 12cc & 20 cc Syringes (Slip Tip): For tube feeding.
5) Small Plastic Food Containers: For storing and freezing formula or breast milk
1) Baby Wipes: Cleaning.
2) Paper Towel: Cleaning.
3) Small Trash Bags/Large Trash Bags: Small trash bags for heavily soiled disposals.
Large trash bags for everything else.
4) Handi-Wipes: For small clean-ups or use on hands.
5) Floor Cleaner: (see Links page for my Life's Abundance natural cleaning &
disinfecting product.) For cleaning floor of whelping area and whelping box.
6) Laundry Hamper Lined With A Trash Bag: For soiled linen.
7) Trash Can: For trash disposal
8) Needle container (for disposal): For needle disposal
Additional Supplies (Misc. Stuff)
1) Cordless/Cell Phone: Preprogrammed with Vet’s number, Emergency Vet hospital,
Whelping buddies, and dog sitter’s numbers.
2) Alarm Clock: For timing contractions, time spent nursing, and to set for next feeding,
which I must supervise.
3) Whelping Forms/Notebook & Pen: Place these in a small binder or on a clipboard.
4) For the Humans: Video tapes, books, food/snacks, coffee.
5) Whelping Information: Your favorite books should be close at hand. Hopefully you
won't need them, but having them there is always a comfort.
My Favorite Sources for Whelping and Puppy Care Include:
(These are links to books, articles and information I have used successfully.)
1) Newborn Puppy Intensive Care by Myra Savant Harris, R.N.
2) Saving Stuck Pups Using The Woods Maneuver
3) Resuscitating the Newborn Puppy By JoAnne S. O’Brien, D.V.M.
4) Saving A Fading Puppy By Myra Savant Harris
5) Maternal Antibodies & Vaccinations By Jean Dodds, D.V.M.
6) Weaning Puppies by Sandra Morgan
7) Puppy Data Sheet form
Here is the heart of our nursery. I sit in this chair to whelp and use the desk
to clean up the pups. All my medical and linen supplies are within reach.
This is the core of the whelping area. It is a portable size baby crib which folds
flat between uses. The wooden box with the whelping nest sits inside, and the sides
are padded to act as "pig rails" for the little pups. One end is not heated, and the
moms usually lay there to feed the pups. You can see the space that is heated
under the toy Pug puppy. The washable underpads help keep the floor clean.
Here is a similar set up in the 3' x 3'
puppy pen with the whelping nest in
the center. My moms have no problem
finding a spot on the sides.
Storage above the desk and other shelves store the supplies used for
whelping and puppy rearing. Lots of linen and that means lots of laundry!
WindWalker Pugs is an AKC Registered Kennel Name.