We are Kennel Club Assured Breeders and have 10+ years experience in whelping litters
Bookings to be made in advance, a rough delivery date needs to be provided ( you then call us when your dog starts in full labour for us to head over to your address ). We do try to accommodate emergencies at short notice where possible but advanced bookings always take priority.
8am - 8pm = £120 for the first 4hrs plus £20 per extra hour
8pm - 8am = £180 for the first 4hrs plus £20 per extra hour
Unexpected call outs (not booked in advance) £220 for the first 4hrs plus the above hourly rates
Fuel costs must be provided (Free within 10 miles) charged at £0.50 per mile after 10 miles (each way)
Some Helpful Information
Make sure that the whelping box is ready
Your whelping box is the place where the bitch will give birth, and will be your new puppies first home for the initial three weeks of their lives. The whelping box will need to be of a large enough size for your bitch to stretch out, turn around and generally be comfortable, as well as having room to accommodate the new puppies. It will need to have walls around the sides high enough to keep the puppies from crawling off while they are still little, but with access for the bitch to get in and out with ease. You will need to pad out the floor and sides of the box with plenty of comfortable bedding, and have enough spare bedding on hand to be able to change it regularly as needed. Keep newspaper and some old rags on hand to use for whelping itself, which understandably can get messy. You might also want to keep a couple of hot water bottles (securely wrapped to prevent burns) or some heat pads ready for the new puppies.
Equipment needed for the birth itself
If you know that it is likely that your dog will require a caesarean section, you will need to plan for this and make contact with your vet well in advance in order to ensure a smooth labour. If this is your first experience of birthing puppies or if you are at all unsure, it can be really helpful to have a experienced breeder on hand to help and advise in person. You will need-
Haemostatic clamps to crimp the umbilical cord if needed.
Clean scissors to cut the umbilical cord.
A suitable material to tie off the cord if needed.
Some warm towels to rub the new puppies down with.
An appropriate veterinary approved lubricant such as KY jelly.
A thermometer to monitor temperature, and a notepad and pen to note down your results.
Paper collars for each puppy to allow easy identification after the birth.
A weighing scale suitable to accurately record the birth weight of each puppy, such as a digital kitchen scale which covers a suitable range of weights.
A suitable milk substitute (you can usually order this from your vet) for the puppies if needed, and a bottle and teat of the right dimensions to administer this to the puppies.
Water and food for the dam.
The signs of dog labor
Know what to look for when the time is near. After the 64 (or so) days of gestation are up, start watching for some of the following signs in your dog:
She becomes restless.
She stops eating up to 24 hours before labor.
She may paw at her bedding, as if preparing a nest.
She starts licking her vulva.
She may vomit or discharge mucus.
Some see a drop in body temperature as a sign of impending labor. Body temperature see's a drop from a normal 38 to 39° down to 37° C or below as the indicator that birth will occur within 12 hours, the above signs should take precedence over body temperature.
Don't forget to take care of yourself!
As the impending birth draws nearer, you will probably need to monitor your bitch regularly day and night, including taking her temperature and checking for any signs of distress. Make sure you have a comfortable chair, sleeping bag and pillows or a bean bag at ground level ready for you to use to stay comfortable and close at hand and attend to your bitch's needs. Don't forget to keep yourself hydrated and eating regularly, particularly if your bitch's labour lasts for a protracted period of time. Remember, you won't be able to help your bitch or perform at your best if you're not in tip top condition yourself!
Make sure that your bitch's vet is aware of the impending birth, and that you have their phone number to hand (including a number for out of hours cover) and your pet's veterinary records available in case your regular vet is not available when you need them.