Do you have puppies or kittens on the way? Learn what to expect and how to prepare your house!
Humans aren’t the only species that need to be prepared for when babies arrives. Other animals do, too! In particular, if you are welcoming kittens or puppies into your home, you need to know what to expect when it comes to the pet labor process.
First, make sure that your pet has a comfortable whelping area. A whelping area is the place where your animal will give birth. A comfortable crate or box cushioned with old towels or sheets are the best choices. To get mom-to-be comfortable in this new area, show your pet this spot a few weeks before the actual birth. So spend some time with your pet in this area, and reward it with treats.
As labor draws close, you may notice your animal start to get restless. Signs of restlessness typically include pacing and whining. This can last from six to twelve hours, or until your pet goes into labor. Once this happens, your animal will lie down and let nature take its course. You may notice a mucus discharge from the vagina (where the babies will be born from) that will become bloody. This marks the beginning of hard labor. It is very important to note: if your pet does not deliver a baby within one or two hours of a bloody discharge, you need to call your veterinarian or animal hospital for guidance. Once the first puppy or kitten is delivered, successive babies will be born about every hour.
You should also call your vet if your pet does not deliver a baby after hard straining for 60 minutes, or if more than three hours pass between delivering babies.
Stay tuned for another blog on how to take care of mommy and babies after birth!
Do you have any experience with pet birthing? Share your tips with us in the comment section!