Preparing for Puppies: 3 Strategies to be Ready

Preparing for Puppies

3 Strategies to be Ready for Your Bundles of Joy

So your dog is having puppies. Congratulations! Whether this was planned or unplanned, it’s now up to you to see to the safety and well-being of both the mother and the puppies. In preparing for puppies, here are a few things you should most definitely start doing the moment you learn your dog is pregnant.

Preparing for Puppies: 3 Strategies to Get Ready for the Bundles of Joy
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1. Prepare

If your dog is having puppies, it’s a fairly safe bet that you plan to sell them. It’s important to think ahead and plan exactly how you’re going to do that. Where are you going to post advertisements? Are the pups pure bred and will they need papers proving their lineage? Do you have space, time and resources to devote to helping your dog raise a litter of puppies? Because very young puppies will not be trainable and will wander wherever they want, can you come up with an indoor space you can enclose them in? Are you going to be able to keep at least one of the puppies if you or your children fall in love with it? Make all necessary preparations in advance for a smoother experience.

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2. Make Sure the Parents are Healthy

When your dog is pregnant, make sure she gets the prenatal care she needs. Most of the same care afforded to expecting human mothers can be obtained for your dog. It’s a good idea to go to your vet to get an ultrasound, using technology like the products found at Keebovet, to check on the health of the mother and the health of the puppies. Do either of the parents or their parents have any health issues that you know of? That knowledge could impact your decisions. Make sure that the mom has a warm, comfortable place to have her puppies, and when the time comes, the best thing you can do is leave her alone. It is generally not necessary for you or a veterinarian to help out during the delivery unless there is an emergency. Some breeds do require assistance during birthing, so ask your veterinarian if there is anything special you should be doing or taking into account.

Related: How to Tell if Your Dog is Pregnant: Signs and Symptoms of Canine Pregnancy

Preparing for Puppies: 3 Strategies to be Ready

3. Puppy-Proof Your Home

Either a little before or a little after the puppies arrive, make sure the area they will be in, up to and including your entire home, is safe for them. For example, can they get to any stairs they might fall down when they begin to walk? Are any of your houseplants toxic to dogs? Could they get into any antifreeze (it tastes sweet to them but is very toxic)? Make sure there is nothing left lying around on the floor that the puppies could swallow and that all fireplaces are not lit or properly cordoned off. These are just a few of the many things you should keep an eye out for when having not just one, but several puppies, running around your home.

With a little bit of research and attention to detail, you should be able to help bring a new litter of puppies into the world without any problems. Enjoy your little bundles of joy.

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