Until your puppies develop their shiver reflex at about two and a half weeks, they cannot generate their own body heat.
To keep their bodies warm, newborn puppies rely on their moms. Puppies can chill and die if they are not cared for by their mothers. This is where an incubator care unit can help.
Incubators can be crucial because the temperature of puppies, at birth, is usually between 95 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit. They may succumb to life-threatening hypothermia if their temperature drops below 94°F.
Warmth is more important to newborn puppies than food. Puppies may survive without food for at least 24 hours, but they will die within an hour if they are not kept warm.
Incubators Save Lives
Puppies can only live without an external heat source if they can regulate their body temperature.
However, this will happen at about four weeks of age, when they will have a normal body temperature of 101.5°F, the same as an adult dog’s temperature.
Until then, it’s up to you to keep the puppies warm and provide the finest care possible.
A temperature-controlled incubator can assist frail newborn puppies in surviving and regaining strength.
Because the temperature inside an incubator is controlled, there is no need for constant monitoring, and you can rest assured that the puppies will be alive when you wake up in the morning.
If you’re a breeder, buying an incubator will ensure that your puppies survive the critical period.
This is especially important if the mother is unable to properly care for all of her puppies.
The most important thing is to consider the temperature inside puppy incubators. Keep your puppy incubator around 85-90 degrees Fahrenheit for the first week.
During the second week, the temperature should gradually drop to 80 degrees. Reduce the temperature gradually until the puppies are four to six weeks old, at which point it should be around 70 degrees.
The control panel that came with your puppy incubator can be used to regulate the temperature of your puppy incubator. A monitor or an inside thermometer is frequently used to display the inner temperature.
Caring For Your Newborn Puppies
If the mother is unable to care for her puppies, they are considered orphans. Caring for them to survive is important.
Feed them regularly, ideally every 2-4 hours. Puppies under the age of two weeks can take 4-5 meals throughout the day.
Small breed puppies should be fed no more than 10-15mL every meal during their first week of life to minimize diarrhea.
If diarrhea occurs, reduce the amount of formula. Underfeeding puppies is preferable to overfeeding them. Until the puppies are 3-4 weeks old, milk should be their exclusive source of nutrition.
Transition to solid food at 5-6 weeks of age by supplementing formula with small amounts of semi-solid or solid food.
Puppies also cannot urinate or defecate until they are roughly 3 weeks old. They rely on their mother to trigger their urination and defecation reflexes.
You can help by gently rubbing the area between the anus and vulva or penis with a warm, moistened cotton ball or soft cloth after feeding.
If you need help or additional information, consult your veterinarian.
Is Your Dog Ready to Give Birth?
If your dog is expecting puppies, make sure you’re ready and have everything you’ll need for both your dog and the puppies.
Make sure you have an incubator care unit for the puppies so they can stay warm for the first few weeks of their lives and grow up to be healthy and happy.
Visit MR Diagnostic Services for incubators and other essential supplies. It’s a one-stop-shop for all your breeding needs.