Bowl-shaped heating pad simulates a natural nest and reduces mortality in newborn puppies. Also helps produce healthier, more vigorous pups. For the first week to 10 days of their lives, puppies cannot retain their own body temperature. Since their ideal body temperature should be 96°-100°F, providing supplemental heat with the Heated Whelping Nest is crucial to keeping pups warm and helping increase their rate of weight gain during those critical first days. The Heated Whelping Nest also keeps puppies together in one area, making the mother's job much less stressful.
The Heated Whelping Nest maintains a constant, even temperature regardless of the ambient/environmental temperature. Simply set your preferred temperature (from 90°-100°F). The nest's electronic heat sensor then constantly gauges the temperature and adjusts it accordingly. No need to use newspapers or blankets. Plus, the Heated Whelping Nest is easy for the mother to keep clean.
The Heated Whelping Nest features two sturdy cords - a 6-ft power cord that runs to the electrical outlet, and a 5-1/2-ft cord ending in a small (2-1/4" x 1-1/4" x 3/4") box with a red LED light, which confirms that the unit is functioning properly. You can hang or place this indicator box anywhere outside of the whelping box/area.
The USA-made Heated Whelping Nest measures 23" dia overall and features an 18" dia heater. Use the Heated Whelping Nest with a 120V A/C grounded plug only.
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Be sure the whelping floor is large enough for the mother dog to lay stretched out without interfering with the nest. If possible, the female should have room to circle the nest before lying down.
Determine the center of the nest on whelping floor and mark a minimum of 13.5" from both sides of box. Cut off floor marker strip found at the bottom of inside pages of instructions. Nail floor marker to the center of the floor at point A. Insert pencil through floor marker at point B. Mark your circle and cut out.
If whelping box sets on floor, use a 2" x 4" board on edge to raise the box above the floor. This will provide proper clearance for the nest. Determine where the cord will come out of box and cut a ¾" notch or drill at 1.25" hole. Attach nest to floor with ¾" stainless steel screws (enclosed) locating cord to the proper side.
Important: No portion of the electrical cord should be exposed to the dog.
After cutting hole in the floor, make a wooden frame with 2" x 4" boards for added strength (this also prevents the top ring of the nest from breaking off). Cut two 20" long boards and two 23" long boards. Nail or screw together as shown in the instructions. After nailing or screwing the boards together, place them as a frame around the hole underneath the whelping nest floor. Then screw the frame to the floor.
Step Five - Insulating your whelping nest
If the nest is exposed to the outdoor cold air, we recommend insulating the entire floor of the whelping area. This method will be more comfortable for the mother and the pups. However, if you choose not to use this method, the nest alone should be insulated.
Step Six - Temperature Setting
Whelping nest comes preset at 95°F. Temperature adjustment control is located behind the plastic, screw-in plug on the side of the nest near the cord connections. The whelping nest has a setting range of approximately 90°-100°F. Turn the temperature control counterclockwise to lower the temperature, clockwise to raise the temperature. The temperature changes about 2°F per click.
- 90°F for heating pad
- 95°F for whelping and pups
- 100°F for stress pad
Note: if the air temperature is 80°-85°F or higher, the whelping nest can be turned off.
The temperature control is purposely located in a hard-to-reach location. Once set, the temperature does not need to be constantly adjusted. The whelping nest, unlike most heating pads, will constantly adjust itself to the set temperature.
To determine if the temperature you've selected is ideal for the situation, observe the puppies' habits. If the temperature is ideal, you will find the pups nestled together. If too warm, the puppies will leave the nest. We recommend setting the whelping nest on 95°F. The whelping nest should be used for at least 3 weeks after the puppies are born.
The LED light will come on and stay on once the nest rises to the set temperature. If the light should go out, check to see if the plug is secure. If the LED stays out, then the unit is below setting and not working correctly. To secure the LED to the wall, use a nail or screw to hang.
Help animals suffering from hypothermia or trauma to recover more quickly by using the whelping nest as a stress pad set at 100°F.
Your heated whelping nest includes a temperature strip to periodically check the temperature of the unit. To properly check the temperature of your unit:
The proper reading is as follows:
- Lay the temperature strip flat in the whelping nest.
- Cover the temperature strip with a folded dry towel.
- Let the unit run for 15 minutes, then check the temperature strip reading.
- exact temperature
- deduct 1°F
- add 1°F
Important note: Do not remove the white backing from the temperature strip. The white backing allows you to reuse the strip.
Supplemental heat - the whelping nest can also be used as supplemental heat for adult dogs in winter time. We recommend setting the temperature selector at 90°F.