Whelping, Neonate Care & Weaning
Parturition (or whelping) is the act of giving birth. The gestation period (pregnancy) in the bitch lasts between 63 and 65 days. As an owner, you need to be aware of all the different stages of parturition and understand signs of difficulty or normality to guide you and your bitch through the process.
See Parturition or Whelping in Bitches for more information
Care of the Neonate
The initial steps after parturition (birth) are to initially provide a warm environment and ensure that the puppies or kittens are able to suckle from their mother.
For more information: Care of the Neonate
For more information please see Weaning