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



As soon as they are able to eat it is worthwhile weaning them on to one of the complete foods of which there are many to choose from, but do make an appointment with us and we can advise you

For more information please see Weaning