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Heat Lamp vs. Heat Pad

Postby M1Tanker » Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:52 pm

I have constructed a LCS whelping box for an upcoming litter and was wondering what you prefer, a heat lamp or heat pad?

I would think that a pad would be better for the pups, but I would be concerned that the bitch would chew up the heat pad...any thoughts.
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Re: Heat Lamp vs. Heat Pad

Postby ezzy333 » Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:56 pm

I have never used either. Give them some bedding and Mom will supply the heat.

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Re: Heat Lamp vs. Heat Pad

Postby Brittguy » Sun Apr 05, 2009 7:07 pm

I have never used either ,but I have read that pads are preferable to having heat come from above such as a light. I have a friend that has now raised a couple of litters using a heavy rubber pad such as used for pig whelping. He feels they are a good feature to have.
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Re: Heat Lamp vs. Heat Pad

Postby windswept » Sun Apr 05, 2009 7:54 pm

Ditto on the pig mat. I use a Stanfield with the Stanfield reostatic power controller. That way you can adjust the temperature. Just make sure you use a towel over the mat so the pups have something to get some traction on as the heat mat has a pretty smooth surface.
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Re: Heat Lamp vs. Heat Pad

Postby prairiefirepointers » Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:09 pm

I use both. I also have a digital thermomater inside the box to always know the exact temperature inside. I look at it this way, Its a worthy investment to have a heated pad (a good one) If It keeps me from loosing one pup, it pays for itself several times over. Remember, Puppies cannot regulate their own body heat for the first two weeks of their life. Once a pup gets chilled.. They're usually done for.

However, You can also get them to warm. Make sure you are heating the box, but not too much. I suggest you keep your box at 85-90 Degrees the first week, 80 the 2nd, 75 the 3rd, and 70 the 4th & 5th Weeks and no less than 55-60 thereafter.

We use a fully insulated enclosed "whelping Den" so, I have never used a whelping box per say. I will warn you to keep the floor of the box insulated against the cold. The #1 reason for puppies dieing in the first 2 weeks of life is cold.

These are just my suggestions.
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Re: Heat Lamp vs. Heat Pad

Postby kninebirddog » Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:24 pm

I use a heating pad

the pups can crawl off and on as needed... I have found the lights to causes some deyhration as it dries the air causing the mom to drink more and can interfere some with milk production...

the other thing Pups that can maintain over all heat will grow better as they use the energy growing and a pup under about the 2 week age do not maintain their own body heat ...

I like when my vet compliments on how nice and healthy my pups are plenty of moisture level in them and great growth in them not stressed.

if it is warm out just watch the pups if they huddle on it they need it is they are warm enough they will crawl off.
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