Heated Whelping Nest (25130-378)
I have one of these and I would't recommend it to anyone. The concept looks like it would really do the job. It does everything they say about it but the problem I had with it was if the puppy is behind the mother with it's back against the wall and the mother lays down and stretches out to let them nurse or just lays there the puppy can't escape and they get squashed. We raise 20+ litters a year and when we used this we lost more puppies than when using just a regular heating pad.
I have 2 of these and they are a wonderful product and I have used mine for several years. I raise Yorkies and this product has saved many puppies lives for me. It keeps the puppies at the correct temperature they should be at. My Mothers seem to really like it also. After whelping they stretch out on it and it seems to be very relaxing for them. I have not lost any puppies and would not be without this product. This is a 5 star product for me and I would not ever be without one!
Not for smaller breeds
Too large scale for newborn Shib-tzu's
Puppies fell into the middle and couldn't get to mom
I have been breeding for 20 years and it is my single most valuable piece of equipment. Mine is a toy breed and I can't imagine what the person did wrong who said her puppies fell through the middle. The middle of what? It is a "bowl" and there is no place to fall. I have never had a mother refuse to stay with her puppies and if one did get behind her it stayed there until she moved. If the nest is in the middle of the box (mine are slightly off to one side so there is room for the mother to lay down if she wants to get off the heat for a little while. I let mine stay on the nest until they get off on their own which i about 4 weeks but I "turn down" the heat around 10 days by wrapping a fuzzy fabric over the top and tucking it in around the sides which I have not nailed down but just placed in the cut out bottom. The heat is adjustable a bit but hard to do I leave it at the highest which is 95 degrees. No, I am not cooking the puppies since my own body temp is 98.6 so it is less than if on my lap. Invaluable !
I love mine and have never had a problem with the puppies being squished. I would and have recommended this nest to a lot of people that have purchased it also.
There are less expensive ones that have been known to overheat leaving 3 degree burns on the poor little things. This product is worth every penny..