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Whelping and Raising Puppies: Heat Pad Caution

Heat pads are a whelping must but caution must be taken

Puppy with heatpad burns

I wanted to share my story of a heat pad gone wrong so this does not happen to anyone else. I think I had the pad set too high and my little one week old Maltipoo (Maltese / Poodle hybrid) puppy made its way onto it.

The dam kept burying her puppies and one of the pups made its way under the blankets and directly on top of the pad. The puppy's skin was burned.

Close Up - Scab of the Heatpad Burn

There was infection under the scab.

Close Up - Scab that is going to be opened up

The scab had to be opened up and the wound allowed to drain. The pup was put on antibiotics.

Pus coming out of the scab

It is important to set up the heat pad correctly to make sure the puppies do not end up directly on top of it. For example: place the heat pad down and put a couple of blankets on top of it, then place the whelping box on top of the blankets to weigh it down, so there is no chance of the pad getting directly next to the pups skin. Puppies should always be monitored to make sure they do not get themselves into trouble.

The Scab five days after treatment

Pictured is the wound after five days of treatment.

The puppy must be kept hydrated and be given extra calories to help in the healing process. I am bottle feeding it two times a day along with his normal feedings. If the pup does not suck I am syringing it a drop at a time of a high calorie supplement

The wound a week after treatment

Pictured is the wound a week after treatment. The scab had been loosened so it could continue to drain and the da chewed and licked it all the way off. The puppy is still on antibiotics orally and topically. The wound appears to be healing nicely and the puppy should be ok.

The wound two weeks after treatment

This is the puppy two weeks after it was burned. The wound is healing up nicely.

The wound three weeks after treatment

This is the puppy three weeks after it was burned.

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