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Old 08-07-2012, 10:32 AM
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Question What's on the bottom of your whelping box? HipDys Vs sanitation

Posted this on another forum, but this one is more active so thought I'd ask here too. This is in regards to the "Corgi cam" which has it's own thread else where if you want to watch it yourself.

So, this discussion came up on The Daily Corgi facebook page, it was in regards to a new "puppy cam" on YouTube where Pem puppies are being highlighted, and the author mentioned how they didn't like the lack of a blanket in the bottom of the area. This is something that I was quite upset with to, you can see the pups strain now at around 3 weeks as they try to walk but can't and just end up sliding, it looks awful. Anyway, after reading this article and from what I've heard from other breeders/owners/vets over the years about how slick floors can worsen hip dysplasia, I see this as a bad situation for the puppies. So, the owner of these dogs reason for not allowing the pups a secure surface to toddle on?
Q: Why don't the puppies have soft blankets to lie down on?
A: Cloth can hold harmful bacteria. At this early stage, the puppies' immune systems aren't fully developed, so a hard clean surface is safe.
So, breeders, puppy raiser, what's on the bottom of you whelping boxes? Why? What are your thoughts on this subject?
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