Siberian husky whelping comes at the end of the gestation period. It is when the dog gives birth. Their gestation period is usually 60-64 days which is a rough estimate as one can never be exact. These days are counted from their last day of heat.
Preparation for Whelping
There are some important things that the Siberian husky owner can do to prepare for whelping. When you have a Siberian husky who is pregnant and close to whelping you should keep a very close eye on him. Get a vet’s number and keep it handy in case of any emergencies. Another important thing is to prepare a whelping box to avoid the dog whelping in a hidden unknown and dark location as they usually do. Line the whelping box with clean towels for comfort. Siberian huskies just like the other dogs prefer to whelp in a dark and quiet place that’s why they prefer whelping at night and if you do not prepare a whelping box they will hide at a dark place. It is therefore essential to keep the whelping box at a spot that is dark and quiet. Still, in preparation for Siberian husky whelping, take the huskies temperature frequently. When her temperature drops below 100 usually to 99 then she will whelp within the next 8-12 hours.
When labor begins it can last between two to six hours. This is the point you should call your vet and inform him/her that your Siberian husky is in labor so that you can keep updating the vet on the whelping progress. If the labor lasts longer than eight hours, call the vet.
You will notice a distinct discharge from the husky’s vulva and you will notice her licking at her vulva. This signifies that the Siberian husky whelping process is about to begin. Soon there will be contractions that cannot be visible. However, the contractions make the belly rock hard and you can feel this if you touch the belly during a contraction.
Generally, Siberian huskies do not need much assistance giving birth, and you should leave the dog alone. The dog may need help when you sense there is something wrong or notice her panicking. You must call the vet if this is the case. There are instances where you could help the husky with the removal of the amniotic sac or cutting the umbilical cord. Normally the dog consumes the amniotic sacs to replenish nutrients and energy spent in the whelping process.
After whelping, ensure that the dog has access to her food. Provide plenty of nutritious food and water in close proximity to the husky. Siberian husky whelping drains all the energy from the husky and he may have a hard time going out to relieve himself so place house training pads for him.
During Siberian husky whelping, do not panic when a puppy or two dies. A number of puppies usually die during whelping and this is to be expected. This may be reduced by keeping the whelping environment clean and germ-free, giving a lot of emotional support to the husky, and helping her relax.