Additional Items Needed for Birth
Before your dog goes into labor, you’ll want to make sure you have the following items prepared: newspaper, clean towels, a thermometer, and the phone number for your veterinarian or the emergency personnel on staff. Use the newspaper as bedding for your dog and her puppies and line the whelping box with it before, during, and after whelping. Towels can be used to clean off the puppies during whelping, Peterson said.
Your dog’s temperature will drop slightly before labor, so keep the thermometer handy to check her temperature prior to whelping. Get in touch with your vet should any problems or complications arise before, during, and after the process.