List of Items to Bring for Your Bitch’s C-Section

List of Items to Bring for Your Bitch’s C-Section

  • The pregnant dog in need of the C-section
  • Cell phone
  • Tarp, shower curtain, or vinyl tablecloth to cover the seats or floor of the car
  • Crate large enough for the pregnant bitch to travel in
  • Large Vari-Kennel crate with top ½ removed, which easily gives you access to the bitch or preferred a baby pool
  • 3 Blankets for inside crate or pool (One for the way down, then a clean one for the return home, and a smaller one that will go on top of the heating pad- So that heating pad is between the blankets.) Or you can use large towels. I cover the bitch and puppies with a large towel on the return home- everything covered except the bitch’s head so there are no drafts on the puppies.  Or you can clip a towel over most of the crate, allowing room for easy access if needed
  • Heating pad – take two, one for the crate/pool for the return ride home and one for in the basket. Don’t forget the adapter to plug into
  • Hot water bottle – take one just in case something happens and the heating pads don’t work
  • Plastic laundry basket – to use after puppies are cleaned up and getting ready to leave the clinic
  • Towels – plenty of them!! Hand towels and full size bath size towels
  • Small garbage bag
  • Paper towels
  • Kleenex – especially good for pooping puppies
  • Cotton balls, Q-Tips, and cotton gauze squares
  • Nolvasan (properly diluted and ready to use)
  • Puppy formula mixed – in a seal tight container and enough to feed litter if needed before leaving the clinic. If bringing a premixed can, remember a container to heat the formula in, and a lid for the remaining unused portion in the can.
  • French feeding tube and syringe (sterilized and ready to use)
  • Bulb syringe and Dee Lee mucus trap – for suctioning puppies if needed
  • Hemostat
  • Dental floss – in case you need to re-tie an umbilical
  • Water
  • Water dish for bitch, and or a squirt bottle of water
  • Cooler
  • Ice (I bring ice just in case you have a bleeding dew claw) or Quick-Stop or
  • Antiseptic powder, or all of the above
  • Normal first aid