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An EZwhelp Recommended Heating Solution
EZwhelp's heat lamp attached to a Large (left) and XX-Small (right) whelping
Why heat with a lamp?
Lamp heating has several advantages over the use of heating pads or cradles.
- Heat lamps can be a perfect solution for puppy warmth because they
address the need for minor temperature variance at the surface, unlike other
surface based solutions. Yet this inconsistent temperature (declining away
from lamp center) is also a problem for puppies competing for the same
warmth. This is where our RetroLite lamp strikes a perfect balance for
constant, but gradual warming (see discussion below).
- When using lamps, electrical cords will not be inside the whelping box.
- No cleaning is required for lamps, whereas pads, cradles, or other "in
box" devices require maintenance.
We ship our lamp package with one of our coffee-top whelping pads (dark
color, for better heat absorption). The pad in combination with the corrugated
plastic flooring of our boxes provides good insulation from the ground.
Corrugated plastic traps air in the floor fluting thus maximizing the natural
insulation qualities of non-circulating air.
Why use the RetroLite lamp?
No other lamp can match it. The revolutionary Comfort Zone 20 lamp was
specifically designed to provide consistent heat over the litter area without
hot spots. Other lamps will create a hot point at center which significantly
graduates down as the puppies lie further away. Such lamps make it too difficult
for the puppies to find and benefit from consistent temperature. Although some
graduation is desirable (so the puppies can self-adjust), the CZ20 provides for
only a slight temperature variance--not too much, not too little. Perfect.
How high should I set the lamp?
This will vary depending on ambient room temperature. At a room temperature
of 66 degrees (F), a height of 26" will create a surface temperature of
approximately 78 degrees. (Measure the height from the bottom of the lamp, not
the plastic lampholder, to the floor surface.) Raise or lower the lamp to adjust
the surface temperature.
Breeders will often seek to warm the puppies at about 85 degrees for the
first couple days and then back off to maintain 75 to 80 degrees. Assume some
variation among breeds. See the tips below for ideas on gauging the comfort
level of your puppies.
The RetroLite "Hang Straight" Heat Lamp Fixture
Use our Retrolite Comfort Zone lamp with the "Hang Straight" lamp fixture:
- Sturdy 9' cord allows flexibility and safety in suspending the lamp.
- Lampholder is fully enclosed to protect against breakage and water
- Screw shell and center contact of lampholder are nickel plated to
prevent bonding to heat lamp screw base. This eliminates separation of
the glass from the screw base during relamping.
- Shock absorbing non-metallic shade/enclosure will not dent or
corrode and reduces the risk of damage to the heat lamp.
- A portion of the heat lamp's light is diffused through the opaque
shade/enclosure to provide supplemental illumination.
Artificially controlling the temperature for puppies (and the mom) can be
dangerous if not done carefully. Whelps can be harmed by too much heat, as well
as insufficient heat. We recommend that inexperienced breeders work with a
breeding mentor, or consult their vet regarding proper temperatures and puppy
comfort. We offer the following tips as suggestions for consideration:
- An indication that the temperature is too warm: puppies scattered and
tending away from the heat lamp.
- An indication that the temperature is too cool: puppies cuddling and
piling on top of each other.
- Lamp heat should only be applied to a portion of the whelping box --
allowing the mom and puppies (if too warm) to move away.
- Artificial heat should always be closely supervised.
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