Best Floor Covering for Whelping Box
When you’re looking for a flooring solution for whelping, we believe that there is no better version on the market than the RACS whelping floor. Of course we’re a bit biased, but we’d like to lay out the reasons we built this flooring solution the way we did for whelping scenarios. Hopefully it will help you see the benefits to having a durable, well-thought-out flooring option for birthing situations.
Below we’d like to walk you through our design inclusions for the whelping box flooring product we offer for veterinary, animal hospital, and breeder operations that will help you determine whether this is the whelping product you’ve been in need of.
Building a best in class Whelping Solution requires a few important parts
Firstly: Simplicity. We believe that a whelping solution should be simple and easy to understand.
Secondly: Robustness. We believe that the benefits of having a product that can handle anything you can throw at it will help when time and comfort is crucial and failure is not an option.
Thirdly: comfort, and ease of cleaning. Your puppies and that dog Mommy shouldn’t have to “rough it” during an already stressful time. Our design allows for easy cleaning, easy evacuation of urine and feces, and the coating makes it comfortable for the animals in the whelping box.
These three concepts helped us to deliver what we believe is the best in class whelping floor on the market. Here are some specific design and product attributes that should highlight the benefits of RACS flooring components for whelping needs.
- Easy to clean, easy to maintain
- Built to be robust and last a long time
- Easy passive evacuation of urine and feces through a raised, open design that offers pass-through potential, while not being so small as to potentially trap small paws
- Modular sizing and build style
- Plastisol coating over premium steel offers autoclave sanitization capabilities, rust proofing, and easy maintenance
- That same plastisol is comfortable because it stays at the ambient environmental temperature (no colder, and no hotter)
- Stable, welded design that has no exposed steel or sharp areas
- The open design dries quickly and allows some warm air to be retained beneath the unit, while providing proper air flow
- Affordable and approachable
What other concerns might you have when designing an optimal whelping setup with whelping boxes?
We also offer a whelping box setup. It’s an ideal companion for this whelping floor, which measures 48”x48” in total (2 pieces measuring 24”x48”, in a modular design).
Warmth, stability, and safety in a stress free environment is really an ideal set of goals for any whelping situation. Newborn animals need to be comfortable, have immediate access to their mother, and not have to worry about environmental concerns. A moderately sized box to contain these babies offers less chance for injury.
Our whelping box is ideal with the integrated floor, which makes it easier to prolong disruption because you don’t have to clean up feces and urine as soon as other options – thanks to the open design which promotes that waste to fall below the flooring. When it is time to clean, the polyvinyl coating (polyvinyl and plastisol are the same thing), makes it easy to get back into service quickly. This ensures a sanitary whelping area. It also stands up to multiple washings in a way that any other whelping pad cannot.
Additionally, there is a strong stable base built in, that raises this floor to promote dryness, airflow, and the ability to incorporate other items into the area as needed. The slightly raised platform offers a comfortable palace for pups to rest, without suffocation concerns from blankets or other materials. The coating promotes the ambient temperature, so the cold or heat won’t be irritating to the young puppies.
The ability for cleaning and sanitization in an autoclave makes these perfect for commercial hospitals, veterinarians, and professional breeders. The approachability and easy maintenance makes them a great option for beginning breeders and other smaller facilities. We believe that we have achieved a product that is best in class across a broad range of use cases, thanks to the inherent design inclusions and important engineered components.
The most important being that we have seen our whelping flooring products tested in hundreds of world class facilities, and improved the design over time to refine it into what we offer today. The resulting operational efficiencies and comfort levels for all stakeholders in the whelping operation makes this an easy choice. Most importantly, the animals! We are committed to providing solutions that are animal-first and comfort centric, while still being efficient and easy to understand so that staff can benefit from the design as well.
Different options on the market for whelping Box floor Coverings
We won’t try to speculate on the different options that may be used in whelping situations all over the place, but we’ll comment on why having a sanitizable, robustly built, easy to use, modular flooring solution for professional whelping operations makes sense as opposed to other potential options during birthing situations.
Feces and urine is easily evacuated, which is not usually the case for most material options including wood, blankets, cardboard or other options.
There are no concerns about irritation on new pups’ fur, or exposure to sharp surfaces, or cold or uncomfortable surfaces.
Easy clean up is important. It’s much more eco-conscious to be able to wash and reuse than it is to use and dispose of materials.
Stability and confidence that young paws won’t be caught in the flooring is important.
The build quality and life-expectancy of this flooring option far surpasses any other market option that we are aware of.
Most importantly, more time for young pups with mom makes sense. A flooring option that can promote that, is worth its weight in gold. One that is able to be cleaned and back in service quickly makes economic sense for high throughput operations.
This is a professional tool for professional breeders, vets, hospitals, kennels and other places where whelping is a common occurrence. We are committed to providing world class tooling to professionals in animal services industries and adjacent services providers. We’re appreciative of your consideration of our products for your business or home. You can view our entire catalog or animal products here.