Patent Number: 6,305,317

Title: Inflatable whelping container

Abstract: A whelping container is made of a flexible, plastic or rubber material and is inflatable. The container may include two or more subchambers, each of which includes its own separate inflation/deflation valve. The material used is employed in sufficient thickness to provide sufficient strength to resist damage from chewing or scratching by the mother or her puppies. The container has a floor partially defined by an inflation chamber to provide cushioning for the mother and puppies within the container. The top surface of the container overhangs the periphery of the floor to define a peripheral chamber about the periphery of the floor. This peripheral chamber serves the purpose of providing a place where a puppy can escape if the mother is in a position where she might roll over the puppy and otherwise smother it. Two sets of vents extend through walls of the container to vent the peripheral chamber to atmosphere. Thus, if a puppy enters the peripheral chamber either to rest or to escape the mother who is rolling over to a location where she might overlie the puppy, these vents provide air flow into the peripheral chamber so that the puppy can survive being located therein.

Inventors: Spiegel; H. Jay (Mount Vernon, VA)


International Classification: A01K 1/035 (20060101); A01K 1/02 (20060101); A01K 001/035 (); A01K 029/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018