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    Question When Will She Come on Heat?

    Hi,

    We have an 8 month old Lab and I'm just wondering when she will come on heat?
    Also any suggestions on how to limit the ickyness? I don't want her messing where the kids play.

    Thanks

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    Your dog will come on heat from anytime from now on. I spayed one of mine at 11 months and she hadnt come on heat. One was 8 months and my boys starting showing interest so I got her done. The one bitch I left to come on heat to try and help with ther congential incompetent sphincter she was born with came on heat at 9 months old. 6 weeks later she came down with pyometra (infection of the uterus) which nearly killed her so she had an emergency spay to safe her life.

    She kept herself very clean and there was little mess. Some dogs are very messy and I hear that you can get disposable panties although I am told this can increase the chance of pyometra.

    Managing a dog on heat is not something I found very fun. I had neigbourhood males banging on the door and trying to force their way in. Scaling my fence. Man those boy dogs are determined, pain in the arse. Never again is all I can say.

    I make sure I spay my females before they came into heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalacreek View Post
    I made sure I spayed my females before they came into heat. Your dog will come on heat from anytime from now on. I spayed one of mine at 11 months and she hadnt come on heat. One was 8 months and my boys starting showing interest so I got her done. The one bitch I left to come on heat to try and help with ther congential incompetent sphincter she was born with came on heat at 9 months old. 6 weeks later she came down with pyometra (infection of the uterus) which nearly killed her so she had an emergency spay to safe her life.

    She kept herself very clean and there was little mess. Some dogs are very messy and I hear that you can get disposable panties although I am told this can increase the chance of pyometra.

    Managing a dog on heat is not something I found very fun. I had neigbourhood males banging on the door and trying to force their way in. Scaling my fence. Man those boy dogs are determined, pain in the arse. Never again is all I can say.
    Thanks for that. Yes I'm still trying to convince my OH to have her desexed before she goes into heat. The male dogs are also a big concern of mine as we have lots of dogs in our neighbourhood, although we do have a six foot high fence I still don't want them sniffing around.

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    Where there is a will there is a way.
    You don't want any woopsy litters. God only knows there are too many unwanted dogs.

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    Take your OH for a drive to the pound, i speyed mine after her first time on heat, when i got her she had already gone into heat, however due to the circumstances we had to deal with it. As Kallacreek said it is not that fun having a bitch on heat, the week after she came off i took her straight to the vet.

    I hope you convince your OH.

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    A friend of mine has pugs and they wear nappies during that time. It's revolting, to be honest. No one wants to see a dog walking around like that, it smells, they're uncomfortable but without it there is blood everywhere. Every dog is different, like humans, so there is the chance it will be very messy.

    I agree with CJay, take your OH to the local pound and let him look at all those dogs who don't have homes due to mistakes. Even better, just make the appointment at the vet and tell him to suck it up. Unless you lock the dog outside or force it to wear some sort of pad/nappy contraption things will get messy, not to mention the mess of a litter of puppies running around.

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    Some determined male dogs will scale a 6 ft fence no problems. You wouldnt believe the determination of these testosterone fueled Romeos. My neighbours dog went over their 6 foot fence no problems when there was a bitch on heat. I think they had to take the fence to 8 foot before they stopped him.

    If all else fails can you make a deal with DH that he changes her nappies, when she comes on heat, that thought would turn any male that I know right off.

    Most men I know have no problem about spaying a bitch, usually its cutting balls of male dogs that makes them balk.

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    Hi Chelsea, she could come on heat any time now. I think the ickiness is very dependent on the individual dog. My girl keeps herself very clean, and in fact she stays inside the house when she's on heat.

    I wouldn't take any chances with her while she's on heat. Any agile dog can scale a 6ft fence. If you care about the welfare of your girl, either keep her inside the house while she's on heat, or get her desexed now.

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    Yep. Six foot is nothing to a male dog after a bitch on heat. One of my neighbours found a local mutt tied with her pet whippet girl in their backyard just recently and rang me in a panic. They have six foot colourbond. When the tie broke he was over it and gone.

    I arranged her spay and transport and it was all done, but a pain in the butt to get done at short notice. It was also a scary time for her owner. She had one purebred litter previously and they nearly lost her to a stuck puppy. After that they put of her spay for financial reasons, and then this. Their enquiries found that a c-section for her was going to start at $2800 and go up from there depending on time of day/night and further complications, and they still might have lost their bitch.

    Now she is spayed and safe.

    I found another pair of whippets at my front gate today - meeting and greeting my entire male. Both in season. Found their owner on the other side of town, they have NEVER excaped before and they too have six foot fences.

    The only way to avoid the risk to your girl, the mes, trouble from other dogs, and the potential cost of medical treatment is to spay her before she cycles.

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    We had our girl spayed last week, she is just over 11 months old. She had not come into heat yet and the vet saw no sign of her doing so.

    Some people find that bitches have their first season at a similar time that their mother did. Although this is far from foolsafe, our girl's mother didn't have her first until 13 months and her lines in general are late to mature. I wanted to wait as long as possible but just did not want to deal with it so went and got her done. Keeping her inside the house for 3 weeks was just not going to work for us so this way is much easier!

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