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    My dog just turned one, and she is now in heat - which is absolutely a nightmare for us, because she keeps running away. Usually, her and our old dog ( a 15 year old desexed kelpie boy) have their own large area outside with a kennel, outdoor beds and plenty of space to run around, and they have always been happy there. But a couple of days ago, we came home in the afternoon to find our dog running around the streets. The fences around the backyard and the house are 1.80 (the actual dog fence is 1,20 ), and we couldnt understand how she got away. The next day we came home only to find her being gone again. We found her easily enough, but decided then to tie her up in that area when we were not at home. It hurt, but what could we do? The dogs are walked both in the evening and in the morning, and when we are home, the dog fence is opened and they can walk wherever they want in the backyard, and inside the house. None of them likes being inside much, though, only when theres a big storm

    So, the next morning my husband took the car for a drive, and the dog got really restless. She started yelping and jumping up and down, and even though I went outside to calm her down and show her I was still at home, I felt I had no choice but to put her lead back on and have her tied to the house.

    We went for a little drive, after she calmed down, gave them some treats and extra cuddles (we thought she might have entered a phase where she felt lonely, so we gave her some special attention), but when we came back, she was gone again. The collar was still attached to the lead, so she had taken that off somehow. Again, she was nearby and came home right away, but we put her collar and lead back on, didnt see how she got out of there at all.
    In the evening last night, while we were here, she did the same thing again. Her collar was still here, and she had jumped the fence. While we were all here.

    This morning she has been crazy. My husband left for work, and she went absolutely berserk. Yelping and crying, and jumping up and down and trying to get out, I walk up to her an tell her off, and give her cuddles, dont understand what she needs, Im here, theres no need to run, WHY? So this morning she has already jumped the fence twice. She removes the collar and jumps up and jumps down on the other side. I caught her in the act the last time, and told her off about it, but that was the moment I realized that this might very possibly be her being in heat for the first time and it makes her restless.

    We have not desexed her, but will definately do that if this is how she will be acting!

    This is the first time we have a girl, and was wondering if anyone agrees with me, that this could very possibly be the reason, and if you have any advice on how to cope with this?

    Thanks!

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    All the female dogs I have owned usually dont go roamin when they are on heat, dogs try to get in our yard but they generally dont try to get out.

    Our Ruby went on heat when she was 9 mnths old and she was a little extra sooky but thats about it.

    I would suggest getting her desexed if its on the cards anyway. Just so you are not left with a little of puppies next time she gets out.
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    Seems strange that she would all of a sudden start escaping etc so I would definitely say it is related to her being on heat.

    Is there a reason you are keeping her entire?? If not I would be having her desexed as this will definitely help curb this behaviour. On top of that if there are any loose entire males (and even desexed males possibly) you may find that they start showing up in your yard because if she can get over the fence they can also.

    If she has already been out 3 or 4 days I would be taking her to the vet as for all you know she may already be pregnant, if so the vets can perform an abortion at the same time as her spay.

    If you don't want to spay her then you need to build a secure run for her ie: roofed. To keep her in when she is on heat to stop her getting out and dogs getting in.

    BL - Not all female dogs will roam when on heat but some will. My childhood dog did.
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    Thanks for replies guys, I see I will definately have to take her to the vet, but can she be desexed at any time, like while she is in heat?

    There is not really any reason why we havent done it yet, only because to me she is just a little puppy, but obviously, we cant have her running around the neighbourhood all night and day! She doesnt like being inside either, so thats not an option, and even so, I have a 1,5 year old running around, and with blood splatter every where I dont really think thats very nice either.

    I told my husband he might have to build a roof over the dog yard, but It just feels very cruel:P I suppose the quickest and best way is to take her to the vet first, as you say, other dogs may come here, and climb over the fence (although it is very tall, dont see how they do it!) even though i havent seen anyone around here.

    Thank you so much for your answers

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidio View Post
    Thanks for replies guys, I see I will definately have to take her to the vet, but can she be desexed at any time, like while she is in heat?

    There is not really any reason why we havent done it yet, only because to me she is just a little puppy, but obviously, we cant have her running around the neighbourhood all night and day! She doesnt like being inside either, so thats not an option, and even so, I have a 1,5 year old running around, and with blood splatter every where I dont really think thats very nice either.

    I told my husband he might have to build a roof over the dog yard, but It just feels very cruel:P I suppose the quickest and best way is to take her to the vet first, as you say, other dogs may come here, and climb over the fence (although it is very tall, dont see how they do it!) even though i havent seen anyone around here.

    Thank you so much for your answers
    Male dogs can do amazing things to get to b*tches in heat. They will scale huge fences, smash through plate glass windows, chew through wire fencing etc.

    I would just take her to the vet and see what they say re: desexing, at the very least they can give her a check up and set a date for her spay. I think they can spay during her heat it may just be a little more expensive.

    A roof over your dog enclosure is not cruel. It doesn't have to be a solid roof, just a good chain link roof so the sun can still get through. It is really the opposite of cruel, you would be doing it to keep your dogs safe because you love them.

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    I would much prefer a roofed or secure area than a dog injured or dead by being run over.

    She is probably pregnant by now so I think a vet trip is needed.

    If you own your house Maybe higher fencing would help.

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    I'm fairly sure that most vets don't like to desex during a heat because there is a higher risk of hemorrhage. I would be crating her, getting a wire roof on the run or keeping her indoors (regardless of how she feels about it) until the heat is over.

    Once it was over I'd be getting her straight to the vet & getting her desexed.

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    Take her to the vet first thing - they will assess and tell you if they want to wait a few weeks before they do the spey - it is a little more risky during some satges of heat because of the enlarged blood vessels etc.
    They may or may not be able to provide a injection which will ensure no puppies develop at this stage too. Be guided by their advice.

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