The new laws in Victoria say that dogs and cats MUST be desexed before a pound or shelter can rehome them.
Everybody assumes that this means testicle removal (males) or uterine removal (females) but tubal ligations can be done in both sexes and will prevent successful procreation while allowing hormones etc to develop naturally. You would need to tattoo the ear or something to show that it had be done, because it is not obvious.
Downside is that bitches will still have messy seasons and try to get themselves pregnant and males will still pine for bitches in season, mark everywhere, try to wander etc. plus matings can still happen but this is going to happen with entire dogs waiting for development to complete before full desexing anyway.
When I get more time, I will get a heap of info together and start campaiging for TL to become the method of choice but in the meantime, please chat with your own vets and consider this.
When you say “manage” her when she comes into season, typically what can i expect from her?
Im a first timer. So while i feel i looked into a lot of her and her breed prior to picking her up, Desexing was a decision already made. And as i mentioned, I didn’t realise that it was something that should/could be put off to assist growth.
I know that they bleed a little, but is it a lot?
Am I going to have male dogs chewing my fence down to get at her like I imagined?
Should i cover my white carpet in plastic PMSL.
Seriously though, what to expect when in season? And generally when should she be starting her first season?
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
When we had boarding kennels, we had four kennels away from the rest by about 50 meters and we had bitches in season there.....My own, I just deal with it. We have a kennel run, but Lukey used to get so distressed. So we just tied one up on the verandah and the other inside..Swapped by putting katy in the run and so forth..."just never the twain shall meet".
When we did not have our own dog it was even easier...We do live rurally and there are a few wandering dogs around, but i just kept mine either in the kennel run or the house.
I do not have white carpet..i have coloured slate..this house was build with newfies and other dogs in mind...We are dog lovers from way back. I cannot imagine white carpet with dogs. One muddy foot print of mine would "fix" your white carpet forever LOL.
Some other newfie people i know put panties with napkins on their dogs..i think that is kinda sad, but each to their own. My dogs keep themselves clean, lickety lick ........
I kept mine away from dogs for at least four weeks (just incase) after the start and i gave them a really good bath at the end, neutralize all those smells...i also tested them on my friends dogs pre going out public, just in case
Pets are forever
I joke about the bloody carpet alot, I dont really care about it, Im going to rip it up eventually and either tile or floor board it. Dog aside. Kids. I think is worse.
Well, I might just see how i go. Lots of reading and thank you all for the insights. All taken on board with my decision making, and I think i will leave it as long as I can.
I have been told by several sources, including the breeder.. 6 mths.
Our male in the Uk was done at 10 mths when we rescued him, so we are thinking around 10-12 mths for our pup.
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