1st time with her heat coming!

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My baby will be 1 year old tomorrow!!! YEAH....

BUT

she started her heat today and i've never dealt with this before... with blood all over the walls & floor....ohhh my....how long will this go on and how many times this will happen each year?

I need more advise on how to prevent her from roaming intact male dogs, which will come out of the road near our home at times. I've been told that they will jump/dig/destroy fences and can and will follow that scent straight back to the source!! How true is that?

Luckly i haven't notice any trace of dog outside my house....but i believe soon there will be...

 

thanks in advance :)
 

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First of all, she will bleed to varying degrees for the next 3 weeks or more, and she needs to be COMPLETELY supervised and kept away from males for the next 4 weeks at least, just to be completely safe. 

Yes, it is likely that roaming intact dogs may show up, and depending on where you live she may also attract coyotes and/or wolves.  I had a wolf show up near my fence when one of my girls was in season. 

Spaying her before her first season would have drastically reduced her risk of mammary cancer, and also would have prevented what you're going through now.  I hope you'll get her spayed before her next season which should be about 6 months from now.  They usually cycle about every 6 months although some cycle more frequently, like every 4 months. 

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Hi April; and welcome to the forum..

Happy Birthday to your girl

Were you planning on breeding her?  If not I highly reccomend you take her to teh vet and get her spayed.  If money is an issue many states and counties have programs to get the surgery done at a discount. 

Now for the fun part.. Yes males that are intact will search out your female and they will jump/dig/destroy fences, just to get to her.  It only takes one time for a male to get to her to get her pregnant so be very careful.   This will happen twice a year and Im surprised she has not gone into heat before now.   If you are not planning to spay her, they do make doggie diapers that are disposbale or the kids that have pads in them and you can wash the main diaper.  In my experience they dont work very well beause they slid down quite a bit but its better than a big mess.  Secondly I reccomend only allowing her outside to potty (under supervision) and then back inside immediately while she is in heat.  The cycle lasts 21 days from beginning to end, so be prepared for a long few weeks.  There really is no way to keep males away from her outside unless you purchase a welded (not chainlink these are easy to chew through for a determined dog) kennel with a top and pour a concrete pad to bolt it to.

Trust me when I say that spaying your girl is SOO MUCH CHEAPER than having a litter of puppies.  My female had a litter of pups 1 week ago today and I have already spent more than a spay surgery would cost on 1 vet trip having thei tails docked and dewclaws removed. 

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Just one more reason to spay early. 

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Giving your girl chlorophyll tablets can reduce odor, and help in keeping stray males away from your house.  It can also help your own nose out, as some girls wind up smelling pretty rank while they're in season.

You can buy them at stores like GNC or Vitamin Shoppe, or order them online.

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Also, Sunny Hill Design makes awesome bitch britches (aka sexy pants) that are the best fitting ones I've ever seen.  These are people who used to own dobermans, so they know how to make pants that fit dobergirls.  Their contact info is:

Bob and Gloria Letsinger

831-649-5252

You just put any kind of mini pad inside the pants, and you're good to go, with your girl looking pretty stylish, too!

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If you don't think you can dedicate yourself financially to a litter of puppies, you can have her spayed even while in heat.  It may cost a litlte more, so it's understandable if you want to schedule it for after her heat cycle.  But as Glengate pointed out, an earlier spay would've helped with prevention of cancer.  Still spaying her now will prevent other things, like uterian infections that are life threatening.  Those can come at any age, but get progressively more likely as they get older.

I understand that some cultures are not for spaying or neutering, but it is in the best interest of the dog and you.  Keeping in mind puppies are not only expensive to have, your dog may also have complications that require thousands of dollars to save her life.

Glengate - that is crazy about the wolf!

Aprilchoong,

If this is you first time with a female in heat, HANG ON!! Every male within nose shot will target your house lile a heat seeking missle and they come in gangs. Fences mean nothing to them. I had a fenced, covered, and concreted dog run (like a maximum security dog run) inside the fenced property. The property fence had a cattle shock wire on it too. I was doing some yard work and put Dixie (this was a while back) in the run, went inside for a few minutes ( I'm talking 3 or 4 minutes) for something, came out and there he was. Front paws up on the run and Dixie backed up to the chainlink. So like everyone said, SUPERVISED, at all times. And if you haven't decided to get her spayed, you will. Good Luck!

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Yes definate supervision constant until done. My Akita's breeder put Wyatt's momma out like gunny did but no top on the kennel- went back into the house to get somethings done and Luka had climbed (yes climbed) over the 8' chain link and hopped in with Lily and Karen had another litter on her hands shortly there after.

Even if you have a fenced yard, take her out with a leash on - double security and if you see a male heading your way you can get her in fast.  I would recommend NOT going for walks with her while she is in heat.

Some doggie diapers work better than others. You can also try a pair of boys undies and put her tail though the door and use a small sanitary pad. Hopefully you have a crate for her for when you can't supervise her - as some bitches tend to pull the pants off and might also eat the pad!

If you can wait to spay her till after this heat, I'd recommend waiting about 2 months after her heat ends before spaying her - it will help lesson her chances of having spay incontinence. 

 

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dear all,

thanks for the wonderful advise :)

Fitzmar: definately NOT taking her out for a walk, i can't handle other male dog attack.

Glengate: WOW!!! wolf.....never think of that, our back yard is a hillside orchard, i'll be more caution now on since you mention about wild animals.....although we don't have wolf in our area....but fox might appear ^^

Livelaughlove: Yes, we do plan to breed her, perhaps during her 3rd heat season. Will match her with one of our breeder choice of male dog.... then we can have PUPPIES!!! yeah, i love puppies :)

 

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My girl is 8 mos and going through the same thing... She doesn't bleed too much... but we still diaper her. She is gettin spayed in december. Definately do not leave her outside unattended... even the non-intact males will come around. I would also suggest getting furniture deodorizer... because some girls get REALLY smelly. 

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April,

since you are planning to breed her, I strongly reccomend a welded kennel with a top.  Its a big investment but well worth its weight in gold for while she is in heat.  We are planning to purchase one next month and pouring a concrete pad under it.   Just remember having a litter of puppies is no easy task (trust me) and it is no cheap process either.  We had intended upon waiting until the spring after we had more testing done with Bella but our male had other ideas and we now have 10 lil puppies running around.. Build a whelping box ahead of time too, it saves a lot of headaches after the pups are born and it gives momma a place to have them where they will all be safe..