How do you know when pup is in heat?

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Hi everyone, 

Nala is 8 months old today and we were wondering how we would know when she's in heat. I read about behavior differences, bleeding, swelling, but then I also read that some might not show any signs of it at all?? 

We are not planning to breed but have decided to wait until she's around 18 months old / after her first cycle to spay her. I've read on here about both sides of this subject so we are aware of the necessary things to do when she is in heat. But that's the exact reason I need to know how to tell if she's in heat so we can be prepared.

What have you seen with your experiences and what should we look out for?

Thank you in advance!

 

 

The swelling is the most obvious sign - and it can be quite dramatic on the first heat so don't freak out.  Once I see swelling start, I do a blot test several times a day till I see discharge - then I put on bitch pants. Just make sure that once she comes into heat, you keep her on a leash even in your yard. Do not walk around the neighborhood if there is even a chance that there could be a stray dog. 

As for when to spay, I recommend waiting between 2-3 months after her heat. There is no reason to let her go through more than one heat. 

Also, the average age for a first heat is about 9 months - could be as early as 6 and as late as about 14 months. 

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Glad you brought this up Sarafina. My girl is now 7 months old.

I've always listened to the vets and did my spayings at 6 months but my last dobergirl had incontinence and I want to have the best chances to avoid that with Taegan.

I know there are different opinions on the time of spaying. I didn't know it was best to wait a couple of months after the cycle (thank you Fitzmar).

I have read that there is less chance of mammory cancer if you spay before their first cycle and less chance of incontinence if you spay after their first. IMO from what I have seen most times, there appears to be a greater chance of incontinence than the mammory cancer.

 

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Well, my girl will be 10 months old on Saturday and she just started her heat cycle. I knew that something was up because she has become soooo loving and needy. I noticed the start of swelling yesterday and told my husband today that she is coming in and the next sign to watch for is that first spot of blood. LOL it wasn't an hour and I saw it. So, yeah for getting this over and done with so that we can get her spayed in a few months.

 

She no likey the undies (grandson's outgrown underwear) I have on her. LOL