My six month old maltese/west hightland terrier must be pretty close to coming on heat. Is there anything I can do to deter dogs coming in? Is there anything she can take to stop the 'smell' that attracts other dogs. Also, is it advisable to wait before breeding from her. Is six months too young?
No, there is nothing you can do to prevent your bitch from coming in heat.
The best thing you can do is keep her at home, in your fenced yard when she goes outside. If she does not spread her "aura" around the neighborhood by roaming all over peeing her smell around, the dogs won't come so much. Do not leave her outside unattended, especially after she has been in heat for about a week. They ovulate, depending on breed, anywhere from day 6 through 16 or so.
Is six months (and first heat) too young to breed her? I cannot believe you even asked this. That would be like a ten year old human being told by her parents to go produce grandchildren. A litter at this age is almost guaranteed to be a disaster. She is too young. Beyond the physical problems (she could easily die trying to have the pups) she is not going to be mentally ready to take care of babies. There is a much higher incidence of mortality for both the bitch and the whelps with a litter this from a bitch this young.
What makes you think she is coming in? Is her vulva swollen? If not, why not call TODAY and make an appointment to have her spayed?
You know the first few responses are getting to be way to typical on here. If I were a newcomer asking this question, I would never be back after those responses! Period! This is a public discussion forum for pet owners and you should expect to get questions like these. Try answering them without so much spite.
Itlgto, it's true that some of the resonses are tough to deal with especially for a new dog owner with little to no experience. To some people its like asking a clerk how much an item is at the dollar store. I've learned a lot here and I try to keep in mind that I was a dumb new Mommy with my children, and I'm still a dumb new Mommy with my dogs. I do appriciate the great advise I've gotten here and the other stuff I just take in and feel bad for the person who asked the "nieve" question.
I'm sorry, but when someone asks about doing something with a dog that is very likely to result in the death of the dog, I am going to be pretty emphatic in my response. I tried to be as informative as I could, but wanted this person to realize that it is very important that they NOT breed their bitch.
To the person who posted, I am not trying to be mean. I was just trying to get across the point that your girl is WAY too young. I love dogs and the thought of one dying trying to push a stuck puppy through the birth canal really gets to me. Regular whelpings that go well are traumatic enough for a first time mother.
The only prevention to heat is a spay. Please make sure to keep your eye on her after shes leaves season. 4-8 weeks is when they develop pyometra (uturin infection) and noramlly they become lathargic, run a temp, and they may or may not ooze foul smelling goo.
Your bitch is to young to have puppies. Her mind is not developed and that is more then the physical body. Many breeds are goofy even at two and three years of age.
And as for having puppies, its draining on the bitch. Her body needs to be mature because the puppies will suck the very minerals from her bones if you don't make sure her diet is in order.
I guess the way I see it is that people are going to do what they want. If they want to breed, they will. The best thing to do is to remain mature and friendly and answer their questions the best we can. There are, afterall, young people on this board that we need to set an example for.
The only thing I can add to the advice you have already been given is that you can also buy a type of 'diaper' to put on your pup while she is in heat. Be aware also that if you have a chain link fence, she can actually be bred through the fence. So if that's the case, I would still monitor her when she is going to be outside, especially if your neighbors have dogs.
Well since we are on the subject I have a question. Anyone one used those doggie panties? I expect my Olive to be coming in fairly soon as she is 6 months, she is in the house and willing be staying with my unneutered boy Boston, and no I do not want her bred at 6 mos, but yes I do plan on breeding eventually just not anytime soon so neither will be fixed and they will be living in the same house. So any ideas as to how I can keep her from making a mess, I have seen the doggie panities for this purpose but do they work? And also any tips about how to handle keeping the two "lovers" apart since they live in the same house. I would appreciate your advice and I am sure Mollymoo would as well ( as for some of ya folks no offence but even if Mollymoo did wish to spay her dog she would probably have to wait until after her heat cycle if she is already coming in since I do not believe most vets will spay a dog in heat and she probably needs some advice!)
Some bitches dont mind the panties, some do. My girl kept herself very clean except right before ovulation when she was gushing like a fricking guyser.
I recomend crates and doors. As many between the two as possible. I also recomend no friends who like the dogs, or young children who will let them out to play.
I try to keep my guys on other side of the house, and I walk my bitches in another part of the yard so the byos dont eat the grass and dirt they peed on (yes they will).
I'm vicious about anyone near the dogs when they are in season because to many people forget or think for some reason that the dogs will have self control about this.
Because we don't know the exact point of ovulation, because sperm lives 7 days, and because male dogs can and do rape females, I am cautious from start to finish. You never know how long eggs are going to hang around or the bitch decides to ovulate.
Don't go by the "adverge" My girl ovulated on day 17-19. She had 12 puppies, and yes I am exactly sure of the dates because I checked her twice a day from the time I expected her to go into season till the time she did.
Some girls are sluts the entire time they are in season, so don't think they will only allow breeding during ovulation. Also, some altered dogs can and will breed a bitch. I had to seperate her from my altered GSD because they where making eyes at each other and she was offering and he was willing (sigh). They will dig under the fence and go for the boys, so don't think only the boys come for the girls.
Don't trust the panties to stop anything unless they are made of steel.
Thanks Icy Hound for the information, sounds like it will just have to be total seperation when the time comes to be safe, it will just be a hard thing to get used to. I imagine it will be quite a pain trying to keep these two seperate they are how to put in nicely 'sexual " dogs so I think if she came in we would have pups running out our ears in no time flat.
My 9 month old Doberman Bitch has come into season for the first time. I know there are three stages to the heat cycle (Proestrus, estrus and diestrus). She started between 3 & 4 weeks ago. At first she was dripping bright red and heavy at times and after a week and a half or so she started to drip less and it was more pink or watery looking, this lasted about a week and now she is dripping a dark red and it is light dripping. Is this the third phase and what can I expect next?
I read through the two sites thank you. As I now understand it she should stop dripping in a day or two and then it will be safe to let her out of confinement as she will no longer attract any males. Am I correct in this assumption?
Thanks Icy Hound. I do not plan on having her fixed. She comes from a leading show line of Dobermans and she is currently doing very well in the show ring. I however do not intend to breed her until she is atleast 2-1/2 to 3. I have her entered into three shows at the end of this month and was wondering if it is safe to take her to an arena where there will be hundreds of other dogs.
Thanks Ice HOund. I do not intend to fix her, she is from a leading line of show Dobermans and I do plan on breeding her but not until she matures (between 2-1/2 & 3). She has been doing rather well in the show ring and I have her entered in two shows at the end of this month and I was concerned about bringing her into an arena with litterally hundreds of other dogs.
"snide" I dont think I meant to sound that way. I whole heartedly agree that the original posters dog is way too young to consider having puppies. My point was that some people REALLY do not know a thing about this subject. She got great advise, I'm sure she will know better now about when she should breed her dog if at all. I hope she has other people in her life (PARENTS, VET) , that would guide her towards spay. Agreed that the original question is CRAZY but obviously not to the person who really did not know any better.