I have two Danes we rescued them, they have been together for five years they are not brother and sister they are 3 mos apart. I have had them for a year now and this is the first time they have come into heat with us. Why now? I don't want to fix them and I know he cannot reproduce, he had a problem when he was a puppy. However he is the worst to be around right now. My female is laid back easy going and really has no interest however my male is driving me up the wall!! Any ideas??
Are you serious? A rescue let you adopt 2 intact dogs? Why on earth don't you want to get them spayed / neutered? I am sure they have been through enough trauma already, coming from a rescue situation.
Do them both a favor and have them spayed / neutered. Please.
You could try keeping them separate when the female is in heat. The male because he is intact, still believes that he needs to breed the female. He will drive you nuts every time she goes into heat because males, especially intact ones, are really attracted to the smell. I was also rather shocked why a rescue let you adopt 2 intact dogs, especially of different genders. At all the rescues and humane societies I have ever worked at--and there are many--have never adopted out a dog without altering them...except in the case of puppies, but they are adopted out on a legally binding contract. The best would be to neuter and spay...can I ask why you do not want to do that? :)
***Edited By: Rescuepups! on 1/17/2007 4:48:54 PM*** Reason: add
after speaking with my vet he said he didnt see a reason to have my female fixed due to the fact that she has really bad allergies from her situation and only gives her about a year or so to go he told me id be lucky with a year. I never saw a reason to fix my male cause its been a year without any problems until yesterday, this all started yesterday.
The vet doesn't want to spay the female because she has really bad allergies? I think I would get another vet. Having the female in heat and in close proximity of the male is going to stress out both of them.
Have you tried contacting the rescue where you got your dogs from to see what they advise? Are they aware that you did not follow through with the spay / neutering?
***Edited By: Basset_Lover on 1/17/2007 4:52:42 PM*** Reason: :P
The vet doesnt want to fix her cause he is telling me in a few months she wont be living, i was just curious i have always have had dogs of the same sex so this is new to me, They are not doing anything the male just wonders around complaining and pacing alot she wont let him do anything. They are my old married couple she is the boss and he listens but from the way its sounds if I fix him? It will calm him down?
Altering the male will help a lot. He will be a better pet for you. Honestly, even if he is neutered and she has another heat, it will still drive him crazy and even though he won't be able to mate, being that close to an intact female he will still drive you nuts!
***Edited By: Rescuepups! on 1/17/2007 5:02:13 PM*** Reason: new info
I didnt rescue them through a rescue a man put an ad in the paper free danes must go to together, so i called him when i got there to get them, they were coverd in crap thin, nails needed to cut teeth were bad so i took them home right away, cleaned them up took them to my vet, baby my female has real bad allergies in fact she has been put on everything steriods, and other meds cause she had eaten herself so badly. I have been through two vets already this is the only guy I like who has been honest with me about her and how the allergies are affecting her, She has ear cleaner, and meds, ears drops the whole nine yards i have had her tested. She has been on food diets. I didnt come on here to get yelled at i just wanted to know how to dealw ith my male thank you! I can see why I should have stayed off thank you
even if you do have dogs of the same sex, they should still be neutered or spayed because it 1) reduces dominance, jealousy, and rivalry because they don't feel the need to compete for a female or male 2) They are much healthier, less likely to develop cancers of reproductive glands 3) If they ever do meet another intact dog, there could be another unwanted litter of pups and there is nothing we need less than that! 4) they are less likely to wander away looking for a mate 5) The cost of spaying and neutering is very little. There are many places that will do it well for a very reasonable price because they know the cost of not spaying/neutering = lots of unwanted pups. Obviously, if your female is probably not going to make it long, then you are just going to have to stick it out for this heat (I'm sorry she is not doing well). I encourage you to neuter the male and alter any of your other future pets. It changes nothing about their personalities, just makes them easier to live with and better companions. :)
sorry if people yelled at you but when you ask for people's advise your bound(SP?) to get it. sometimes people give you great advise and other times they give you corrective criticism. it doen't mean that we are yelling at you! it just means that we are trying to help you out.
I hope that you will take our advise and I hope your baby will be ok.
What was the problem your male had when he was a puppy? If he has testicles, he is still getting hte hormones that are telling him to breed. If he is interested and willing, and he has testicles, while your female isn't letting him mount at this moment in time, when she is receptivve at 10ish days into her heat cycle, she WILL let him mount. When dogs go into heat the females don't actually let mounting in general until after bout 10 days have passed, regardless of hte male's interest. After that time period is up, anything goes.
If your male still has his testicles (one or both, whatever his problem was) you need to be aware of what the next week could hold for you. If you have a way to keep the dogs apart, please please do so. If you leave the dogs alone together with the female in heat and the male interested, even if he doesn't have testicles, he could try to mate with her. If he 'ties' with her in your absence and she moves wrong, she could seriously injure your male. I've heard of people who've had 1 male dog neutered with a female in heat, and discovered a blood bath when the male ripped his genitals trying to dismount from teh female. Some males may lack testicles but they still have the will and interest and are still going to give it their best, they don't know that their mating behavior wont' result in puppies....
ANd if your male isn't actually neutered, if by some chance he *is* fertile, and does mate with yoru female... Your femal is terminal, and getting pregnant could hurry her to her grave that much faster.
My advice is to keep the dogs 100% seperate... SEe if a friend is willing to keep him for a couple of weeks. Kennel or crate one, while the other has the roam of the house. If the male is trying to mount now, she is not letting him, but when she does let him (and believe me she almost certianly will), are you physically able to stop a determined 100+ lb dog from his goal? I am pretty strong and I don't think I could stop a great dane!
I would at least get the male neutered even if you don't spay the female. It takes out possible health problems like testicular cancer and will probably calm him down. How old are they? What is wrong with the female besides allergies that the vet thinks she's going to die soon? What are you feeding them? The most common allergies in dogs are corn and wheat. Science Diet, which is what most vets will suggest, doesn't have a single formula without one or the other. Have you been to a dermatologist?
I know he cannot reproduce, he had a problem when he was a puppy ----------------------------------------- Wondering what the problem was? And as Minniyar said, as long as he has testicles....well, he will produce the hormones.
Also, your female may not be allowing him to breed her now, but there is a space of time during the heat cycle that we call 'standing heat' that is a space of time in which the female WILL except a male.
So, re-consider neutering your male, even if sterile he can be prone to testicular cancer, peri-anal hernias, and other things that are secluded to intact males.
In the mean time, your best to keep them totally seperate from each other.