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My chi is 3months old and we plan on not getting her "fixed",and I want to be prepared ahead of time so I can be aware of what I need to do. Can anyone give me advice or tips or anything helpful that would be great!


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My girls are entire. If you only have one dog, heat cycles are really easy to manage. It is only when other dogs are involved that it gets complicated
She will have her first season somewhere between the age of 6 and 18 months. Signs of impending heat are marking, peeing more frequently and other dogs being over-interested in her urine. (After smelling it they will show the Flehmen response) Then her vulva will start to swell. The actual season is counted from the first day of bleeding, and generally lasts around 3 weeks. For the first week she won't be interested in mating, the second week is when she is fertile, and the third week she will still be interesting to male dogs but will not be fertile.
The amount of blood varies for each bitch and each season, some keep themselves scrupulously clean, some need to wear protective pants to prevent marking of carpets, bedding etc.
Her mood may change also, some bitches get more clingy, some go off their food, some act completely normal. Most need a bit more affection and reassurance at this time.
So there isn't much to prepare for, you just need to be careful about keeping her away from male dogs. I will walk mine on lead during the first and last week, but they stay at home during the fertile period.
The hormones will definitely alter her interactions with other dogs of both sexes, especially other entire ones. Some bitches can become aggressive towards other dogs, even ones they were friends with previously, so if you do have other dogs they will need monitoring closely, even if the other dog is spayed/neutered. If you have an entire male it is generally better for him to be staying elsewhere during her heat cycle. Not just to minimize the risk of an accidental mating, but because it is also extremely stressful for him.
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My girls are entire. If you only have one dog, heat cycles are really easy to manage. It is only when other dogs are involved that it gets complicated
She will have her first season somewhere between the age of 6 and 18 months. Signs of impending heat are marking, peeing more frequently and other dogs being over-interested in her urine. (After smelling it they will show the Flehmen response) Then her vulva will start to swell. The actual season is counted from the first day of bleeding, and generally lasts around 3 weeks. For the first week she won't be interested in mating, the second week is when she is fertile, and the third week she will still be interesting to male dogs but will not be fertile.
The amount of blood varies for each bitch and each season, some keep themselves scrupulously clean, some need to wear protective pants to prevent marking of carpets, bedding etc.
Her mood may change also, some bitches get more clingy, some go off their food, some act completely normal. Most need a bit more affection and reassurance at this time.
So there isn't much to prepare for, you just need to be careful about keeping her away from male dogs. I will walk mine on lead during the first and last week, but they stay at home during the fertile period.
The hormones will definitely alter her interactions with other dogs of both sexes, especially other entire ones. Some bitches can become aggressive towards other dogs, even ones they were friends with previously, so if you do have other dogs they will need monitoring closely, even if the other dog is spayed/neutered. If you have an entire male it is generally better for him to be staying elsewhere during her heat cycle. Not just to minimize the risk of an accidental mating, but because it is also extremely stressful for him.
Thanks I do have another dog a male pitbull. I will monitor her and care for her more carefully when this happens, thanks again!


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If your pitbull boy is entire, see if there is someone who can have him whilst she is in season. Even if they are in separate rooms, he will become very over stimulated by her scent. He may pant and pace constantly, the stress can cause them to shake and even vomit. Entire dogs have been known to break through doors and walls to get to an in season female, so he will need to be crated when not supervised. It is just kinder to not have them together for those three weeks.
Mouse unexpectedly came into season the day after we got her, and the effect on Harley was shocking. He couldn't eat without vomiting, or relax, he cried and shook constantly. Now when one of the girls is in heat he goes to stay with my mum, it is much easier all round.
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If your pitbull boy is entire, see if there is someone who can have him whilst she is in season. Even if they are in separate rooms, he will become very over stimulated by her scent. He may pant and pace constantly, the stress can cause them to shake and even vomit. Entire dogs have been known to break through doors and walls to get to an in season female, so he will need to be crated when not supervised. It is just kinder to not have them together for those three weeks.
Mouse unexpectedly came into season the day after we got her, and the effect on Harley was shocking. He couldn't eat without vomiting, or relax, he cried and shook constantly. Now when one of the girls is in heat he goes to stay with my mum, it is much easier all round.
I'm just curious, Stella. Are you planning on ever spaying/neutering your dogs? If not, why did you decide that? If you don't mind me asking.
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No, I don't mind you asking. I don't believe in routine neutering, for lots of reasons. I am not anti-neutering, but I think each animal should be assessed individually. There are lots of health issues seen only in neutered dogs, and I personally believe that they need their hormones. Neutering does reduce the risk of certain cancers, but it also increases the chances of others.
There is also a behavioural element, I have seen bitches become much more masculine, with aggressive tendencies after spaying, so I would always be wary of spaying a bitch that already has aggression issues. I have also lived with a dog who had incontinence issues her whole life due to being spayed at a young age.
I will have to have Harley neutered at some point before he is 4/5 because he has a retained testicle, so there is an increased risk of it turning cancerous. If both had descended normally I would be happy to leave him entire. We decided to wait until he was fully mature as a compromise.
I don't plan on spaying the girls, obviously I will reconsider if they have any health issues in the future associated with their cycles. Delilah in particular, due to her behavioral issues needs the softening influence of her female hormones.
I think most of the time we deprive dogs of their ability to produce sex hormones to make them more convenient to live with rather than for their own benefit. I did a lot of research on the subject, and decided I was happy to leave my dogs as nature intended, the benefits of surgical neutering just don't outweigh the risks for me.
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