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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-03-2007, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Our first time in heat

Lilly is in heat. Is it normal to be rather moepy. She could just be pouting since she had to spend last week at my dads. We were in D.C. and Martinsburg WV for a vacation and to visit family. I come home and find this. Dad either hadn't noticed or "forgot" to tell me. He may have been embaressed since I had the kids with me when I picked her up but they are DD 15 and DS 13. My son won't have hadly anything to do with her and my daughter informed me I have potty duty until she is finished. Now that can be what 2-3 weeks? UGH It is bad enough when I have to deal with it much less her. Wish I had had her fixed earlier I just keep putting it off.

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Aww Well, look at the positive side, some studies show that you decrease the risk of arthritis and bone diseases,etc, if you wait until after the first heat. You can go buy some diapers/pads if she's making a mess. I'd let her take extra naps and feed some extra food for iron, you know how ravenous that time of month can make us women. lol

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Yes, it is very normal to be mopey. A lot of times they just don't feel good. All my girls want to be a little closer to me when they get their first heat cycle. The bleeding doesn't last three weeks, thankfully. Each bitch is different, but you probably only have 7-10 days of any color.
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Yes, it is very normal to be mopey. A lot of times they just don't feel good. All my girls want to be a little closer to me when they get their first heat cycle. The bleeding doesn't last three weeks, thankfully. Each bitch is different, but you probably only have 7-10 days of any color.
Thank goodness. I have already purchased a garment went early this am last night she spotted on my bed sheets . Just as a reminder how often do they have a cycle? I am thinking about every 6 mths is that right?

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Your guess is as good as mine! Two of my girls are pretty regular at every six months, and one is pure guesswork.

With the panties, pay extra attention to grooming the hair where it rubs because she will tend to mat more in those spots.

If you let her out in your yard without you, be forewarned that neighboring dogs will smell her for quite a long distance and you may be surprised by some visitors the next week or two.
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I watch her out in the yard. She is rarely alone but especially right now. I do not want puppies from just any old dog. I am debateing keeping the panties on her tonight she has her own bed and didn't get anything on it last night just a drop on mine. I will watch for matts dillagently. It is funny I rarely see strange dogs around here but at 4AM this morning Lilly woke us up to tell us there was one in the yard. I will be very careful for the next 2 weeks. Thanks

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O.K I am going to guess it is normal for the girl part to be rather LARGE. I mean this is such a learning experience for me.

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O.K I am going to guess it is normal for the girl part to be rather LARGE.
Do you mean her vulva? Yes, she will probably get quite swollen. Not all bitches swell much, but some of them get really huge. And we're the lucky ones with coated breeds. It's much more obvious on the breeds that have short hair.
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Smarty just finished her first season. The vulva does swell and the tits swell a little. Like Kimberly said brush often the areas of the diapers or panties. i didn't notice for 2 days and the hair in those areas was a mess. Smarty did not want to play and was not herself at all. She is back to her old self now.

If dogs have access to your yard they will wait for her to come out, so be careful.

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Thanks ladies. She isn't laying around as much today but is whiny. I brush her out every nite. I haven't seen any dogs yet with the except of the one in the middle of the nite that first day. It hasn't been back so thank the Lord.

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