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Cuba's First Season Diary

This is probably old territory, and these things have been discussed dozens of times, but I thought I might at least start a diary of Cuba's first season - there have been a few posts about laparascopic spaying on another thread, and questions about what a season is actually like. I know there are people with far more experience than mine, but maybe an actual diary might be worth keeping, in some sort of anecdotal way…it might, of course, be totally uneventful and boring, but I'll start anyway….and hope that others will contribute their experience, too.

So today is Day One of actual bleeding. She was born on March 25th 2013, and my immediate thought is that I am so very glad I didn't listen to my vet's advice and spay her before her first season. Had I done so I should, by default, have had to pre-empt a possible early-as-six-months start, and she would have been deprived of growth hormones and the chance to mature for the extra four months she's actually had before it started.

For the last couple of days she has been licking more, and there's been a definite vulval enlargement, as one would expect. Otherwise not much change - perhaps a little less of an appetite, but same energy levels, playfulness and joie de vivre. Tycho, my neutered male Coton, has today taken more of an interest in her and is sniffing around her quite a bit. She is bleeding noticeably but is doing an excellent clear-up job herself so far, so not a problem of any kind. Not yet, anyway. I'm watching her when she goes out into our walled garden; we live in the middle of Oxford, and have high walls all around a very secure garden; I'm probably just being neurotic to think that any marauding large dog could jump these walls and break in, and there are very few dogs in the neighbourhood, but I'm not going to take any chances!
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Oh, Lalla, you must be so proud! They have the cutest little panties for such occasions and I'm sure Cuba will need them at some point. I think the "season" lasts about three weeks, but I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than I will weigh in on that. I definitely woulnd't let her out unattended, high walls or not. Better be safe than sorry. Congratulations!


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This is probably old territory, and these things have been discussed dozens of times, but I thought I might at least start a diary of Cuba's first season - there have been a few posts about laparascopic spaying on another thread, and questions about what a season is actually like. I know there are people with far more experience than mine, but maybe an actual diary might be worth keeping, in some sort of anecdotal way…it might, of course, be totally uneventful and boring, but I'll start anyway….and hope that others will contribute their experience, too.

So today is Day One of actual bleeding. She was born on March 25th 2013, and my immediate thought is that I am so very glad I didn't listen to my vet's advice and spay her before her first season. Had I done so I should, by default, have had to pre-empt a possible early-as-six-months start, and she would have been deprived of growth hormones and the chance to mature for the extra four months she's actually had before it started.

For the last couple of days she has been licking more, and there's been a definite vulval enlargement, as one would expect. Otherwise not much change - perhaps a little less of an appetite, but same energy levels, playfulness and joie de vivre. Tycho, my neutered male Coton, has today taken more of an interest in her and is sniffing around her quite a bit. She is bleeding noticeably but is doing an excellent clear-up job herself so far, so not a problem of any kind. Not yet, anyway. I'm watching her when she goes out into our walled garden; we live in the middle of Oxford, and have high walls all around a very secure garden; I'm probably just being neurotic to think that any marauding large dog could jump these walls and break in, and there are very few dogs in the neighbourhood, but I'm not going to take any chances!
From what I've been told by breeders, you are COMPLETELY RIGHT to guard carefully against intruders. I've been told if there is ANY way, for ANY intact male, HE WILL FIND HIS WAY IN!

Beyond that THANK YOU for starting this thread. As far as I know, this is the first of its kind!


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... I've been told if there is ANY way, for ANY intact male, HE WILL FIND HIS WAY IN!

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Flowers
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Do you mean from marauding dogs to Cuba??!! I was thinking they'd need, as far as methods went, trampolines, wire-cutters, diggers, ladders or a pogo-stick??
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DAY TWO

There were two dogs barking outside the front of our house this morning, passing by in the road; no idea if they could tell that there was an in season bitch within - she hasn't been out that way for a while, so I don't think there can be any scent to pick up on; both Cuba and Tycho set up a reciprocal racket inside, but that has happened before and had nothing to do with Cuba's present state, so I think was coincidental. She refused all food last night, but was hungry at breakfast and wolfed down a big raw chicken wing. There's a certain amount of bleeding but not so as to cause any difficulty - she's licking a lot and doing a fine job of keeping herself clean. Tycho seems uninterested, which I guess he would be, given his neutered status. I think she must smell different to him, because he sniffles and snuffles around a bit more than usual, but otherwise they are play-fighting and hurtling about together as usual. She shows no signs when out in the garden of trying to escape. My husband, when I got home, was on sentry duty in the garden, so I've got him well-trained, much to my surprise!!
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Do you mean from marauding dogs to Cuba??!! I was thinking they'd need, as far as methods went, trampolines, wire-cutters, diggers, ladders or a pogo-stick??
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Well, John, you sound as if you did a good job! Glad you didn't need my suggestions of trampoline etc!
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From what I've been told by breeders, you are COMPLETELY RIGHT to guard carefully against intruders. I've been told if there is ANY way, for ANY intact male, HE WILL FIND HIS WAY IN!

Beyond that THANK YOU for starting this thread. As far as I know, this is the first of its kind!
Thanks for the corroboration, Karen! And if YOU think this is the first thread on the subject it probably is - your knowledge of the forum must be encyclopaedic!
I'm afraid it will get pretty repetitive, I don't think, as the days go on, there's going to be a huge amount of variation on the theme, but we'll see. I just hope I don't have to report on fending off the whole of Oxford canine male society!! So far so quiet….
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Do you mean from marauding dogs to Cuba??!! I was thinking they'd need, as far as methods went, trampolines, wire-cutters, diggers, ladders or a pogo-stick??
I wouldn't put it past them!!! Especially after seeing my neighbor's Springer Spaniels go straight up and over a 6' stockade fence!!!


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