Cuba and Tycho
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: I live in Oxford in the UK
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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!