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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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"Heat"..Speaking of...

I need advice from the experts.

When I was brushing Gucci earlier, I noticed a small amount of blood around her vulva. Well, this is one of "many" signs. The kids have been saying she's acting "different", she's been sleeping alot the last few days and eating alot more. So...I think it is beginning!

I rushed out to the petstore and bought disposable diapers and a diaper thing that you can put pads into.

She is going beserk trying to get the diaper off!! LOL Help! Does she really need to wear one all the time? Is the blood excessive? She's been licking herself alot more and I don't see any spots on the floor, so is there a chance she can keep herself clean?

I'm relieved, actually. I can easily keep her contained and go ahead and schedule the spay for sometime in late September. We won't be going to the Havanese Playdate in a few weeks! We are out of town that weekend anyways.

How long does "heat" last?

I think she hates me over the diaper!

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Ohhh Kara, our little forum princess is a woman!! come on... did you shed a tear? First she graduates and then she becomes a woman... sweet little Gucci.

I know my sister in law has a 5 year old Hav that she says has never been in heat. Now she is incredibly busy- so unless there was a lot of blood she would never notice.. I think the only ones who notice are the male dogs. But I bet some of the breeder can give you a better answer




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I cant help you with that one Kara, sorry!! But good luck. I will keep Jax away from Gucci. I think he likes blondes!!

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Every bitch is a little different. You may be able to get away with no diaper at all, depending on how clean she keeps herself, or you may see a few spots of blood on the floor and furniture where she sits. My girls are all ultra neat about their hygiene, and sometimes I can't even tell they are coming into season.

As for how long it lasts, it is usually about three weeks long, with the blood being visible about a week to 14 days. It fades out to a pink or straw color towards the end, but she will still have a discharge for a while after that, which you may not see, but any dog within a block can smell.

Just so you know, dogs get very agile during this time. With the way you checked the fence after you got Gucci, it probably isn't a problem, but don't be surprised if you find a strange dog in your yard desperately trying to get to her. You may want to caution the kids to be especially wary of not letting her outside without you.
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I don't know if I should congratulate or cry for you. How old is Gucci? We have noticed Smarty being quieter this week and I was hoping she was too young,to come in, 6.2 months. She also is paying alot of attention to her vulva area, but I havn't noticed any swelling.

Would this be the stop growing sign in havs? I would be happy with that.

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Thank you so much for the advice and information That will settle my husband's mind a bit.

Sandi, I made the decision (with the blessings of my breeder and vet) to wait til' she was more fully "developed" to spay, so its not an accident. I'm not crazy about the idea of heat/diapers/chasing boys away! lol, but I'll suffer through it for a few weeks, in hopes that her bones gain some benefit from the hormones. Ironic, that I had just started her on homemade diet 2 weeks ago! She's about 7.5 months. First, I noticed her licking her vulva alot more, and she's more whiny, eating twice as much as usual (like I do! LOL) and then I saw a little blood and swelling yesterday afternoon when I was brushing her.

I took the diaper off and I'm just going to wait and see how well she keeps herself clean. She's very clingy, and right at my side on the couch.

What's funny, is that I am about to start too! My husband was just like "OH NO!!!!" lol Because I always start around the full moon too. Crazy.

Missy, You are funny!!! I think the Princess is more of a teen than a woman, but nonetheless.......a princess! I am still the Queen! hehe.

I made her a special PMS breakfast of boiled eggs, cottage cheese, and fresh ripe peaches and flaxseed oil... and she devoured it and looked up to me like "MORE!" Funny! It was darn GOOD, I will have to make some for myself next time! lol

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Thank you so much for the advice and information That will settle my husband's mind a bit.

Sandi, I made the decision (with the blessings of my breeder and vet) to wait til' she was more fully "developed" to spay, so its not an accident. I'm not crazy about the idea of heat/diapers/chasing boys away! lol, but I'll suffer through it for a few weeks, in hopes that her bones gain some benefit from the hormones. Ironic, that I had just started her on homemade diet 2 weeks ago! She's about 7.5 months. First, I noticed her licking her vulva alot more, and she's more whiny, eating twice as much as usual (like I do! LOL) and then I saw a little blood and swelling yesterday afternoon when I was brushing her.

I took the diaper off and I'm just going to wait and see how well she keeps herself clean. She's very clingy, and right at my side on the couch.

What's funny, is that I am about to start too! My husband was just like "OH NO!!!!" lol Because I always start around the full moon too. Crazy.

Missy, You are funny!!! I think the Princess is more of a teen than a woman, but nonetheless.......a princess! I am still the Queen! hehe.

I made her a special PMS breakfast of boiled eggs, cottage cheese, and fresh ripe peaches and flaxseed oil... and she devoured it and looked up to me like "MORE!" Funny! It was darn GOOD, I will have to make some for myself next time! lol

Kara
I'm one that likes to wait for a sputer so that made me happy to see. With smaller breeds the flow isn't as much as with the larger ones. You may be able to get by without a diaper. Now is time to thank your lucky stars that she isn't a great dane
LOL watch out, she may take your crown since she'll think she's a woman now. Oh my, 2 of you PMS at once Tell your hubby to take a little vacation

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Kara and Missy, you are both so funny! I am loving this thread.

I think I need some o' that PMS breakfast too...

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Hahahah.. funny stuff..
I'll be at the cottage this wknd.. hopefully you and the Guch will be over your PMS soon!
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With Goldie she didnt need a diaper too much. But when it gets a little heavier, she might leave a spot here and there. I used diapers from the store and cut a hole out for her tail.

Good luck! They act so different the first time. Hopefully it will be a quick 3 weeks.
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