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Best way to handle dog in heat?

Nina was in heat in January. It was no big deal as we were home. I used a washable diaper but after a short while did not bother as she kept herself clean and there was not much of it. We plan to go on vacation in June and I figured there might be a good chance she goes into heat again. We'll be in a motor home and I am concerned about unleashed dogs trying to get to her when we take her out. What do most people do when their dog is in heat? I do not want to breed her but I have just not felt comfortable to get her "fixed".
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I can't advise you on handling her heat other than that everyone I know just keeps their breeding females AWAY from entire males when in heat. That said, you should REALLY consider spaying her for her own health if you don't intend to breed her. Bad things can happen to unspayed girls. (Pyo being one of the most common, which often requires an emergency spay, with a dog who is ill). Maybe consider an ovarectomy, which is less invasive, and gives the dog the same protection as a full spay.


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Whwn Zoey had her first heat I didn't even know at first. I was in a dog show and my friend noticed. I walked her around the whole day. Their were hundreds of male dogs around and not one of them bothered her. Just make sure she is on a leash.
Karen what is PYO? I have a friend who waited to long and I think that is what happened to her female. Hers did have a litter and was 13 when she developed problems.

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Our girl has been through 2 heat cycles. We have her spay scheduled for next month, as I finally convinced my husband we would not be able to put in the time or $ to properly show, test and bred her.

Both times when she has went through her heat, we had been planning on boarding her and had to make last minute adjustments to our plans. The first time I stayed home with her, the second my parents watched her for us.

While male dogs (even the ones who were fixed) paid more attention to her than normal, I was able to keep her away from any intact male. My parents have more intact males in their neighborhood than I do and they did notice an increase in the ones who hung out around their yard (they even had a male dog dig under their fence). But they were able to only let her out when none were around and were always outside with the dogs. So as long as you don't leave her outside unattended, I don't think you will have too many problems even if she does happen to be in heat during your planned trip.


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It is encouraging to know she will not be jumpred on the moment I step out to take her piddle. Yes, she is always on the lease as she is 8 lb and I am worried about the wild life eating her even on our property. Karen thank you for the idea of an ovarectomy.
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Whwn Zoey had her first heat I didn't even know at first. I was in a dog show and my friend noticed. I walked her around the whole day. Their were hundreds of male dogs around and not one of them bothered her. Just make sure she is on a leash.
Karen what is PYO? I have a friend who waited to long and I think that is what happened to her female. Hers did have a litter and was 13 when she developed problems.
Pyometra is a BAD infection of the uterus.


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Our Nellie has had 4 heat cycles,and touch wood we haven't had any problems.Nellie keeps herself very clean,and we go on our walks as usual,we have never had any unwanted attention from other dogs.The only problem is she wears poor old Dizzie out,and his chest fur gets all matted from constant humping!All to no avail as he has been done,and he is very half hearted about it,much to her annoyance!

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It is encouraging to know she will not be jumpred on the moment I step out to take her piddle. Yes, she is always on the lease as she is 8 lb and I am worried about the wild life eating her even on our property. Karen thank you for the idea of an ovarectomy.
I wouldn't count on it not happening. If there is an experienced male within scent range, it can happen faster than you can react. If Posh happened to be anywhere nearby, and no one noticed, you would be having puppies in 63 days.
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I wouldn't be so non challant about it - almost any dog can run faster than the average person and once two dogs are coupled you can't just pull them apart as they will both get injured. If you don't want her bred it's a black or white thing - as long as she is not spayed you risk an unplanned litter, and the father likely won't be a cute, titled Havanese.
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I wouldn't count on it not happening. If there is an experienced male within scent range, it can happen faster than you can react. If Posh happened to be anywhere nearby, and no one noticed, you would be having puppies in 63 days.
If Posh was out and about and came upon Zoey I would be happy.

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