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Experience with 'silent heat' in your female?

Rory is intact and closing in on 22 months; and am I right thinking she should have had about 3 heat cycles by now?

I think she has had 1 that I could detect. No blood that I could see but there was quite a bit of self-cleaning going on for a while.

I read that smaller dog breeds can have one or two silent heats before regular symptoms appear. Has anyone experienced this?

I am not going to breed her but elected to keep her intact after watching Dr. Becker's video and doing other research.

I'd be fine if she never showed symptoms of estrus except to the extent that underlying medical conditions might be present.
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Mine is now almost 10 months and I am wondering if she is in heat. I thought I detected a single tiny spot of bloody discharge but nothing really obvious. (I had 2 large breed female dogs and went through several heat cycles with each which were unmistakable.) She does seem to be quieter than usual. Is it possible that she could be in heat and I am missing the signs?
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My understanding is that a swollen vulva is more telling than blood. Havanese are often VERY good at keeping themselves clean enough that you never see any.

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When Mae went through her first, and only heat, I only noticed because I was combing her out on a white towel. I believe she was just shy of her first birthday, perhaps 10-11 months. One difference I saw with Mae was MAJOR licking to clean things up, she never needed panties. Upon further inspection I also noticed a swollen vulva it's kind of hard to miss.

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O.K. Zoe is definitely in heat!!! Poor thing, she recently also tested positive for tick disease so she is on an antibiotic for 3o days along with it. But she's still cheerful and hanging in there. She may have another health issue but I am waiting for the test results and hoping for good news.
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