(Closed) Need advice about a dog in heat! Ugh!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It seems like you have it under control, and the diapers for the dogs are more of a nylon fabric with padding inside so it isn’t like a baby diaper… It  might work.

I don’t know much about dogs in heat, but it’s good that your vet won’t do it while she is.  Some vets around here do and it’s really hard on the animals and it’s REALLY painful for them afterwards.  I’m glad you are waiting it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Our newest puppy went into heat before we were able to get her fixed. She bled for about 7 days. We used the diapers and she didn’t even bother with them (she was 7 months at the time).

Good that you’re keeping her under lock down, but here’s something to know:

My vet told me to keep in mine the rule of 7s: she’ll be swollen, etc for 7 days, then bleed for 7 days, and then FERTILE for 7 days. She’s not fertile while she’s bleeding, but she’s fertile for 7 days after the bleed. So keep her under lockdown for an extra week after the bleed is done. Ours went into heat in sept, and we weren’t able to get her fixed until Feb because the nerve endings will still be open, etc and it would be pretty bloody. Vet said that by Feb everything should be constricted/closed up enough for the surgery.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

First, what a great gift you’ve given this poor, mistreated dog! The world needs more rescuers like you:)

Second, how big is the dog?  We had the same thing happen with our second dog (scheduled for her spay, first cycle two days before!) and we were able to get by by just having old towels/rags in her crate and keeping her off furniture during the cycle. With that said, our girl is only 8 lbs so I don’t know how “messy” a bigger dog will be.  The good news is that most dogs like to keep themselves very clean…ehhhem, down there… so hopefully she won’t be dirtying too much up.

The only other thing that surprised us was how many times she had very small accidents in the house.  Our vet later told us that she was putting out her scent to male dogs and thats why she was doig little pee’s all over the place.  So you might want to keep her somewhere without carpet/easy to clean.

Hope her cycle is nice and fast!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Hahaha her milkshake better not bring all the boys to the yard!!

What kind of dog is she? I have seen a lab with the diaper on, you put a regular pad in it and just change it every so often. She should be old enough (i’m assuming around 7 months) to understand if you reinforce “Leave it!” with her.  So i think she might try and bite it initially, but just make sure to be strict and treat her when she ignores it. 

And actually the boys dont like her when she is in heat, its the weeks after that they become attractive.  SHE is horny and will look for them or call them.  They will look for her in about a weeks time when she is ready to conceive. 

Good luck!!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

We are going to have our newly rescue dog fixed (the owners didn’t want her anymore and they moved out of the province) right now she is in heat. She licks everybody for about a good 15 minutes straight. She just licks and licks and licks. I just let her lick my arm while I browse on the computer until she’s done, then I go wash my arm off! She dances everywhere! She’s so funny. The cost in getting her fixed is around $300, only becasue she is older than 3 years, if she was younger, it would cost $160. What a difference! My SO thinks we should lie about her age, but I don’t think that’s a good idea. The vet says after the dog is 3 years old, complications can occur and she needs special care when spayed. We already paid for her shots and her first vet visit ever in her life, and first harircut is scheduled for next Saturday., that’ll cost us $50. We have 1/2 of the spayed fee already, we will probably have it all in the next two months. She is a small dog/shitzu/pom mix.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@happyface:  part of the reason of the increased cost is the weight of the dog. I don’t know what kind you have, but think of the difference is size of most large dogs at 6 months vs 3 years. the vet has to use more gas/whatever to put them to sleep, so it costs more. lieing about the age won’t make a difference, as the vet will weigh the dog regardless ๐Ÿ™‚

EDIT: now I see you have a small dog. Our cocker would have been about $220 at 6 months, she was $360 at 1 year…ugh

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

@anotherbee:  I wasn’t complaining. I just have to save more to get her done, and that takes time, and then she just keeps on getting older. I know why it has to be more expensive, but at 21/2 years old it’s $160 and 6 months later it jumps to $300? It doesn’t make sense… 6 months does not make a big difference in a dog’s weight… or does it? 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@happyface:  in something as small as yours, I wouldn’t think so. My shih tzu (who will be 2 in may) has been the same weight since she was 8 months old, a whopping 15 lbs (my vet says she’s over weight..the little porker!)

i’m sorry if I came off preachy, I didn’t mean to be. ๐Ÿ™

and just  for good measure, my babies:

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had a mini daschund growing up that went through a few heat cycles and they were pretty easy with the little diaper. My Mom actually put little pantyliners in the crotch of the diaper (the same ones we would use when wearing a tampon) so that she didn’t have to wash it as much. She was a puppy too, and she didn’t bother trying to chew it off. If you get the right size it won’t restrict her movement, so it shouldn’t bother her too much.

By The Way, your “milkshake” comment cracked me up hahaha ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

It sounds like you’re totally on top of things and everyone here has given you good advice! I just wanted to say how awesome it was to read of someone adopting a puppy who was in need, that makes me so happy to hear…So thanks!! Good luck with everything!!

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