View Full Version : lady's gone into heat advice doggie pants and the grumps?

9th May 2007, 10:23 AM
lady went into heat last night we noticed that she has been licking her self alot and is a little swollen she has been bleeding a little but it's very light. She's been off her food for a couple of days only eating one meal is that normal? And she's been a bit grumpy rather sit on the sofa and chew rawhide than do the zoomies is that normal? It goes without saying we will watch her like a hawk over the next month when we go outside in the garden. Does anyone think the doggie pants are worth getting? Or is it best to leave her as she is and let her sit on a blanket on the sofa. Thanks

9th May 2007, 10:35 AM
There are a lot of posts on just this topic and these issues in the Health section recently so you might want to have alook for lengthier discussion. Basically and briefly, yes, it is normal for her to be grumpy as she is flooded with strong hormones right now; yes, they do go off their food, and if she is bleeding you may want to get the panties or she will likely drip blood on carpets and furniture.

Also: as always, it is strongly advised to get her spayed before the next heat. She now has a 7% risk of mammary cancer over her lifetime as she has gone thru a first heat; if she goes through a second heat, this will jump to 25%, which is an extremely high risk. Most people would feel this alone -- plus the lifetime high risk for unpsayed females of getting the often fatal condition, pyometra (which females can get as their heat finishes), strongly argues in favour of a spay. :thmbsup:

9th May 2007, 06:36 PM
thanks i will have a look at those posts and yes she's definetly getting spayed need to wait for 3 months them she will have op.

10th May 2007, 02:42 AM
Hi Natalie.....I had the pants for Lily. I bought 2, so I would have a clean pair when the other was soiled. I bought light days mini pads at the drug store. They are cheaper than what they sell at the pet store and you get 3x as many. The panties were a must have for me. Lily had a very heavy heat for the second week, and my furniture and rugs would have been a mess had I not had the panties. I went through a whole box of the pads too. I did take them off of her when she was sleeping in her crate at night. Thank goodness she is now spayed. I had to wait for medical reasons per her Vet. We are both happier now that she is spayed ;) .

10th May 2007, 09:42 AM
Shay: i think that i will get some pants just incase her flow gets heavier and i will use human pads instead of the dog ones.

10th May 2007, 12:05 PM
I had special doggy panties for my girls when they were in season. They were designed to slip a panty liner in, or if the flow was heavy then a more regular sanitary napkin. They tolerated them quite well, and it mean that they could still sleep on the lounge & lay about on the carpet.

Just remember to take them off before she goes outside. My husband was always a very slow learner about this, always opening up the door before removing the panties. :eek: Guess who got to deal with the soggy mess!

10th May 2007, 01:56 PM
I am not a great fan of doggie pants i think is discourages them from washing and thats normal for a girl in heat .....i put throws on the chairs at this time and keep a mop in the corner of the room but then i don't have carpets but if i did i still wouldn't be tempted to use pants as she won't learn to clean herself

even if she is getting spayed she should still learn to wash her season