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    Default Help!!! Is Fiona in Heat?!?

    Ok, so tonight after I got home from work, I was rubbing Fiona's belly and I noticed some newly dried blood around her female area. She JUST turned 6 months old, and is scheduled to get spayed next week. Is it probable that she is in her first heat? Isnt 6 months young?I've never experienced this before, so at first I freaked out, but then after calling a few people it dawned on me that this is maybe what it was. What "should" the bleeding be like, if this was the reason? Should I be worried?

    Sorry to sound frantic!
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    Around 6 months is about average but it can be earlier or later. Sound like your little girl is growing up. Stay cool! Oh and keep her away from the boys and do not get lulled into thinking that because she is your little sweetie that she wouldn't be the hussy, so keep her in an area that even Houdini couldn't get out of.

    The amount & colour of discharge varies. It usually starts with the bright red blood and then turns to a paler, clearer discharge... a bit straw in colour. Many people think that the really fertile time is only happening when there is bright red blood, but this is not the case. You will have to keep her inside for at least 3 weeks, maybe even 4. When you start to think her season is coming to an end, each day dab her vulva with a white tissue to see if there is any discharge. Once the tissue comes away completely clean you need to keep her in for another week to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.

    Have a look at this web site... it has some useful information

    http://www.petcaretips.net/dogs_in_heat.html
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    Before you take her out, at the end of her season, bath her, as the scent will linger on her coat and attract the unwanted attention of males.
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    Better call your vets and have a chat. It sounds like she has gone into heat and you will need to very strictly manage her for the next 4 weeks -- no outdoor walks, constant supervision when in the garden, do not let any male dogs around her (even a neutered male may go for her and they could then be 'tied' for 30 minutes or more, with you physically unable to separate them). You may want to get some dog panties to keep her from marking furniture/carpets with blood. You will need to wait three months aftter this heat period as well before you can consider spaying her again. Your vets can give detailed advice and may have you come in so they can verify she is in heat. Bring her anywhere like this is a crate though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karlin
    You will need to wait three months aftter this heat period as well before you can consider spaying her again. Your vets can give detailed advice and may have you come in so they can verify she is in heat.
    I just called my Vet, and spoke with the receptionist who was answering my questions with someone else (so I didnt actually speak to my vet, or one of the other vets). They said she is "probably" in heat, but wanted to go ahead with spaying her next week anyways!!! Is that normal? Then when I mentioned hearing that it should be a longer wait before we try, the girl said "umm...this period should only last 7-10 days, so after 7-10 days we can reschedule." Any advice as to what I should do? Karlin, I think I should just wait a few months like you suggested, because the whole reason we had scheduled her this early was to AVOID her first heat, and now that it is apparently happening, what's the poing of scheduling it soon?

    Also, there wasnt any new blood this morning, so it looks like she's "spotting". The vet receptionist said this was normal (after asking someone), but she didnt even want Fiona to go in and get checked out. I'm just worried about my little girl I'm not old enough to have a teenager yet
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    If she is in season like you think, pay attention to what Karlin says. Do not have her spayed now. In fact, I would be a little concerned about any vet that would want to spay her when she is in season.
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    There are perfectly competent vets who WILL spay a dog in heat if necessary. However, it is more risky for the dog because there is more blood involved, so it is not a preferred time. Your vet may be experienced with these surgeries and the receptionist may assume that you and he will want to go ahead with this, but in your shoes I would want to postpone it.

    You may be able to reschedule the procedure for about a month from now, but talk it over with the vet to see what he/she thinks will be best for Fiona.

    This may be a controversial thing to say, but it is my impression that younger, more up-to-date vets no longer believe that it is necessary to wait three or four months, as traditionally has been the recommendation. Things evolve, just as with vaccination practices. But as always, if you trust your vet go with whatever s/he recommends.
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    We just went through this with Bianca because we got her when she was about 7 months old...she went into heat 2 days after we got her!! Don't worry, you can make it through this! We did it with a minimum of trauma. I have to admit, Bianca seemingly had a lot less trouble than Ellie and Shay's little girl with it, though. Be prepared for some stains and use a lot of washable towels, blankets, etc. to throw around. I am now marking down the days (months) before Bianca can be spayed! We didn't really have much trouble with her and other dogs since all our neighborhood dogs are spayed/neutered and I kept a good distance from them all until the owners confirmed that with me!! -Natalie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna27
    I just called my Vet, and spoke with the receptionist who was answering my questions with someone else (so I didnt actually speak to my vet, or one of the other vets).
    This is one of the things that infuriates me about some veterinary practices and is the reason I eventually left one that is otherwise good. It is the girl on the front desk giving advice when she should not be.

    the girl said "umm...this period should only last 7-10 days, so after 7-10 days we can reschedule."
    She is clearly clueless and should not be giving advice. I would demand to speak to the vet & suggest they change this dangerous & annoying practice of having the receptionist play acting at being a vet.

    Grrrrr. Sorry but this really makes my blood boil. Okay, I feel better now.
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    I didn't know that a neutered male could still tie with a female!!! Damn! I am going to be in big trouble with my three neutered boys and Zoey...Looks like I might have to sneak her into work with me!
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