Originally Posted by calico2222
We have a chocolate lab who is almost 8 months. She want to get her fixed before her first heat, but not sure when that is. Is it safe to have them fixed in the middle of being in heat? Main reason I'm asking is, we also have a pug who is in heat right now...and we have 2 big stray dogs outside just waiting for her. I can keep Buttercup (the pug) from running away on a leash, but Snickers (choco lab) would be another story. She is good on a leash...but, I don't know how she would be if she was in heat. We can only afford to get them fixed one at a time. So, do we have time to save up for Snicker's spaying and get Buttercup done right away, or is Snickers coming due first?
Thanks for any help. I'm a dog newbie!
Many times a female in heat will cause other females to go in heat that live with them.
Your Lab is at the right age to have her first heat. I suggest getting her spayed A.S.A.P, before she goes into heat and about three weeks of her cycle. Start calling vets and see what you can do. There are also low cost clinics as I see someone else provided. You can even research them online. They can also help you with your Pug.
You say you can keep your dogs from "running away" on leash? What does this mean? Do not take them on walks during this time if that is what you meant.
Do you have backyard? Is it secure, or is that where the male dogs are waiting? I agree, always take them out on leash if they try to escape or other dogs can easily access your yard. Always supervise during this time.
Is this your Pug's first heat? If so, how many days has she been in heat? After about 10 days bitches go into "standing heat", which means you have to extra careful b/c they are more likely to tolerate and even welcome male advances.
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