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post #1 of 14
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Around what age do dogs go through their first heat and how do you know?
(sorry for the dumb question).
post #2 of 14
A female can come into heat generally anywhere from 4-6 months of age.

She should be spayed ideally before her first heat.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
A female can come into heat generally anywhere from 4-6 months of age.

She should be spayed ideally before her first heat.

My dog is 8 or 9 months old and I don't think she's gone into heat yet, but is there any signs or things tht happen when they are in heat that would give me a clue????

I am hoping that my parents are going to lend me the money to get her fixed asap. I was supposed to have a job back in may but so far I haven't been able to get anything otherwise she would have been fixed already.
post #4 of 14
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/breedingheat.htm

There's a site with pics and other telltale signs.

Some dogs don't go into heat until later but I think that for some dogs, it isn't as noticeable...So, take precautions...and keep her inside!!
post #5 of 14
with most dogs you cant tell like cats. dogs dont yell loud and try to make love to everything they come into contact with. they do have physical signs though. their vulva gets swollen and some blood may leak out of her vulva. (gross i know)
post #6 of 14
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I think perhaps Gracie is getting ready to have her first heat because her back end looks bigger than before but there is no discharge.

She is normally chained in the backyard with a large fence, but just last wednesday my rude neighbors purposefully let her out of the backyard and now I don't know what's going on. She got picked up by the pound and I got a 300 dollar ticket, which I have to do community service for because I don't have that kind of money other wise Gracie would be altered already.

I am currently trying to find her a new home on a farm because she is high strung and in danger where we are now (in another thread in the cat lounge) but if she got pregnant that whole idea is gone down the tubes.

I read that when they are done their heat cycles, some females will act as though they are pregnant and even produce milk. I think I'm going to go crazy!

post #7 of 14
we had to give away my favorite dog Micky for the same reason. we havent gotten Val fixed yet either. (i know its irrisponsible but we just DONT have the $$$) yeah a few times i was SURE she was pregnant and she wasnt. Just make sure that no male dogs can access her and she cant access them and you should be fine. i'm sorry about your situation. i know it is hard to give up a dog. Mickey has been gone for over 4 months and i still cry when i think about him. good luck.
post #8 of 14
Man, that stinks! I have also heard that they come into heat about 6 mos. I am quite sure Amy just got done being in heat. I noticed her cleaning herself constantly and also her "area" looked rather swollen. BTW-what kind of dog is Gracie? Good luck on getting her spayed.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by catloverin_ks
Man, that stinks! I have also heard that they come into heat about 6 mos. I am quite sure Amy just got done being in heat. I noticed her cleaning herself constantly and also her "area" looked rather swollen. BTW-what kind of dog is Gracie? Good luck on getting her spayed.

Gracie is a Sharpei cross (with what I believe to be German Shepard). I took in her in when no one else would because she's a mutt and high strung and my son even calls her little sister. It's going to be heart breaking to find her a new home (I'm hoping that something good will happen and we'll be able to keep her).

She is very closely watched, especially now. She has no unsupervised outside time at all and is kept inside most of the time, which makes her high strungness worse but I have to do it to keep her safe from those sick people upstairs.
post #10 of 14
It depends on the dog. Small dogs sexually mature faster than bigger dogs, so they'll go into heat earlier.
post #11 of 14
How much exercise does she get per day? The oft adage of a "Tired dog is a good dog" is very true.

I would really think twice about keeping her chained in the backyard anyway. Its a bad idea, especially if she is not spayed and potentially going into heat. Males will come from all around and a fence wouldn't stop them.
Keep her inside.

Also, there are many dangers with leaving a dog outside..such as you encountered..There are crazy neighbours, teasing kids, other animals, etc..

Good Luck getting her fixed soon.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
How much exercise does she get per day? The oft adage of a "Tired dog is a good dog" is very true.

I would really think twice about keeping her chained in the backyard anyway. Its a bad idea, especially if she is not spayed and potentially going into heat. Males will come from all around and a fence wouldn't stop them.
Keep her inside.

Also, there are many dangers with leaving a dog outside..such as you encountered..There are crazy neighbours, teasing kids, other animals, etc..

Good Luck getting her fixed soon.

Yea I agree about chainning her...like I said, she has no unsupervised time outside.

Thanks for that. I'm really hoping my mom will do this favor for me. She thinks I should just get "rid" of her and then I'd have no more problems. she does not like animals whatsoever and is always on my case about me treating my animals better than my son, which is not true at all!
post #13 of 14
You could get her a diaper until you can afford to have her spayed.

Heat cycles are very annoying, be prepared for her to get stinky! Luckily dogs only come into heat once to a couple times a year... so after this cycle you should be home free for a while. Thanks for being responsible and keeping close tabs on her!
post #14 of 14
Usually around 6 months to a year - depending on breed. Larger breeds usually are later. You can tell cause they will wet more and there will be blood drops. Dogs are closer to people with the bleeding.

And you'll have extra males dogs hanging around your property. If your female is in heat, you have to have her on leash at all time for potty - otherwise a male will get her if she's loose.
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