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First heat advice --- been awhile

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by ETRaven2, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    Brooklyn is approaching 5 mos (can you believe it???), so first heat cycle is not far off. It has been about 5 years since I've had a bitch in heat and that as a foster that came to me mid-cycle and was spayed and adopted out immediately after.
    This girl bled badly and I used little boy's underwear and big ole maxi pads to keep things from getting too messy. She left everything alone. She was a really sweet girl.
    I intend to keep B intact until about age 3, when I plan to have her traditionally spayed, so we are in for quite a few heat cycles between then and now.
    What do you members use with your intact bitches?
    Any advice or reminders would be welcomed.
    I'll be watching her vulva for inflammation and be taking her out on lead until she cycles through.
  2. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    meant to say swelling, not inflammation...that makes it sound like an infection.
  3. AGK

    AGK Scratch Kingz Staff Member Super Moderator

    I use a crate where she'll spend most of her 3 weeks. That's for my inside bitch. The outsiders I don't do anything for it. Occasionally if I start to feel bad for her I'll put a thong on her with a panty liner. Tie the strings of the thong over the top of her hips. Stays pretty good as long as she leaves it alone. I got a couple basement overhead chain set ups I can use as well.
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  4. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    A thong is a really good idea. The little boy underwear tend to slide down off their rump. A thong could easily be tied on.
    I'm teaching her "spot" right now. Like "go to your spot" and eat that bone. So I can keep her in her spot if she's bleeding badly. Although, I don't expect a heavy flow the first heat, is that accurate?
    How big is your crate? A great dane sized crate is another good idea to keep the carpets clean. Right now she's in a puppy proof crate...only enough room to turn around and lie down, bc of house training, but she's been reliable when we are home. I use the crate when we are not home as I don't trust her 100% yet. I bet she'd not mess a dane size crate though.
  5. AGK

    AGK Scratch Kingz Staff Member Super Moderator

    The flow really just depends on the individual. Some bleed heavier than others. My crates are 42"x26"x30".

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  6. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    Yep, that's the size I was thinking of. I may see if I can find a decent used one on CL or something. Mine I have her in now, is not nearly that big.

    Is that ol Charlie in there? Chillin like a villian?
  7. AGK

    AGK Scratch Kingz Staff Member Super Moderator

    Yea, that's charlie. I have 3 if those crates, 2 airline style crates that I feel are junk when used for an APBT with any kind of determination in them. I also have 1 regular wire crate I use for pups.
    I picked up my foster and smith crates at walmart.com believe it or not. Only paid like 180 each for them. Considering I have spent 105 each on plastic crate after plastic crate. Gone through about 10 of them over the last 5 years. The door latch usually breaks the first week or 2 on them. I figured I'll spend a little more and in turn they will last a lot longer. These are definitely built to last. They look better 2. I have 2 of them in my dining room. I'm very OCD and if they weren't appeasing to the eye, they would be in the basement with the rest of my crates lol.
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  8. Worg

    Worg Big Dog

    Last cycle I used standard dog diapers, I had to duct tape the tail hole and cut a new smaller one higher up. I used period pads and replaced them so I could make the diapers last, those things are spendy! Next go around I will get some washable/reusable dog diapers like this .
    May or may not use period pads on those, we'll see.
    Even if the mess weren't an issue, I hate the licking.... licking licking licking licking licking licking licking licking.... I'd go mad, so diapers stop the licking.
    My brother locks his dog in the kitchen/garage because there's no way she would keep a diaper on, but you have to tip toe through the kitchen. His dog is a HEAVY bleeder compared to mine as well, sometimes there's splashes of blood on the ground whereas my dog has like 5 drops of blood an hour.
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  9. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    I forgot about the licking! I think I'm going to look into a crate like AGK has. Worth the investment if I'm going to have to deal with heat cycles the next few years.
    Disposable dog diapers are so pricey. And I found they still slide down. Let me know what you think of the reusable ones.
  10. LeighAnn

    LeighAnn Little Dog Premium Member

    I had my Frenchie spayed after her first heat at around 6-7 months.. It was the longest month waiting for her to complete her first heat. and then with Millie, I don't know how many heat cycles she went through before she came to me.. but she came to heat after I had been fostering her for 3 months and it lasted well into 4 weeks + before I noticed everything return to normal.

    I don't remember Lola's nipples swelling but Millie's became huge to where my mom asked if she was pregnant and producing milk.. Do you know if this was due to her first heat or if it occurs in some dogs with each heat cycle?

    Millie's nipples have returned to their normal size now and she is spayed.. I remember keeping all my furniture covered with old blankets and kept my bed room door closed as it is carpeted, the rest of the flooring is hard wood, so it was easy to keep clean. I didn't invest in any diapers and such as I honestly thought I could manage it for this one time as I knew she would be spayed.. but now looking back, I remember purchasing those puppy diapers for Lola and I think that was a whole lot easier to do than follow Millie around, wiping up after her, covering furniture and following her every move.
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  11. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    They sell little dog panties, we have used them for years, they have a little hole for the tail and they come from underneath the belly and either velcro or strap right before the hip points. They work really well. You can line them with anything..

    NOTE: A determined male can get through/by these, Broly tied up with Trin earlier this year and it happened within a matter of a few seconds, luckily it didn't take but just don't use one thinking it will keep a male from getting in there.

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  12. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    I have to chuckle about Broly being determined to get to Trin. Tenacious little horn dog.
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  13. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    Yeah, i walked into the kitchen to make a plate and before i could even get a plate out of the cabinet all hell broke loose, i thought they got into it but no, it was Trin making sounds i never heard her make before, she was screaming like a banshee, walked in there and sure enough, they was tied up. I am getting her spayed here soon.
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  14. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    Sounds like you should be proud of Broly. x'Dx'D
    Omg so wrong, I know.
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  15. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I don't know how you guys do it. I could not handle this at all. YUCK!
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  16. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    It's pretty easy Nat lol
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  17. Worg

    Worg Big Dog

    I'd say the hardest part is confinement. High energy dogs get pretty pent up after a few days. I don't have a yard so we go to empty parks to fetch for exercise, can't do that when she is in heat. I mean, I could, but I don't want to risk an encounter with an intact male and don't want to stress any neighboring dogs out if they smell her, so I choose not to. I do still take her to my brothers house, they have a neutered male and an intact female, the two females get pretty rowdy with each other, usually the one in heat will hump the other relentlessly but they seem pretty tolerant of it. Mine gets frustrated with the neutered male as he has absolutely no interest in her, so she will repeatedly and forcefully shove her rear end in his face.
    I've never seen two intact females get along as well as mine and my brothers, even while in heat, but they are never ever left unsupervised.
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  18. Leslie H

    Leslie H Good Dog

    Pull-Ups for toddlers can work well. Buy them by weight.
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