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Question DetailsAsked on 10/24/2013

what to do if your dog is in heat

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To be honest, my first response is to get your dog spayed. There are so many millions of homeless animals that die every year because of the lack of homes and irresponsible breeding (not to say your intention is to breed her) that risking an accidental litter isn't worth it.

There are health risks, too, for leaving your pet intact, including an increased risk of some cancers.

Now, to answer the immediate concern, which I assume is managing your girl during the heat cycle right now.

There are "sanitary" garments you can purchase at the pet store for female, intact dogs. Look in the aisle with incontinent product, puppy pads, those sorts of items, or ask a store associate.

It's also VERY important that you do not let your girl outside unsupervised. A female dog "in season" can attract stray males from as much as 3 miles away and, in their aroused state, can increase the risk of aggressive behaviors. Walk her on leash long enough to take care of "business", then get her back in the house with no access to dog doors, open doorways or free run in the yard. Even a privacy fence is no guarantee to keep out a determined suitor.

Also, look for signs of behavior issues with your girl. She may become restless, anxious, determined to find herself a date or even become disobedient, as her primary goal is to find a little action. ;)

Answered 5 years ago by ThePetCompany




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