Originally Posted by Mr & Mrs Kirkley
So you don't put diapers on them at all? I'm always worrying about anything liquid (blood, urine, etc) soaking into my carpet and the pad underneath.
Is this her first heat??
For both of my intact females, their first heat was by far the messiest, but I gave them more than enough opportunity to clean themselves, and by the second heat, I only saw a few drops here and there, which were easily cleaned with a lysol/clorox wipe.
As for carpet (I have laminate throughout with area rugs), during her heat either lay a door rug (with the rubber backing) over a portion of your rug and teach her to stay on it, or have a washable bed that she has only during this time that she has to stay on while inside.
Between that, the crate and outside time, she should be fine for the 21-28 days that a heat lasts.
I have never used a diaper and I never will, they sound like way more work than just managing the dog for a month!
Good luck and I hope everything can come together for you!