Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Another Heat Thread!
Milou is 6.5 months now and I am on the look out everywhere for the slightest sign of heat. Thus far I've seen nothing, no swollen vulva, no presenting her behind, no change in behavior etc. etc. We are still on the fence about spaying before/after her first heat but I know we want to give her as long as possible before we mess with her hormones and permanently alter her growth.
If she did go into her first heat, I am fairly confident that we would be able to handle it. Someone is almost always home, she is crate trained, we have a 6ft fully fenced in yard, and she is NEVER out unsupervised. To my knowledge, there are no stray dogs in our area. Were she to go into heat, her potty breaks in the fenced in backyard would be leashed and we would not be walking her. We'd have to stop going to her obedience class since there are several intact males and it would be unfair to everyone.
That said, our almost year old neutered Sheltie Tintin has been trying to mount her several times today. It's not new behavior and she sometimes turns around and mounts him back, usually his head instead of his rear since she doesn't quite seem to get the concept. I have been taking this behavior as a sign of dominance instead of a coming heat. We were in puppy class today working directly next to several intact males and none of them showed even the slightest interest in her besides the "oh look there's another dog".
We probably sound a bit paranoid but we do NOT want puppies. Not only do we know nothing about our girl's genetic background, there are way too many puppies in the world already and we would NEVER risk her health having a litter. One of my friends is currently in veterinary school and upon checking out Milou's goods admitted that while the official line is spay and neuter early to prevent unwanted litters, Milou's vulva looked too immature for her to recommend spaying just yet. Our vet cites the reduction in breast cancer risk as a reason to spay before first heat. My other friends breeder (Czech working line GSDs) who makes our raw food, says she wouldn't spay before first heat and that a raw diet reduces her risk of cancers overall.
What do you think? Is Tintin's mounting a dominance thing? Any signs to look for in Milou? More thoughts on for or against spaying before first heat vs after?
Pippin, Shetland Sheepdog (1997 - 2011) - RIP sweet boy
Haji Baba, Tabby Cat (1996 - 2012) - RIP my heart
Button, Black Long Coat Cat (~June 5th, 2006)
Milou Van Der Maas, Long Coat GSD (March 23, 2011)
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