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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-17-2016, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Intact male and female dilemma

Deja is in season and Cam is 5.5 months old. Things are well under control and I watch them like a hawk and they are never alone together. I think I can get away with little chaos this time.
I have never dealt with this kinda combination. I am not planning on breeding either one. I want to keep them intact for health reasons and have thought this over carefully. For the next heat I have several options:
1. Keep them separate but at home and deal with it.
2. Have Cam undergo a vasectomy. This will allow mating without resulting in puppies. My question of this option is if mating will increase the chances for pymetra for Deja? I was told that it can disrupt the bond they have together as she will have to tell him "NO!!!" before she stands for him and it can make him aggressive towards people and dogs. (Cam is a super mellow Rough Collie). Hard to imagine but need feedback from people who have dealt with this.
3. Board one of them. She can go to the breeder.
4. Have Deja undergo a partial spay and leave her ovaries. She will allow mating but the vet said that mating can injure the scar on the 'stump' (cervix?)
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We were able to keep Paisley and TJ in the same house her last heat. You can pm me for more details.

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I will be dealing with this on my girls next heat. For her first heat our border collie pup was only 10 weeks but for her second he will be old enough that it could be an issue. I want to have him neutered but did not want to have it done super young. I need to figure this out too. I will separate them but will always worry about an oopsy happening because of family members that may not be as diligent as I am!!!!

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I will be dealing with this on my girls next heat. For her first heat our border collie pup was only 10 weeks but for her second he will be old enough that it could be an issue. I want to have him neutered but did not want to have it done super young. I need to figure this out too. I will separate them but will always worry about an oopsy happening because of family members that may not be as diligent as I am!!!!
We don't have kids at home anymore nor anyone who can cause accidents (besides me).
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Obviously you have to do whats best for your situation.. but...

I've had an intact female with an intact male and I just crated them in separate rooms.. I had no issues with "my" male.. Yes, he was interested, but none of the eating through the walls and busting out of the crate to get to her.. But of course I'm sure there are plenty of males that totally lose themselves!!

I like the option of boarding one of them and for me it would be the male.. As I'd like to keep the female in my views at all times going through a heat cycle... That way I know that see was safe in my home..

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I've done the crate in separate rooms thing, and also sent one of the dogs to my breeders house. Since my dogs think going to my breeders house is a big vacation, that's always been my first choice. I'm a groomer, so taking a dog to work with me every day for 3 weeks was also an option. It's going to depend on how nuts your male gets. Russell was totally manageable for most of his 3 years, but this last heat of Carly's made me crazy. Growly, refusing to eat, ugh.

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