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Old 02-10-2016, 02:12 PM
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Is my dog in heat? Showing mixed symptoms...

Hi everyone!

My puppy has just turned 6 months old. I believe she is going into heat, although her symptoms don't match with what I read online. I'd really appreciate some help in deciding where she's at. Here's what's going on:

5 or 6 days ago she has started peeing a lot during our walks, little bit here and there. I have even noticed two little accidents in the house (she is fully house trained, and these pees are so little). I think she has also gained a bit more interest in smelling other dog's pee.

When playing with my fixed male dog, she shows her rump and even pushes it in his face or leg! If I scratch the base of her tail she swings her tail to the side.

However!!

There is no discharge.
Intact males at the dog park sniff her and walk away!(She is on a leash, and since no one is interested in her I still let her meet dogs).

I am having a hard time deciding where she is in her heat, as this is my first intact dog. It seems her symptoms are not in line with what websites say!

I'd really appreciate some help!!

P.S. I plan on having her spayed when she is older and done growing.

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Old 02-10-2016, 10:49 PM
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She maybe starting to come into heat if she is showing her rear end to your male dog. The frequent urination usually isn't a sign of being on heat and 6 months is a little early, although some dogs can start early. Dogs in heat will also get their period so there will be some spotting of blood.
I guess for now keep an eye on her, if you are concerned about the frequent urination (if you can) get a sample or urine and take it to your vet for testing.
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:19 PM
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Small dogs do sometimes come in heat at six months. She could just be starting and as it is her first season, may take a while before she is fully in. Just keep an eye on her and watch for blood spots. Some intact males won't show an interest in a female till they are a ways through their season and getting close to standing to be bred. Watch your male with her as even though he is neutered he can still breed her and tie which could be dangerous for both of them as they do sometimes panic and both could be hurt.
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really stay close and keep them apart when she in heat fully put the male in day care if need be. A member on here has 2 english bull mastiffs one a female 10 month old and another a male called hank same breed well roxy the female went into full heat and the said member came home to find shattered glass etc everywhere by hank trying to get to roxy and he succesfully got her pregnant even though tried really hard to keep them apart. not that im trying to scare you or anything.
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If you think your girl is coming into heat I would not take her to the dog park, you could start a dog fight. Peeing small amounts could be marking, both males and females do it. Or she could have a UTI. When in heat some dogs bleed very little, so it's not always easy to spot. Many dogs clean themselves a lot down there when they start bleeding.
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She's the right age for a small dog to first go into heat.

Like was mentioned: Stop bringing her to the park. She's going to suddenly encourage the behaviour when she's ready, and it'll come to you as a surprise when she ties and has a litter at 6 months of age. I'd be extra careful and REALLY make sure she's well and done before letting her interact with dogs again. This includes dogs on walks-it can be really fast for them to tie, and once they do you can't pull the male off. If you look up some breeding info...it can be VERY painful for the female if you try to pull him off, and in her state of heat she WANTS to be tied with. <Insert "Just because you can doesn't mean you should" talk to any 12 years old child here> I know you don't need THAT talk but if you apply it to this context it really blooms. XD

She'll also be telling the interested males off for the first bit (maybe they get as sore as we do!) but it does change very fast. You may not notice the tie until its too plate if you aren't careful to prevent issues, and at her age a litter wouldn't be in her best health interests either. I'm all for spaying late, but separation and management are your best friends for the next while.

Second thing: If your male dog is not neutered, now is the time to consistently separate them. It's not worth the risk. It's the same thing.

She may not have too much discharge-the first few heats are usually lighter than the rest. The discharge also only comes around the end of the heat, so you wouldn't get it during this stage either. Grab a diaper thing for when it happens to keep your house from getting pretty gross. You should be able to google dog in heat diaper and get the idea. The first heats also tend to be shorter-it likely won't go a full month as it does in some adult dogs. Some encouragement to get through dealing with the rotation of your dogs as it will likely get frustrating if you haven't been particular about keeping them apart.

The peeing could be a totally separate issue from being in heat, or a minor side effect of having a swollen uterus for a small dog-I'm not sure. If it's manageable and you can just take her out more frequently I would do that. You can always call your vet if you're unsure and ask questions, this isn't really the type of thing you need to go in for but they typically are very generous answering generic questions like this on the phone.

TL;dr Start doing research now, this sounds like a dog going into their first heat. If you're still unsure, call a vet and ask some questions. You likely don't need to go in but they should be willing to educate.
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Thank you so much for taking your time to answer! I am keeping a close eye on her, watching for the next signs. I hope it becomes clear soon, I've been waiting for this heat since I came to own her!
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My experience will be different than your, partly because you have a small dog and I have giant breed. Freyja is a great dane, when she came into heat the first time she had spotting from the beginning. It lasted three weeks and I got her doggie panties. Petsmart carries them and disposable diapers. I also have two males, one neutered one intact. Someone had to watch at one of the intact dogs at one time. Freyja spelt the night in my room with the door closed and Shorty slept in another room with the door closed. I took Freyja into the bathroom with me to make sure they stayed apart. I don't know if it was Shorty's age (he's 12) or because he was healing from a dog attack. But he showed no interest in her, at all. I still kept them apart. It was actually my neutered boy who showed interest in her, but she wanted nothing to do with him. I think she thought he wanted to play. It was stressful on me and she'll be spayed within the next month or so. You need to be hyper vigilant. You don't want an opps litter, especially so young.
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