Our springerdoor pup who turns one on Thursday may or may not be having her first heat. Having read up about what to look out for etc. We noticed a week a go that there was a small drop (and I mean small) of what looked like bloody discharge on her bed as she got up in the morning. As soon as she noticed it she licked it up and also licked her lady area. During this time we noticed a strong fish like smell which again we had heard this to be a possible sign.
Having waited this long for her to start her heat we were relieved. We closely monitored her through out the day but nothing else happened. Now we know that her vulva should swell up and she may wee more often. Well she certainly does wee more often but her vulva to us looks exactly the same as usual. Although and I will try and describe this as best as I can, her back end sticks out more just under her rectum but this is obviously not her vulva.
The next day in the morning when we got up the same thing happened again, a small drop and then the smell. Again the next day but no other signs such as enlarged vulva.
Now a week later apart from those 3 days we have seen no other activity. And now a little confused if she has started as we expect to perhaps see more discharge maybe different in colour or a much larger vulva (people say you can't miss it).
We have also read that some dogs show very little signs so this could be a possibility but as a precaution we are not allowing her off lead for the next 3 weeks. Whilst monitoring her behaviour and looking for signs. We had thought she may be a super clean dog and lick herself during the night but we see no signs of that not even a damp bed.
We plan to get her spayed as soon as we can but only after her first heat. I guess my question is what else can we look out for and if you think she has started her heat or something else :/. Other signs that we know of is thst she msy become more attached to you and follow you around the house even in the bathroom but in all honesty she did that from day one!
Another habbit she has started is when we go out for walks she actively seeks out other dogs poop which she never did prior to 2 weeks ago. We think it may be the berries that other dogs are eating, perhaps she's building up her immune system because she id on her Heat??? We have no idea as she does go through stages of doing things out of habbit.
Other than that she appears healthy and mad, totally mad!
We are trying not to take our pup to the vet every time we think something is wrong or needs attention. She is our first pup so this is all new to us