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Q. My dogs first period will start soon What should I look out for How can I prevent the mess of her period

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BETTE ISACOFF

A. I missed one point: there are "doggy diapers" available, or many breeders use boy's underwear and cut out a hole for the tail. This presumes, of course, that the dog will leave them on.

Answered By
BETTE ISACOFF

A. The best way to prevent the messes associated with a bitch in heat (not to mention the males that start hanging around your house) is to have her spayed. Spaying also reduces the risk of mammary cancer in the female. When a bitch comes in season, she starts dripping bright red blood. After eleven or twelve days, the discharge turns a straw color. Many people let their bitches out during this time, thinking that because the bleeding has stopped their bitch is no longer In heat. In fact, this is when she is ready to be bred, and great care must be taken to keep her away from males. Dogs have been known to break into garages and basements to get at a bitch in heat, so be sure you take adequate precautions. She should be kept isolated for about four weeks.


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