I need advice about dogs' heat cycles. From the moment we got Luna, I wanted to get her spayed at 6 months. But then our friend gave my husband some ridiculous info about getting dogs fixed. He said that whenever you get it done, it locks your dog into that age. So, now Luna is 9 months old and is going through her first cycle (ahhh!!!) For the record, my husband regrets listening to our friend and not to me. We want to get her spayed ASAP but we know that it's not so safe to do it during the cycle. We just don't know how to tell when it's all over with. I can't really pinpoint when it started. I know that she was really swollen and going through the bleeding stage during August. The swelling has gone down quite a bit now (but she still looks bigger than when she started). Any advice on how to tell when it's safe to get her spayed?