Since this question suggests a certain level of ignorance about canine reproduction, one wonders why wasn't she spayed before she came into season?
Yes, some bitches can go off their food, etc., while they're in season. She will be in season approximately 21 days. Although her discharge may decrease before the 21 days are over; this does NOT mean that she is out of season. During this entire time, she cannot have access to the outdoors unsupervised.
She has an appointment in August for the spay. But apparently that wasn't soon enough.
I was assuming teufel would follow in her mothers footsteps, who didn't have a her first heat until she was 11 months.
Eleven months is late. Most bitches seem to come in between 6 and 9 months for the first time. Which is one reason spays should be scheduled for 6 months or earlier. Reduced risk of mammary tumors is another.
Any new dog, puppy or adult should be seen by the new owner's veterinarian. I don't understand why the spay/neuter surgery isn't scheduled at that time. :?: I wonder how many puppies are born because the new owner didn't schedule the surgery? It's the owner's responsibility but maybe veterinarians could help get the surgery scheduled at that first visit by offering a discount if the appt is made that day. Or charging double for vaccinations to intact dogs might motivate some owners.
We've even had instances on this forum where puppies have gotten pregnant. :evil: Responsible owners don't have unwanted pregnancies. There's no such thing as an "oops litter"! It either happened on purpose or from being careless.
Teufel was spayed today, she is now home and resting comfortably. I agree with all the issues and it was not my intent to not get her fixed. Time got away from us, after the resent death of our nephew.
I enjoy these forums very much and find them both informative and humorous.
Hi Yes you can have them spayed while in season, there is an extra charge for it. But it is worth it. I agree completely that spaying from 5 months (which my vet had suggested) should have been the way to go. When she went into heat I never let her out of my sight. The last thing I wanted to have and worry about where unplanned puppies.
Teufel is wanting to be back to her funny self, chase the cat, play ball which are all no no's right now. Last night I sleeped in the livingroom next to her kennel just in case.