You must get this alot.
I have a lab bitch, first dog I've owned. She is 6 months old and I must say she is brilliant We have taken away the crate now for about two weeks, completely trustworthy and so clever!
Anyway I know it must be quite early for her to have her first season, but she keeps licking her lady parts and it looks like it has dried mud or something around it it looks a bit ''dirty''. It's not swollen and there has been no blood (I guess it'll be bright red?) Would she be too early for a season or could it be something else?
6 months is not too early for some girls. Can you call the breeder and ask when mom first came in?
Your girl might be in pre-season where sometimes they lick themselves and get a bit of dark discharge before they actually have a season. Or she could have a UTI.
You will know when she's in season if you wipe her vulva every other day with a white tissue. You might see a rusty discharge first that will get brighter in color but it's rarely bright red like a cut.
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Agree with the above.
Why did you take her crate away? Dogs love their crates, that is their safe place, their den. They should have the option to go into the crate whenever they want to, and it's always a good idea to have it in case you need to enclose them for any reason. Also ... they can be trustworthy for a while, then bam! they get into something they shouldn't. I have a 7.5 year old that cannot be left alone for more than a couple of hours or he gets in trouble. At only 6 months, I'd say you still have a little while to go before you can say she is completely trustworthy.
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sorry I didn't phrase ut properly. crate is still here but we don't confine her anymore like when we go out or overnight.
phoned breeder and she said mum was 14 months old when she had her first season.
she has been totally different today like not herself. she has a vet appointment for next week to get weighed for flea treatment so shall speak to them. I can sense something id different/wrong with her
Ahh, ok. Hope the vet can tell you what's wrong, but I am guessing she is in heat. I hope that's all it is.
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy
The dirt you describe can be a sign of bacteria - UTI. I usually see this in a pup with a recessed vulva. Are you sure she is not recessed? If she is her heat cycle should correct it.