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I've been a little uncomfortable for the last week since I'm in heat and mom and dad have really restricted me to the kitchen when I'm not in my [fully fenced] backyard, on a walk or in my crate. I can't help leaving this yucky little spots everywhere but they told me the kitchen is the only room where they can easily clean the floor.

Unfortunately I was under the weather and underweight for quite awhile after the baby came home and mom and dad didn't want me to undergo major surgery until they were sure I was fine. I'm now still a bit light for my age but not too skinny anymore and have a clean bill of health from my vet. I'm 11 months of age and this seems to be my first 'heat'. Is it safe for mom and dad to spay me now or should they wait til my 'heat' is over. They don't mind being a little extra vigilant for awhile if it means that the operation will be safer for me.

Is there any real extra risk in having my spay done now? We don't want to ask our regular vet since we're planning on going to the local speciality spay and neuter clinic. That clinic mentionned extra cost but didn't mention any extra risk. I guess I'm really growing up!

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Corbell...it will be much, much safer for you if your mom and dad wait another 3 wks or so (at least- they likely have at least another 5-6 months before your next cycle, too!) before even thinking of scheduling your surgery. Right now, there is a very high risk of bleeding associated with that surgery.

One thing to make sure your parents know is that boys have been known to hang around when you're looking (and smelling) especially beautiful this time of year, and have been known to scale fences higher than 8 ft tall to get to a pretty girl who is in heat. Also, they have even been known to "try things" (often successfully) *through* wire fences, too! You should remain indoors and go outside only on a leash or in the fenced yard under mom and dad's DIRECT supervision (ie- they're standing right there).

Oh, and tell your parents that they can always invest in a couple of pairs of "panties" specially made for girls like you to help with the mess in the house. :)
 

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Yep, I agree, wait a while after she finishes to schedule the spay and no unsupervised outside time. I really wouldn't be taking too many walks either...your basically a walking advertisement right now. I also second the panties. If being stuck in the kitchen isn't her normal thing, I don't see it as being fair because you waited to spay her.
 

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Wait at least 4-6 weeks after a season to spay. It allows the blood vessels to go back down to normal size.
 

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If you buy the pants for Corbell, you won't have to lock her up in the kitchen. We have an intact girl and when she's in season, she sports her pants and thinks the world is just Grand. How can you not when you are wearing pink pants????
 

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Hi Corbell. I just was spayed last week. My mom bought me these panties that hold pads & I had to wear them for 9 days. ::) They watched me like a hawk...even in my fenced yard I was not allowed out by myself.

I was supposed to be spayed three days after my mom noticed a spot of blood on the floor. I had to wait almost 8 weeks to be spayed. My vet said it was better to wait, less bleeding because everything would be back to normal for a girl.

I am getting my stitches out Tueady & I feel good.

Your friend,
Abby :)
 
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