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 Post subject: Silent heat?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:01 am 
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Is there a way to tell if your female is having a silent heat cycle?

I know that Misty is due any time now. She is slightly swollen but I check her every day and still no discharge.

However, my neighbor's unneutered dog was very interested in her this weekend. He got a little "excited", kept licking her. This is definitely not their normal type of interaction.

The only thing I have seen different with Ethan is him sniffing her bottom.

If she was just getting ready to start her season, would dogs already be attracted to her? Or does that not actually happen until they begin their season?

This is her first time with an intact male in the house, so I want to be super careful. Thanks for any and all information.

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 Post subject: Re: Silent heat?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:45 am 
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Both of my neutered boys started sniffing the girls weeks before I saw any signs of discharge, although Bridgette was swollen, and Leila not so much.
The girls must give off a different scent as they get closer to going into season.
Another thing I found was the season didn't happen when I expected it. I figured Leila would go into season in mid-April, at 6 month intervals as previously had been her cycle and it didn't happen till the last week in May. So now I guess she has a 7 month cycle.

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 Post subject: Re: Silent heat?
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If it's completely silent, I would imagine the only way would be progesterone testing with a blood sample at the vet, to see if she's ovulated. But yes, males will often become more interested shortly before a heat cycle truly starts, as the hormone levels start to rise, and also they may remain interested for a bit after the season is over too.

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 Post subject: Re: Silent heat?
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Great, that is what I was hoping to hear. I will keep checking her daily.

I am going to send Ethan to my friend's house for daycare a few days a week when the time comes.

I am not looking forward to this !

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 Post subject: Re: Silent heat?
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I don't envy you, Jackie. :roll

DeeDee went into heat on the very day of her appointment for her spay surgery. :tg I had to bring her back home to prepare for a couple of weeks of a bitch in heat, something I had avoided all the time I have owned dogs.

Leroy and the Schnauzer next door were both neutered so I didn't expect any problems from either of them. What I didn't realize was what a "hussy" DeeDee would turn into. :OMY She threw herself butt first at both of them, even with the Schnauzer on the other side of the fence.

I couldn't wait until she was over her heat and able to be spayed. :Clap

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