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How early can a Puppy go into Heat?

Updated on August 2, 2013

Puppy in heat

In Heat at 5 months

Well apparently puppies can go into heat as early as five-months. I was literally shocked when I found out this important bit of information. How that came about was my nine-month old puppy went into heat. If we had of been more informed dog owner's we could have saved ourselves a lot of grief as well as money. We where uninformed on this important bit of information. The best time to get a dog spayed is before she goes into her first heat cycle. The sooner you get her spayed the better it will be all round.

Spaying can be Risky

If your dog goes into heat before you get her spayed you will have to wait an additional 3 months to get her spayed. The reason for this is they have to wait for the swelling to go down in the uterus etc. before they can perform the surgery. The cost of the surgery also goes up when you are getting a dog spayed that has already been in heat. Apparently it is a more risky procedure with a dog that has been in heat so this is why the cost is increased.

19 Day Mess

For us it will be well worth the expense in knowing we won't have to go through another heat cycle. When our dog first when into heat we thought she had cut herself while playing in the backyard. We soon realized she was in heat, she bled for nineteen days. We where constantly cleaning up behind her it was such a mess. Thank goodness the area of the house she was in had vinyl flooring.

Make Sure Fencing is Secure

One day (while our dog was in heat) a male dog came up the back alley behind our house and managed to pry part of the wood away from the fence. Our dog was out in the yard she stuck her head through the hole in the fence and she ended up getting bite marks on her face from the other dog. We had to go out and reinforce the fence to hopefully keep out any future callers. If your dog is in heat make sure your fencing is secure and keep an eye on her at all times. The best thing to do is to go outside with your dog to supervise her because your dog could try to run off while she is in her heat cycle.

No Dog Park Visits

We didn't take our dog to the dog park while she was in heat, it was a shame because she loves going to the dog park. We couldn't take her there because the male dogs would have all gone crazy for her. So we took her for walks elsewhere until her heat cycle was over which lasts for three weeks. Apparently male dogs can smell a female in heat from three miles away!

Ceasar Milan uses Swiffer

Well if you have a female puppy that has not gone into heat yet my advice to you would be get her spayed as soon as you can. Unless you want to go through what we did then I will suggest you purchase a "swiffer". In fact even the "Dog Whisperer" Ceasar Milan uses one to clean up after his dogs. Believe me it is a lot easier to get them spayed but if you forget then you better pick up a "swiffer" because you are going to need one!

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      Pamela-anne 4 years ago from Miller Lake

      Hi Chelle Schade I am glad you found my hub helpful to you and your rescue puppy; thanks for your support!

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      Pamela-anne 4 years ago from Miller Lake

      I am glad my hub information was useful to you and your rescue pup; that is great and I wish you both well. Take care and thanks for your support Chelle Schade.

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      Chelle Schade 4 years ago

      Thank you for the good advice I have been reading to much about heat in dogs with all the standard facts about spaying before heat, but like you I was not able to take her before it happened. I was con fused about how long to wait after and read the three months you recommend and why. It seems to make sense. My puppy going in heat is inconvenient but she is a awesome rescue puppy.

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      anne 6 years ago

      I wish you had added the cost as it is so different from one place to the other it would be helpful to those who are new owners.


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      Pamela-anne 6 years ago from Miller Lake

      I hope this little bit of information will be useful to other wet behind the ears dog owners like me. Hopefully it will save you from making the same mistake I did.