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A: rottweilers and heat cycle

They normally come into heat once every 6 months but some will come in sooner. I have one female that comes into heat regularily every 5 months. Do you remember how old she was on her first heat cycle? If she was just 6 months old, then yes it is normal. I would suggest havng her spayed a couple of weeks after she finishes this heat cycle so you can catch her before she comes back in. Be very cautious with her while she is in heat because although she is still a puppy herself, she can and will get pregnant if bred by a male. Be sure to supervise her at all times while she is outside.

> How often do rottweilers come into heat? My rottweiler just
> started her second heat cycle and she is just short of a
> year old. Is this normal?

A: rottweilers and heat cycle

> How often do rottweilers come into heat? My rottweiler just
> started her second heat cycle and she is just short of a
> year old. Is this normal?
Duration, 21 days on average for heat
Frequency, every six months or thereabout dependant on the type of dog..

First the vagina leaks possibly a slight clear liquid as days pass that changes sometimes to a creamy colour then more days and it changes to blood. Normally by this time the vulva has enlarged to a size you wouldn't believe possible.
A warning tho if she is in season guard her well as dogs can sniff it out from incredible distances. You and family can also carry her scent on your clothing so be careful with children in contact with the bitch around large dogs at this time.
Also just because the bleeding stops that does not mean she is finished more than likely she is at a greater risk at that point. All discharge must have stopped, the vulva gone back to normal and then test. Rub gently just by the base of her tail on the top of her back. If she puts it to one side she is still receptive. If she doesn't she's finished.

If the dog is not a bitch who has been shown,all tests done by vet that are required to be done for the breed, and intended to be used as a brood bitch it would be far kinder, safer and easier to have her booked in to be spayed.
Life will be easier for you and the dog and the dog will have a chance of a longer life as the chances of pyometra and mammary cancer will be eliminated immed.

What age is best to spay

There are as many opinions in this area as there are veterinarians. Before 1990, the general advice was to wait until the cat or dog was between 6-9 months of age. However, this is not taught in veterinary schools any more.
Here are the facts supported by every single research project I have encountered: There is no statistical difference in any physical or behavioral parameters in dogs and cats neutered (spayed or castrated) at an early age (9-20 weeks) or at a later age (6-9 months). No differences in height, weight, temperament, intelligence, etc. NO DIFFERENCES.
There is only one proven difference between early and later sterilization: In female dogs and cats, if they are neutered prior to the first heat cycle, they have virtually no chance of developing breast cancer. If the animal has just one heat cycle, the chance increases to 10 percent.
Dr. Lisa Howe at Texas A&M Veterinary School is the leading authority in this area, and I would suggest anyone contact her if they have particular questions. – William Folger, D.V.M., M.S., A.B.V.P. (Feline) SNAP Medical Advisory Board Member

Female dogs also attract males from great distances. Female dogs generally have a bloody discharge for about a week, and can conceive for another week or so.

Spaying a female (removing the ovaries and uterus) or neutering a male (removing the testicles) are veterinary procedures performed with the same general anesthesia used in human medicine. Both surgeries usually require minimal hospitalization.

Spaying a female dog helps prevent pyometra (a pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer; having this done before the first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
Treatment of pyometra requires hospitalization, intravenous (IV) fluids, antibiotics and spaying. Breast cancer can be fatal in about 50 percent of female dogs
With an older, seriously ill animal, anesthesia and surgery are complicated and costly.

One dog who has babies and whose babies have babies can be responsible for the birth of 50 to puppies in one year! Almost everyone loves puppies, but some people lose interest when these animals grow up. As a result, millions of dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays. Rarely surviving for more than a few years on their own, strays can die painfully by starvation, disease, freezing or being hit by cars.

IT IS A MYTH: A female cat or dog should have a litter before she is spayed.

Many veterinarians are practicing perfectly safe early sterilization. The likelihood of developing mammary tumors or uterine infections increases the longer a female goes unspayed. In fact, a female spayed before sexual maturity (6 to 9 months of age) has one seventh the risk of an intact female of developing mammary cancer. Spaying a female eliminates the chances of developing pyometra, as the uterus is removed at surgery. In dogs, spaying before the first heat cycle is virtually 100%% effective in preventing breast cancer. Not quite as good in cats, but almost!

Another Myth: Spaying or neutering (sterilization) will alter my pet's personality.

Fact: Any slight changes will be positive. Regardless of the age when spayed or neutered, your pet will remain a caring, loving and protective companion. Neutering will reduce the need to breed, and that has a calming effect on many animals. Neutered males tend to stop roaming and fighting and lose the desire to mark their territory with urine.

Yet another Myth: Companion animals will become fat and lazy if they are neutered.

NO Lack of exercise and overfeeding make pets fat and lazy -- not neutering. Your pet will not gain weight if you provide exercise and monitor food intake. Neutering is good for your pet, since sterilized pets tend to live an average of two to three years longer than unsterilized pets.

Yet again another Myth: Sterilization is a dangerous and painful surgery for my pet.

Fact: Spaying and neutering are the most common surgeries performed on animals.

Last one for here Myth: Children should witness the miracle of birth.

Fact: Countless books and videos are available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is teaching your children irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized in a shelter for lack of a home knows the truth behind this dangerous myth.

Do your dog a favour spay or neuter it.
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