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End of season - advice please

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Tokenjester Mon 21-Mar-16 11:31:55

Hi, my bitch has been in season for 22 days, there has been no noticeable blood for the last 5 days or so but she is still swollen - is it ok to let off lead now or should I wait until the swelling has gone down? She's quite miserable with this lead walking, poor baby!

Your thoughts please!

nmg85 Mon 21-Mar-16 11:55:23

I waited until the swelling had started to go down to be honest, but then I was a worried dog mum and we had dogs detouring to our front door on walks. No matter how sad she was I didn't want to risk it and have unexpected puppies. I think once the swelling starts to go down you are fine.

Tokenjester Mon 21-Mar-16 13:15:30

Thank you nmg85 for your response, the swelling has reduced a lot but I think I'll phone the vet just to double check! I booked her in to get spayed on day 1 .... i do not want her to have pups! Will let you know what vet says!

Panicmode1 Mon 21-Mar-16 13:16:38

My vet said to wait a week after the swelling had gone, just to be absolutely sure. I did over a month of lead walks, and it was very hard (I've just had her spayed!!). It was probably a bit paranoid, but I really didn't want puppies...

nmg85 Mon 21-Mar-16 13:47:58

Mine is now spayed thank goodness so won't go through that again!

Tokenjester Mon 21-Mar-16 13:49:58

Just phoned & yes, Panic, she said to wait another week or two.... there is nothing wrong with paranoia sometimes, especially when the consequences are so full on.

Whitney168 Mon 21-Mar-16 14:40:02

Doesn't quite tie in with your 22 days (wonder if she might have split her season or had an infection?) but - when the colour goes and the swelling reduces is exactly when a bitch is normally at her peak and ready for mating.

So yes, I'd say on a lead for a couple of weeks yet ...

Tokenjester Mon 21-Mar-16 16:03:01

Which bit doesn't tie in Whitney? The 22 day bit? That's 22 days since she started (but 5 days ish since not spotting). The vet originally said 21 days is the cycle & I assumed that was the period to keep her on lead & that she'd be fine once bleeding stopped.

She has had an infection (an injection & antibiotics orally as she was so under the weather & had a temp). Does it sound like she has another do you think?

She's still not wanting to leave her bed much, do you think I should take her to the vets again? I'm unsure whether it's normal season behaviour or whether she's down because she hasn't been able to have a good run!

Your wisdom is appreciated!

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