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Posted by: Kes | 2012/10/23

female dog period inquiry

Hi Doc,
Our 8month old jack russel started her first period last week sat, 13 Oct
We need to neuter her.
How long should we wait?
how often do female dogs get their periods?

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Early sterilisation of a bitch has been proven to decrease her risk of developing mammary cancer. A normal healthy bitch cycles twice a year. Early sterilisation (3 months) has long been practiced in animal shelters and thus far no long-term detrimental effects have been noted. Most vets would prefer not to sterilise a bitch whilst she is on heat. We suggest that you ask your vet’s advice on this as well.

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Posted by: CyberVet | 2012/10/24

Early sterilisation of a bitch has been proven to decrease her risk of developing mammary cancer. A normal healthy bitch cycles twice a year. Early sterilisation (3 months) has long been practiced in animal shelters and thus far no long-term detrimental effects have been noted. Most vets would prefer not to sterilise a bitch whilst she is on heat. We suggest that you ask your vet’s advice on this as well.

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Posted by: ryan | 2012/10/23

This is not periods or menstruation like humans, it is bloody discharge when the dog comes into season will start to disappear about a week to 10 days later, but then she is really receptive to males.. Bitches come into season at about 6months and every 6 months from then on, can be earlier or later... Now that she is in season your vet will wait until it is over and then u can spay, thats often why some people spay at 6 months before the 1st season.

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