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Posted by: Shell | 2013-02-13

On heat

How long do female golden retirever''s go on heat for?
She is 1yr 8 months old, our male is nuted but we want to take them to the beach as they love it, but dont want any " unwanted"  puppies

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Non-spayed female dogs will go into "heat" usually twice a year. The age at which they start their cycles and the duration of the cycle varies greatly between the breeds of dogs and individual dogs. The first cycle usually occurs by age 6-12 months; for some small breeds, as early as 5 months, and for some large and giant breeds, the first cycle may not occur until 14 months of age or older.

Each cycle lasts on average 12-21 days, but maybe be as short as a few days to four weeks. The cycle period length varies widely between breeds and individual dogs. The length of a cycle varies widely, even for dogs of the same breed. If in doubt, assume the longer end of the range for the cycle length. Bleeding occurs prior to a female being receptive to a male (allowing mounting by the male), but male dogs may be very attracted to the female before the bleeding stage as well.

Should your dog remain a non-breeding animal, it is recommended to spay her, eliminating the risk of accidental pregnancy and reproductive diseases later on in life. Dogs may be spayed while in heat (or pregnant), but there is additional risk due to the engorged vessels and tissue of the reproductive tract a higher chance of bleeding during surgery or other complications. The cost of surgery while in heat or pregnant is often higher as well.

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Posted by: Fergus | 2013-02-16

Actually it is not fair to take your dog out in public while she is on heat  you could cause other people to lose control over their dogs, which could then get lost or run over, or get into fights. Rather keep her inside until it is over, she will be perfectly ok without going out for a couple of weeks. Be responsible.

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