First Heat

Hi all,


I know this is a shot in the dark but I am hoping to find some insight on Heat symptoms so that I can decide on when to have my pup spayed. We decided to wait after she has her first heat to have her spayed after weighing the pros/cons. 

Well she is at almost 10 months now and I'm still not sure she's had her first heat. She's been especially whiny the past few days, and has been licking herself more than usual but I'm not seeing any discharge. Maybe she's just good at keeping up with it? She's also been panting but she could just be bored (we live in an apartment and it's been raining for several days).

I try to track her symptoms and it seems that she's had these same mild symptoms 2 months ago. The breeder said it was unlikely, and that it could have been a 'false heat'. So again, I'm not sold that she was in heat.


I appreciate any insight! She's our first Goldendoodle and first dog.

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  • I had two females who went into heat before they were spayed, and neither had any discharge. They were very good at keeping themselves clean. 
    Panting can be a sign of anxiety, but not usually boredom.

    Why does your breeder say it is unlikely that she's in heat? Both of my girls were around 6 months old. There's nothing odd or unsual about a female dog having a first heat at 10 months, it's certainly not too early.

    Why not ask your vet?  


  • My mini goldendoodle is just now getting over her first heat, she is almost 11 months old. The first thing I noticed was her vulva was very swollen and red. Also she started licking that area all the time, more than usual.  First couple of days it was just a little brownish colored streaks of blood here and there but then like the 2nd week more red. Then towards the end it will turn lighter again. You will know its over when her vulva is back to normal size and bleeding stops. Usually lasts 2 to 3 weeks. I ordered some washable diapers for her and they were amazing, definitely would get some. Hope this helps a little. 

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