Don't Delay – Spay or Neuter Today!
However, there are a lot of people in this world who do not chose to alter their pet. This blog post is for you……
– You cannot leave a female in heat unattended for one moment outside, not even in a fenced yard. Whether or not she is in that narrow window of time when she can get pregnant, she might attract a male, and they might breed anyway. Though dogs have been mating for millennia, it is not a process that is without risk of physical harm to one or both dogs.
– If there are stray dogs where you live, walking a female in heat is asking for trouble. Ideally, have a secure, fenced area where your female can do her business, always supervised by you. If you must take her out in public to walk her, carry an umbrella that you can open to ward off unwelcome males, but know that you still might not be able to keep them apart.
– A heat cycle lasts about three weeks, but the female will neither bleed heavily nor bleed every day. Nonetheless, to protect your carpets and furniture, it is smart to invest in “bitch’s britches,” which are dog-proportioned panties that can be fitted with a disposable sanitary napkin.
As with unspayed females, unneutered males must be under your control and supervision at all times. It is the height of irresponsibility to allow them to wander. Unlike females, unneutered males are fertile all the time, and they can create a neighborhood population explosion in no time at all.
– Remember that in the larger world outside your door, intact dogs are the minority. By choosing to have an unneutered male (in particular, because he is visually easy to identify), you restrict your options and access to different environments, including dog runs and doggie day care. You will likely be required to explain and defend your decision not to neuter your dog; be prepared, be polite, and have a very thick skin.
Thanks for the great info, Whole Dog Journal! Read the whole article here.