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Can a female puppy go into heat at 5 months. Shes sleeping

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Can a female puppy go into heat at 5 months. She's sleeping all the time, peeing a lot more than usual. Sometimes I think she has a tummyache by the way she keeps standing up. Will eat some of her food if I mush it up. Not playing with her toys. Just seems out of sorts all the way around.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 7 years ago.


This is Dr. Christian. Welcome to JustAnswer. A few questions will help me get a clearer picture of the situation:

  • Has she had all of her vaccines every 3 weeks until about 15 weeks old?
  • Is there any blood in her urine?
  • Has she had any vomiting?
  • Is she eating?
  • Is there any blood in her stool?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
She has all her vaccines except rabies. no blood, no vomiting, eating but less, no blood in stool
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 7 years ago.
Does she have a swollen vulva or bloody discharge?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
No swollen vulva and haven't seen any discharge.
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for the information. While it is possible for a dog to go into heat this age, it is very rare and without other symptoms I don't think that is occurring. In addition, dogs don't generally feel ill when in heat. This sounds like more of an intestinal problems or even a urinary tract infection. A urinary tract infection would require antibiotics from your vet so I recommend you have her seen. Make sure she gets lots of fluids so that she does not become dehydrated. Offer her warm chicken broth to tempt her. You can also offer bland foods (boiled chicken breast, white rice, scrambled egg whites) mixed with plain yogurt to help the soft stool. This will minimize stomach upset. If you have more questions please let me know.
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