April 1st, 2005



I need to ask you guys about a Boston's menstrual cycle...

We haven't gotten Sloan fixed yet. We have every intention of doing so; I don't want to breed her, since it is a very difficult, risky, and costly experience that I am not sufficiently knowledgeable about. I also do not want her to be at the heightened risk for cancer...but as of right now, finances do not allow. We have been preparing to get her fixed this summer.

In January she started her "period" (I know that its actually a false pregnancy, but for simplicity we will refer to it as her "period") and she finished in February, around the 5th. Yesterday, she started again. I'm going to contact her vet during my lunch hour; I'm curious though, as to if anyone has experienced this with their Boston? From what I've read, smaller dogs may go through this more than once a year, but usually with 6-8 months between "periods"...not 2.

If you have any experience with this, please let me know. Other than that, I will let you know what I learn from speaking with the vet.
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I called the vet during my lunch today, and explained the situation with Sloan having started bleeding a mere two months after her first "period" had ended. They said not good, get her in here right now. I was immediately in tears and on my way to the vet's office. Luckily, it wasn't as serious as it could have been -- she was not running a fever or suffering from stomache problems. She is on antibiotics now, and has an appointment to be fixed on April the 29th after this heat cycle is complete. I'm still really shaken by the experience, but so happy and relieved that she is okay.