Yorkshire Terriers/Yorkies/heat cycles

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My 11 month old yorkie went into her first heat at 7 1/2 months.  It lasted for over 3 months!!!!  She hasn't even been over it for a full 30 days yet & her little peepee & nipples are swollen again.  Does this sort of thing happen occasionally?  We didn't see any blood at all.  How often do they go into heat?

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Hi Barbara, I am sorry I couldn't get back to you sooner, I have been very ill with an abcessed tooth..!!
   Your yorkie normally will go into heat 2 X a year.....about every 6- 8 months normally is what mine do. Staying in heat for 3 months can be detrimental to your little girl's health, it may be a hormone imbalance, it could be a cyst on her ovaries, or another condition entirely,  but whatever it is, she needs to see a veterinarian to determine what the problem is...you can't always see the blood from a female in heat, some of mine are so clean about themselves that they don't leave a trace of being in heat at all, my males have to let me know!
Good luck, I am sure your vet can figure out what is going on.
Elinore

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TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE due to surgery I can answer many questions on the care of yorkshire terriers, grooming questions, housebreaking, breeding in general, questions on the feeding and needs of the yorkshire terrier, and basic training needs. If you are having BEHAVIORAL or non-typical training issues, please ask an expert in that category since I am not a canine behavioral expert. VETERINARY questions should be answered by your veterinarian. I am sorry but due to unforeseeable circumstances, I will be on 'vacation' and UNAVAILABLE From 5-25-09 until 6-25-09 DUE TO SURGERY

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I breed yorkshire terriers, I have been been showing, breeding and grooming dogs for 40 years, our 12 housepets are yorkies, I have worked for many professional handlers as a groomer and breeder.

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Apprenticed with top professional handlers and breeders of poodles and other toy breeds, have owned my own grooming salon and have set up and helped others start shops and kennels, I have been an instructor in a state certified grooming school and have worked for breeder/exhibitor kennels.
I have also worked for various veterinarians, I cannot answer MEDICAL or BEHAVIORAL questions as these are not my area of expertise.

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