My golden retriever Pixel is 10 months now. She is licking her vulva a lot in the past few days. I saw it is swollen but no bleeding. I hope it is not some infection, just her first heat is coming. I will bring her to check with the vet tomorrow. I want to get her spayed after her first heat. When did you spay your female golden? Instead of the normal spay surgery, is there any other options which is easier or keep the growing hormone? Thanks.