There doesnt really have to be any hard and fast proven correlation of infection in bitches shown in season for me. The fact that whilst in season the risk of picking up an infection is far higher, and the fact that many, many people will take sick dogs to show is enough to put me off showing an in season bitch. Would rather rule out the risk as much as possible Its only a show afterall, i dont think a prize card should ever be put above a dogs health!
Basi - never mind showing in the states, i wouldn't wanna judge over there :p Yuk!
Uh..well…ya get kinda used to girls in season, when you have girls in season...it isn't that big a deal. My girls hardly shed any blood after the first day or so...particularly after their first heat (it seems heavier then).
I think the pyo because of being out and about might be akin to when human girls were told not to bathe or swim during their periods. Seems like it *might make sense..but in reality doesn't really matter. As far as pyo..it is a bacterial infection...a bitch is no more likely to run into bacteria at a show, than she is in your own back yard...it is everywhere....
Either way, there are people who choose not to show in heat bitches here in the US, and there are people who have males that go nuts, and they complain about bitches in heat, and there are those of us that just do what seems to work for that individual dog. It all seems to work out.