Is Your Dog on Her Period?!

Hello Guys and Gals,

For the past few weeks I have had the pleasure of having my puppy, Newt, be in heat (a.k.a. her period).

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Newt in a diaper

 

It has been fantastic great awful horrible stressful, to say the least.

My mom has bred dogs my entire life and when Newt is older I hope to do the same. It’s not usually wise to bred on the females first heat cycle, but it is stressful because I have two other male dogs that have never been around a female in heat 24/7. And I can personally tell you it gets crazy! Male dogs can be just like teenagers in the point where they will not leave her alone.

When the female goes into heat their are three stages. The first where her hormones are “stronger” to a male dog and the males tend to pee (in the house even if they are trained not to do so) to not only mark their territory but try and attract the females attention. Two male dogs + one female in heat = big pee messes everywhere. Let’s just say it was a rough 2 weeks.

Second stage is usually when the female bleeds. Yes, just like human females do. It can be just as messy. Diapers are a good thing to have around the house during the last two stages, but know not all dogs will keep the diapers on and some may be dangerous for your dog to consume.

Third and last stage is when the bleeding lightens (in most breeds) but your female will allow a male to bang her. For lack of better words. *Side note, if you do want to breed your dog and they get “stuck” (trust me you will know when it happens) DO NOT attempt to pull them apart. It will hurt them even more, they will be unglued usually within an hour.

Newt is in her last days and my male dogs, Bruno and Hank, have decided to completely ignore anything I have ever taught them. As well as, ignore anything I say to them now. They have become shaky, and whiny, and desperate to “get some”. In fact, Hank even stopped eating for two days. Luckily he is better now. Don’t worry if these things happen to your male dog he will be fine. Cycles can last up to a month and are generally longer in larger breeds so be ready.

Here’s a few common questions after female dogs in heat:

 

When will my female dog have her first heat cycle?

Usually, a female dog will come into her first heat sometime between the age of 6 months and 18 months. A lot of the time when your female dog comes into her first heat will depend on the dog’s breed. Typically, small dog breeds come into first heat sooner than larger dog breeds.

 

How long will my dog’s heat last?

Heat will last an average of 18 to 28 days.

 

How often with my dog go into heat?

Dogs typically go into heat once every 5-8 months, so about twice a year. Although, this will vary per dog. Smaller dogs can go into heat sooner than larger dogs.

 

What are the first signs of my dog going into heat?

The first sign of your dog starting her heat cycle is a swollen vulva and bloody discharge from the vulva.

And, for the first week or so, the female dog will attract the attention of male dogs but she usually won’t allow them to mount her. After the first week or so, she will actively court male dogs and will allow them to mount her. At this stage, he vulva may become slightly smaller and she may not have as much discharge or have a clear discharge instead of bloody, but she’ll still be in heat and can still become pregnant.

 

Hope this helped out! If you have anymore questions send ’em my way and I will try my best to find an answer.

 

Best,

-Brandy

 

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