Dog periods. Learn how to care for a dog in heat

If you have a female dog, you’ve probably already discovered that dogs periods look just like humans, except their estrous cycle doesn’t come every month – usually around every 6 months. You can expect your female dog to reach puberty and experience her first heat around 6 months. However, depending on the breed, this could take longer. Large dogs may not reach sexual maturity until age 2, while small dogs usually go into heat more often, having 3-4 cycles per year. The average heat cycle for a female dog lasts about 3 weeks.

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Should you prepare for your dog’s periods? Being prepared beforehand can make your dog’s heat cycle much easier for both of you. Here’s how you can get ready:

Signs Your Dog is in Heat:

  • Increased urination and genital licking
  • Swollen vulva
  • Bloody discharge from the vagina
  • Extra needy, affectionate behavior
  • Lifting rear and tail to one side, signaling readiness to mate

Cleaning Tips for Dog Periods:

Things get messy during a heat cycle, so have the right supplies ready to keep your dog and home as clean as possible:

  • Dog diapers allow freedom of movement while containing any discharge. Choose reusable or disposable in the correct size. Suspenders or full-body diapers work best to prevent slipping. Reusable diapers are economical if you don’t mind washing. Disposable diapers are very absorbent and disposable.
  • Keep cleaning wipes handy to quickly clean surfaces or furniture. Use pet-safe wipes for the genital area.
  • Use a designated blanket for snuggling to confine mess to one washable item.

Comforting Your Dog During Her Period:

Your dog will need extra care and affection to get through this potentially stressful time:

  • Give plenty of cuddles and accept her affection needs. Use a protective layer if needed.
  • Offer a chew toy or snuggly stuffed animal for comfort.
  • Never scold for accidents – gently clean up and prevent future incidents.
  • Ensure she eats nutritious food and drinks adequate water.
  • Provide more frequent potty breaks.
  • Use a leash outside to prevent mating with roaming males.

What to do with a dog in heat bleeding?

The best way to manage the mess is using doggy diapers or designating a special blanket to confine it. Have cleaning supplies on hand for quick cleanup. Be patient, and never punish your dog for bleeding.

How do you clean a female dog in heat?

Use pet-safe disposable wipes designed for cleaning the genital area. Dog diapers will contain most of the discharge. Any accidents on the floor or furniture can be swiftly cleaned with disposable wipes. A designated snuggle blanket just needs regular washing.

How long does a dog bleed when in heat?

The average heat cycle for a female dog lasts about 21 days. Bleeding tends to be heaviest for the first week and then tapers off. Each dog is unique, but you can expect bleeding for 1-3 weeks.

Preventing Pregnancy While In Heat:

Special care must be taken when your dog is in heat to avoid accidental mating and pregnancy:

  • Male dogs can detect a female in heat from afar. Monitor closely during potty breaks or keep separate.
  • Anticipate male dogs being attracted and possibly aggressive. Be vigilant in public.
  • Fertility continues even after bleeding stops during the heat cycle.
  • See your vet promptly for any health changes during this time.

Having your dog spayed prevents reproductive issues. No more hassle of managing those “in heat” moments!

Caring for your female dog during heat involves preparation, vigilance, and lots of TLC. With the right approach, you can make this time easier for both of you. Show your fluffy friend extra love and patience, and you’ll have her happily wagging her tail again in no time!

Jennifer Barker

I'm Jennifer. My passion for dogs lead to this blog's creation in 2014. I share tales of life with my pups and insights on natural dog care so fellow pet parents can nurture the joy and wellbeing of their furry friends.

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