What to do with a female dog in a heat cycle?
If you plan to breed your dog or prevent pregnancy is important to understand the stages of the female dog’s heat cycle.
Each dog is different there are noticeable signs that can alert you when your dog is in heat and receptive to mating. I’ll help you walk through each stage of the heat cycle. show you how to care for your girl as she goes through them.
Heat cycle in vary each female breeds
The time intervals can vary between breeds. most female dogs will go and heat twice per year or every six months and small breeds can experience their heat cycles three to four times per year.
while large breeds may only cycle once per year. while small breed dogs can cycle up to three times per year. it is normal for their cycle to be irregular.
when they first begin experiencing heat cycles. it is not uncommon for female dogs to take a few years to develop a regular cycle.
Sign of heat cycle in female dogs
Signs of heat in the estrus cycle are often noticed
When the swelling or engorgement of the vulva occurs. however, the swelling may not be obvious in all dogs, the female will experience a bloody vaginal discharge resulting in the female licking or paying more attention to her vulva.
Sometimes but not always the female’s nipples and breasts will swell slightly though. this can also be a sign of a phantom pregnancy.
Length of the cycle, the act cheat cycle for most dogs is 2 to 3 weeks. however, the number and length of the female’s heat cycles can vary between breeds and from dog to dog.
It can be a shorter or longer period. you will know when the cycle is over. when her vulva returns to normal size and the bleeding and discharge have stopped during the heat cycle. there is a small window of time.
When the dog is fertile the fertility may begin 9 or 10 days after she goes into heat lasting about 5 days. it should be noted that the dog can become pregnant until the end of the cycle stages of heat.
There are four different stages of the heat cycle
The proestrus stage marks the beginning of the bleeding lasting typically 10 days. during this stage, the dog may urinate more and its vulva is enlarged or swollen when your dog is willing to breed.
she has entered the S stress stage this is the time period you must keep a close eye on your female. if you do not plan to braid her during the diaster stage.
The changes your female experiences are all internal. a lot of ovarian activity occurs during this stage. this stage typically lasts six to ten weeks.
The final stage the NS stress stage is the time during which your dog does not have any hormonal activity care tips the care is given to your female during the heat cycle should concentrate on keeping her comfortable.
The female can become easily agitated pacing whimpering and panting during this time. it may be best to separate the female from the other dogs during the cycle period. if you do not plan to breed your dog. it is highly advised that you have your dog spayed benefiting your health and your sanity as the caregiver.
If you thinking about breeding your female dog?
If the owner intends to breed the female. it is strongly advised to wait until the dog has experienced her second cycle. as the eggs are not yet mature enough to be viably gaining a greater understanding of your female dogs, heat cycles will prove beneficial for both you and her.