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Dogs In Heat

Updated on August 23, 2017

Dogs In Heat

Having grown up in a house full of dog lovers and breeding beagles I have learned a few things about dogs in heat that I would like to pass on. So if your dogs in heat, this is where to get some answers. Love your dog!

For dogs in heat/season info read on.

What Is Heat?

How To Know When Your Dogs In Heat

Estrus ("heat") is the mating period of female animals. When estrus occurs, animals are said to be "in heat" or "in season." Dogs generally have their first estrous cycle at 6-12 months of age. Large breeds may not have their first estrus until they are 12-24 months of age.

Female dogs in heat are somewhat similar to a human female in menstruation. During the "heat" cycle, the dog may became pregnant.

The estrous cycle:

1. Proestrus: Starts with the appearance of vaginal bleeding. It normally lasts from 4 to 9 days. Increased swelling of the vulva and possibly an increase in urination. Male dogs become very persistent, but she will not yet mate with them.

2. Estrus: The female will accept the male and conception can occur. The vaginal discharge is more yellowish than bloody. Usually, the stage lasts for 4 to 13 days. Your female will allow any male dog to breed with her at this time.

Metestrus and anestrus: Periods of ovarian activity, but with no symptoms. False pregnancies can occur during metestrus.

Symptoms:

The dog will bleed from the vagina, may have swelling of the vulva and increased urination.

Small dogs will of course have less bleeding and the swelling may be harder to spot.

For a better understanding of Dogs In Heat

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Can a dog get pregnant in her first heat?

Dogs in heat -First Time Pregnancy?

YES! First heat can vary greatly dog to dog. The youngest is about six months of age though sometimes a female will come into season younger. First heat can start as late as 12 or even 14 months of age or later in rare cases. Although it is not advisable to breed dogs until they are about 2 years old.

How Long Does Heat Last?

If your dogs in heat, how long will it last?

The heat period varies from 8 to 30 days with an average of about 20 days. Most female dogs will allow breeding around 10 to 16 days after start of the cycle.

You should consider your pet to be "in heat" for 21 days: 7 days coming into heat, 7 days in heat, 7 days going out. Though conception is most likely during the middle 7 days. If you want to ensure that your dog will not become pregnant, you should keep her confined for the entire 3 week period. Again, not all dogs follow with the norm. Watch your female and record her cycle. It will usually stay the same throughout her lifetime.

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Spaying

Dogs in heat, spaying

If you have no intentions on breeding your female, then it is best to get her spayed. The are no benefits on waiting and it is recommended that you get her spayed before her first heat cycle. Mainly for health reasons. Decreased chance of having mammary tumors. No chance of getting pyometra and metritis. And of course, the best reason is to stop unwanted litters. Overpopulation is is a large problem throughout the United States.

For more information on spaying/neutering please read these following articles:

Wikipedia article on spaying

Spaying operation guide by a qualified vet

Neutering

Dogs in heat, neutering

A male dog who has had both testicles surgically removed, and is not capable of producing offspring. Also known as castration.

Neutered dogs are much happier when their hormones are not raging.

Neutered males will show a decrease in the desire to mark territory. This includes inside the house.

They are less aggressive without the raging testosterone.

A dog who has been neutered young is much calmer. He no longer roams the streets in search of a female, reducing risk of being hit by a car, getting in fights with other males, getting lost or taken.

Overall, a neutered dog is a much happier dog, as well as their owners.

Common Questions about dogs in heat/season

10 Common Questions Most Asked

1. At what age do female dogs first go into heat?

As early as six months of age. Most dogs are sexually mature by one year of age, but some dogs may not reach sexual maturity until 18 months of age.

2. How many times a year do female dogs go into heat?

This varies from dog to dog, but typically female dogs go into heat one to four times per year.

3. During what times of the year can a female dog get pregnant?

The heat cycles of most dogs are not affected by the season. So, dogs can potentially become pregnant at any time of the year.

4. What is the gestation period for a pregnant dog?

58 to 68 days. 65 days is average.

5. Can dogs become pregnant while they are nursing puppies?

Unlike cats, dogs are very unlikely to become pregnant while they are nursing. However, they can go into heat and become pregnant as early as three months after giving birth.

6. At what age do unspayed female dogs stop giving birth to puppies?

Fertility gradually declines over time, there is no particular age after which a female dog can no longer become pregnant.

7. Can dogs from the same litter mate and produce litters?

Yes!

8. If my dog is pregnant, can she be spayed?

Yes. The surgery, however, can be slightly more difficult in a pregnant dog. This is one reason why it is so important to have your dog spayed before her first heat.

9. Can dogs be spayed/neutered if they've been sick?

Yes, but it is a good idea to wait a little while.

10. Should I allow my female dog to have one litter before spaying her?

No. There is absolutely no benefit to the dog in doing this.

What to do when your dog is in heat?

Once you have noticed the signs mentioned above and realised that your dog is in heat, what should do? How should you care for your dog?

Well there is nothing to worry about and you be shouldn’t concerned as long as you act correctly.

A warning, while your dog is in heat it releases a hormone to entice the male dogs. Therefore, it is not advised to let your dog out alone otherwise the male dogs will go crazy for her. To resolve this, whenever you take your dog out, walk her on a leash. To disguise the scent of the hormone released, try rubbing some menthol onto the tip of her tail, this should mask the smell.

Dogs in heat are much more emotional, they can swing from being more excitable to being more cautious and anxious. To calm your dog try to avoid letting young kids play with the dog as they probably won’t be sufficiently sensitive with the dog and may irritate it. Positive actions to relax the dog involve, playing soothing music and brushing the dog’s coat.

Do dogs go through menopause if they havn't been spayed?

No. Dogs will not lose their ability to become pregnant at any age. The dog's fertility slowly declines which is not comparable to humans, whose eggs are no longer being produced. Therefore if you have an older dog she must be spayed if you don't want her to have any more litters.

I AM NOT A VET!!!

Please, if you may be in doubt about your dogs health, TAKE THEM TO A VET!

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      Cherie 6 months ago

      I'm taking my mastic to breed to a male she has never met. Will she let him breed her. She can be snarly around new dogs. Will she let him, or will she be mean and not let him near her

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      FYI - You have a link that goes nowhere...

      http://dogsinheat.info/

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      redrockss 3 years ago

      I have a question about my st. bernard, she is a sudden rescue, totally unexpected. I was hoping to get her spayed in August. She went into heat about 3 weeks ago. She has not bled in a few days. Now I see a greenish/creamy discharge. From what I can tell pyometra isn't usually a problem until about 8 weeks after her heat cycle has ended. Do you think this might be a problem or is it just the normal ending to a heat cycle?

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      trophytimegundogs 4 years ago

      Good article

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can a dog be spayed while in heat?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How long does the bleeding last?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      can a dog in heat fly in cargo

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my bishion frise is 4 years old & can be vey hormonal male dog looking out for the female dog is it too late to have him neuterd now

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: A female dog does not stop having seasons during its life. They can get fewer but she will always have a season depending on medical condition. Doglistener

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: When the dog comes into season has enormous variations. The average will start it when the female is between six to ten months old.

      However like all the others this can vary between the different breeds and sizes. I have known dogs to have their first season at five months and others as late as twenty four months.

      Having said that these would normally be the giant breeds, such as Wolfhounds or Great Danes.The size of the dog normally means they will mature at different times. For instance I would start to become a little worried, if the season does not happen until very late (after thirty six months) Then have the dog checked out by a Vet if you are concerned.

      If you want to read the full article at my website it is doglistener.co.uk

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Ohhh really well I think she could it all depends on a male dog!:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a min pin who is in the middle stage of her heat cycle and I have noticed her nipples are swollen is the a common thing or could she possibly be pregnant?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ok I have a problem?!? Bt my female dog!!!! She hasn't been heat nd she's 24 months already

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 10 yr old female black lab. I just want to know will she not stop having heats soon. She has never been too messy when she is in heat, but I just wanted to know if it ever stop in older females.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That is NOT entirely true. If you have mixed pups, and 2 Fathers (I.e. a Beagle Bitch, Chihuahua (smooth coat) stud AND a Yorkie stud), then there is only ONE parental gene, which would be safer (again, because you know that the one female came from the chi, and one from the Yorkie - DNA can prove this), than traditional line breeding between two siblings that have the same parentage on both sides. Just my two copper....

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Conya the question asked was will dogs from the same litter inter breed the answer was correctly yes any pet owner I should hope would not allow this to happen but some animals can't fall pregnant to their siblings

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is the first time an my last time lookin at this. Site i was reading through it and it is giving false. Information to those of you wondering if you can mate puppies from the same litter NO you can't it is called inbreeding this is where deformaties come from and also under kennel club rules you are not aloud breed mother and son father pand daughter an brother and sister

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      Amy617 4 years ago

      Very interesting lens! Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Almost 2 months ago I adopted a 13 yr old emaciated rescue that was never spayed.

      She is showing signs of heat. Anxious, licking, distracted & not eating, wants to go outside constantly. Is Heat possible in such an old dog that was so sick. She has been eating like a horse for me all this time and is getting stronger but has arthritis.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: she's probably marking her territory. I have a pitbull mix and she does the same thing, she pees just a little in a bunch of different spots to put her scent there. Her desire to mark probably increased with her heat. Keep and eye on her though!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you JM...I was beginning to think I was the only person who believed in spaying and neutering! I have a AKC female brindle Boxer, who I do show. But since it is not safe for her to have a litter past the age of 5 (she will be 4 this spring), I am having her spayed after her heat cycle this year for her own protection, even though that means I can no longer show her in competition. She is more important to me as a family member than as a pet and something to show off and to possibly make money off by breeding. btw, I have never bred her, as there are too many dogs out there already, even purebred boxers (although she is gorgeous, and would make beautiful babies - and yes, I have been tempted).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just took my 5 mth old Shima in to be spayed and during the blood tests she was found to have a kidney problem. The vet will not put her under anethesia due to the danger. She also said her life would be short and I am heartbroken...this little dog is everything to me. However, now Chloe will be having a heat cycle and so I thank you for your information. She usually goes to work with me everyday, but that looks like it will stop during this time. Other dogs do come into the workplace from time to time. Thank you again. Sometimes I wonder if the risk of all the cancers are worse than the kidney problem. I need to discuss more with my vet.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You should not breed your dog unless you can take full repsondibility of the puppies for the entire life of the dogs, reputable breeders are there for the lifetime of the dog and will take them back at any age, yorkies are a dime a dozen. Male dogs that are not preformance dogs or being shown should be nuetered, it is not the same as a human..we dont put humans in shelters and kill them if no one wants them, BE responsible and dont breed your dog and nueter him also

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hmm....I can't say for certain, since I'm not a vet, but my best guess, as a female dog owner and foster mom is she is most likely marking territory. For some reason, they seem to do this when in season. I have a min-pin that I am presently fostering who just gave birth to 3 beautiful little pups, and she does the same thing. She will go and dribble in 3 or 4 different spots in the yard, and then happily comes back in. Unless you don't see her do a full pee ever, I wouldn't get concerned until after she is fully out of season, and still continues the behavior.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      R dog is an 8.5 month old pitbull. She has just come to b in heat about 11 days ago. She seams to pee just dribbles at times. Her vulva is still a bit swollen although she doesnt seem to b in any discomfort. My concern is that maybe she has a blatter infection or is her not finish peeing a normal in heat behavior

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Am I understanding you correctly? You have 2 dogs, 1 female, in heat...and 1 male. And yet you're allowing them to be together, and you're asking how to stop the male from following the female??? DUH!!! No offense, well maybe...but common sense says he's not going to stop unless you physically separate them until she is totally and completely out of heat. And that is ONLY if you are fortunate enough to not have him mount her, and have a litter of puppies on the way! Even if you have had him neutered, he will still follow basic instincts and try to mount her, even though a litter would not be produced. You are not doing your female any favors either, by allowing this attention to continue. Unless you have good reason to want a litter from this female (Championship lines, or a purebred you are still showing and cannot spay yet), run, do not walk, to your vet and set up an appointment to get this little girl spayed! Just having puppies because they are "cute" is not a good enough reason for a litter; shelters across the country are filled with "cute" puppies and dogs of all breeds, shapes, and sizes. Please do the responsible thing. At the very least, physically separate your male and female for the full length of her heat; then add 7 days for safety.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have two dogs and one is in heat, and there other one is a boy and flowers her and licks her. How do I keep him from doing that? I have get on to him constantly for doing that. I need help?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: you've gotten her just at the beginning of a heat cycle. If the vet recommends against a spaying at this time (plus it is usually more expensive to have it done during estrus), can you keep her away from all male dogs for about 21 days? That is the average length of a female dog's cycle. Then you can have a bit more time for her to heal and have her spayed then. Even when she is no longer showing blood, her cycle isn't complete, so be sure to track the entire number of days. Good luck.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just adopted a rescue dog ..she is about 14 months, but this is a guess. She's a dingo. Once I got her home we noticed she was spotting. (Well I was wondering if she was spayed ) she has been spotting a watery,, pink for 5 days now. Now red blood. Is this typical? She just had surgery on her leg. Not sure I want to put her through another surgery, but we do not want puppies. Please advise.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just adopted a rescue dog ..she is about 14 months, but this is a guess. She's a dingo. Once I got her home we noticed she was spotting. (Well I was wondering if she was spayed ) she has been spotting a watery,, pink for 5 days now. Now red blood. Is this typical? She just had surgery on her leg. Not sure I want to put her through another surgery, but we do not want puppies. Please advise.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love dogs very much

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If the male and female r literally attached and going at it, can not separate ,will the female become pregnant?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Very few questions are dumb ones, and only those are from people intentionally trying to be stupid, or to make a scene. Any other question is valid. As long as a male dog is still 'getting the urge', he should safely be able to mate with any female who will let him (or with any female you will allow him to). There is nothing cruel about neutering or spaying any animal, unless there is a medical condition that would contraindicate it being performed. With a male dog, he will become less aggressive, less territorial, to put it bluntly - less likely to try to hump everything he can reach - and there are studies that say that neutering can also extend male dogs' lives. There are similar advantages to spaying a female animal. Animals cannot "choose" to not breed - it's hardwired into their bodies. Once you take guardianship (no one ever really 'owns' a dog, cat or other pet), it becomes up to us to look after THEIR best interests. Repeated litters will wear down a female dog or cat, can even shorten their lifespan, and make them very susceptible to more illnesses. And all you get from allowing unneutered males from freely mating with any accepting female is unplanned for, and probably uncared for, litters; most of whom will probably end up in an animal control facility, or if they are lucky, a non-kill shelter until someone decides they will make a good fit for their human family. Anyone who thinks its acceptable to allow dogs to mate without being willing to accept the responsibilities for the litters that will result is in denial. Go visit your county animal control facility and look at all the animals there, and ask them how many are euthanized EVERY WEEK, and then relook at your comment about it being cruel. Then come back here and tell me if you still feel the same. I follow these threads, and I receive emails letting me know when questions regarding dogs (domestic animals in general) in heat are posted. There are many animal rescue sites, just Google "animal shelter" or put in your state name in front of that, and you will have much more experienced voices and pictures to give you a broader viewpoint.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a question. I'm thinking, just thinking of haveing my male yorkie be with a female yorkie in heat. My dog is 5yrs old, never been with a female dog. I was told today being that he's never benn with a female dog...in the act there's a possibility it could die. No this question makes me look very dumb..but I never heard this before. What is your opinion. And I do believe it's cruel to neuter a male dog...think about you husband...maybe it's a good idea for him.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: John, would you please look at your question again, and restate it a bit better, so it can be answered correctly? So sorry, but I'm not quite certain what you're asking.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Check around, try to find a veterinarian college within traveling distance of you, and ask for a second opinion. For something of this importance, definitely don't rely on 1 vet's personal / professional thoughts. If not sure where to start searching, ask a vet you haven't visited, or if all else fails, Google it. Your furbaby deserves every chance to live.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My female dog is having her period at this time. We r not able to fix her yet due to illness of the dog. I have no other dogs but do have 2 cats. My dog will is going after one of the cats. She is jumping on her, licking her and slightly whineing when she goes near the cat. The cat has been spayed for years. Is this normal behavior? She has always played with the cat but never like this. Can anyone help?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How to get dogs tie???

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You have been very helpful. I have 2 dogs waiting to be spayed and nutered in December. The bitch is in heat now, so i seperate them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      do you seperate them when he has done it as my dog is driving me made barking alnight. he keeps on doing it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks so much! You answered practically every question i had. I appreciate you taking the time to posg this info.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My dog has six week old puppies that she is still nursing. She has started showing signs of going into heat, such as dropping blood and exposing herself to our neutered male. Can she be in heat again?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi NFDO,

      Heats are the worse, nothing like us having our cycle to yet deal with animal with theirs lol. For my femail Boxer who is almost 3, I use washable underwear and lightly scented female panty liners. I also give her time during the day to take it off and clean herself to give her a break from the undies for a bit and because even with them on she'll still lick herself. Depending on the size of your dog will most likely depend on how heavy the flow is. Since I have a boxer her flow is heavy, well at least for a dog. Little dogs flows are lighter so I've heard and thus clean themselves enough where they wont drip around the house, unles my boxer. Hope this helps :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This was very helpful. Although this is the 3rd heat I've gone through with my female Boxer, it was great to read and know that her heat lasting as long as it does is normal and that I've been recognizing the signs correctly. High 5!! :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Generally if you get a lock (tie) you get puppies. Plan on puppies approximately 63 days from the day they first locked.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: 6-7 mos generally from the end of their last heat. You should skip this season and let your bitch recover from the puppies and get back into her pre-puppy condition before you breed her again, if you are planning to breed again. Although there is variation between breeds of dogs and individual dogs as to how long they go between heats. If your dog is regular every 6 months having puppies shouldnt change this. Please ensure you have good homes for all possible puppies prior to breeding and be ready for a lot of work.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Chances are very very slim and it would be high risk. Just keep her away from unneutered dogs until she is done her heat. She is too old and it would be too hard on her health.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: No, it's not too late to have her spayed. In fact, several breeders I know get their females spayed around five years of age to avoid health problems later on but still have time to finish them in the show ring and breed them. I followed their advice and had my Siberian Husky spayed at 5 years old.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Dogs hump to assert dominance, so the behavior itself isn't necessarily related to a heat as neutered dogs will also mount each other. However, intact females can become more dominant during a heat, so maybe.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is very helpful. Thanks. My daughter brought her female home with her and now the dog is in heat. ugh. The dog is about 5 years old. Is it to late to get her fixed? Cant stand this and from reading you site, I have weeks to go.

      Daughter tried a doggy pad but she just tears them up making even a bigger mess.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My rescue puppy had mange and has a lot of skin issues that are being resolved slowly. She will be approximately 6 months old next week and the vet wanted to delay spaying because of the stress and her skin conditions Our appointment is November 13 but I am just noticing the change (swelling) of her privates and am concerned that we may be too late. What to do? - No other symtoms yet.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      After a bitch has had puppies what is the average time before they have another season?

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      JennyBentle 5 years ago

      I always spay or neuter my pets. Seems like the best way to avoid this, am I right?

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      3penguin3 5 years ago

      Lou, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your female could very well be pregnant. Her bleeding period is the precursor to her 'getting pregnant' period. If she seemed to like any male dog within sniffing range, you may become a 'grandma' in just about 2 months.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks, for this information. You have given me some insight and informtion for which i did not have. i am a pet owner of three dogs and two of them are males. the female is currently in heat and the two males are crazy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can a dog get pregnant a week after she stops bleeding my dog locked in with the girl dog and then released but she finished her period a week before hand so idk

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you I have a small dog she is 15 years she is in heat she is a old dog can she have puppies she had 5 liters already but it has been a while. Her last liters she had one pup

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      MY 18 MONTH FEMALE KEEPS HUMPING MY MALE WE HAVE ONLY HAD HER FOR A WEEK BOTH DOGS ARE INTACKED DOES THIS MEAN SHE IS COMING INTO SEASON

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      3penguin3 5 years ago

      I love your site. I found much good information. I tried to provide answers to some of your readers' questions, with the knowledge I've gained over the years, and will come back here often when I have new questions of my own. I found you by accident, but will definitely come back by intention. Thank you!

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      3penguin3 5 years ago

      @anonymous: My boxer is 3 1/2 years old, has never had a litter, but yet remains slightly swollen and has maintained more prominent nipples. Our vet says she's perfectly healthy, and this is nothing to be concerned with. She is presently in heat now, and is more swollen than her 'new normal', so I will be paying attention to see what level she returns to; but at present, I still have been told there is no reason for concern. Hope this helps you.

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      3penguin3 5 years ago

      @anonymous: They don't. That's why it is best to get them spayed. And they are as uncomfortable going through a heat cycle as women are going thru menstruation, so you aren't doing them a favor by leaving them 'natural'.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It's a Jack Russell's nature to act like that naturally. I've had 2 (both unintentionally - my kids moved back home and brought them with, then moved out and left them). But all male dogs, even some that have been neutered, will respond to a female dog in heat that is anywhere in the immediate area. And by immediate area, it could be within a couple of blocks. The female puts out a scent that is carried on the air, and all males will pick up on it and try to find her and mate. So don't be surprised if your Jack Russell is trying to mate with everything in sight, even if it isn't a dog (female or otherwise). They're just a bit hardheaded that way. Presently have a male neutered chihuahua trying to mate my female Boxer, so I know the feeling. Good luck.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @bestmom1: Hope you marked it on your calendar. Now you'll be better prepared in about 6 months when she does it again. Good luck.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: A litter can range upwards of 10 pups. What do you plan on doing with the rest? There will be initial care, vet visits, first shots, etc., that will be necessary. Are you prepared for that expense? Are both your female and your friend's male pups registered with the AKC or CKC? Do they have champion bloodlines? By listing your purchase price, it appears you are, in fact, out to make money, otherwise, why not breed them, and donate the remaining pups to a guide dog training program? But back to their 'market value'. Their value is determined by many factors: are they registered; how good are their bloodlines; their physical appearance, both in bone structure and looks. This includes their markings and colorings. Are you going to sell them as family pets, or do you intend to sell them as possible show/competition animals? You should contact a local breed group near you, even one online, that is approved by the AKC, who can answer more of your questions. Shepherds are good guide and rescue dogs as well, so again, if you're insistent on breeding, please consider doing some good with your 'leftover' puppies.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my husky bitch is in season for the 2nd time only she seems to be a lot more restless and in pain biting at her tail and howling what can i do to help her

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I plan on waiting till she is 18 months or so and do not want anything to happen to her I love my dogs

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my female is 6 months old I have always had shepards but never females.She is a pure bred and my friend has a male purebred I think it is a waste not to mate her I'm not out to make money and have promised 3 pups to friends with the male taking the pick of the litter what would be a fair price?. I paid 700. for mine

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My female Springer Spaniel is bleeding even though her menstrus should definetely be over I'm concerned that she is still bleeding. Any thoughts or suggestion's? Also, she is throwing up. Maybe a UTI, or could she have eaten something bad. Just moved here a month ago. I dcon't have a lot of money, going through a divorce :(

      TIA

      Thanks, Renee

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You shiuldnt breed her if shes only in her second heat. Wait till 3rd or 4th in order to give her time to mature and fully develop if shes isnt mature enough she may abandon the pups or it could affect her hormones and health.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: YES AND IT COST MORE TO HAVE IT DONE..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There is a problem with your very first paragraph. A human female menstruating means she is NOT pregnant and is discarding the egg. A woman can only get pregnant while she is ovulating, which occurs about two weeks prior to menstruation. So a dog in heat is somewhat similar to a human female ovulating.

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      bestmom1 5 years ago

      My puppy of 8 months just went into heat. Had no idea what to do. I cried but I guess it's just nature.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      fantastic news ,thanks ,my dog is in heat for the second time and she is mating for the first time wth a first time male and there is a lot of blood ,do u think this is normal

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      do male jack russells go on heat ?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Approximately 1 week. Bleeding days very from dog to dog.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      how many days does a dog in heat bleed?

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      LoveToClean 5 years ago

      I am always on the lookout for good shedding tools... I think I'll have to try out the one you mention above :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can you have your dog spayed while she id in heat?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very very helpfull ty just wish i had read it be 4 i got a girl dog ty v m...deb

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      Very useful information for all dog owners, thanks for this informative lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey i was wondering at what age does a female dog stop going into heat all together? or do they ever??

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am amazed that you still recommend having a dog spayed before her first season. You do not mention how this can affect the dog. In fact i doubt if you have even thought about it. Or even know

      You may wish to read this http://www.doglistener.co.uk/neutering/neutering_d...

      I doubt you are a behaviourist and I doubt you have done any research on meutering dogs. Before giving the standard Mantra. It will be better for your dog and there is no need to wait until they are mature.

      Even wondered what the hormones are for. And even what they do?

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      Twilightstar54 5 years ago

      Hi, I have found all of your information extremely helpful 4 stars A+. I would like to make one comment. Most of the questions are very alike. I think people should read the questions and replys before they ask their question, to save time and worry.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my dog has just had her first heat, she finished bleeding a week ago. However she is still swollen and her nipples are pronounced more than normal.

      Im worried that she amy be pregnant, however I cant see how, as she was confined.

      is it normal to still be swollen and nipples more prominent?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have two female dogs in heat, they have always been the best of friends, now they can not be in the same room as they are both very aggressive and fighting violenting. Is this normal behavier and is it something they will get over when they are out of heat.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my 9 month lurcher pup is in season but have noticed my 2 and half yr female lurcher wont leave her alone, sniffing and body checking her a lot, is this normal?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: They sell doggie diapers which you can use for dogs when they are in heat. Some people also go the cheaper route and put little boys underwear on their dogs with a panty liner. Either works but will annoy the dogs at first. You just have to be persistant.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi am Patrick from Ghana,please can a male dog(DON) an Alsation crosses a female dog(TILLY) Which is also an Alsation?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nicely written. Thanks for the information.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My big female dog, a retreiver, is in heat and she's driving my small male dog crazy, a lhasa apso. He is not eating for 3 days now, he drinks water only. He has lost weight. Is this normal?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great site--can i stop heat with hormone therapy like people and menses

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i found this site to be very useful.my male dog is driving me an my female crazy.he wont eat an spends every waking moment licking or trying to hump her.she is very aggressive to him.im scared shes gonna hurt him,but was wondering if theres anything i can do for him.i know hes also going crazy for her

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My staffy is in heat at the moment and I have noticed her drinking more water than normal. Can this be normal????

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      european bulldog who has been bleeding from 3 weeks. She stopped bleeding for 2 days, then she started bleeding again, some blood has even trickled down her leg.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What do i do about the bleeding ,i have a pitbull she is in heat and i do not keep her outside ,i dont want to put her in a kennel for so many days .plz help

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What do i do about the bleeding ,i have a pitbull she is in heat and i do not keep her outside ,i dont want to put her in a kennel for so many days .plz help

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      how long do they bleed ?

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      JonTempleton 5 years ago

      Great lens! Such an important topic that many pet owners easily overlook.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my dog has come into seson twice and the last time was september and hasnt come into season yet is that normal

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      Aleayah 5 years ago

      Very informative and interesting lens. Thanks for sharing it