How can you tell if your dog is in heat?

Asked By: Cristopher Treutel
Date created: Sat, Dec 5, 2020 7:52 PM
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In the event that you want to breed your dog or prevent a pregnancy, there are noticeable signs that can alert you that your dog is in heat: First stage (proestrus).

Your dog's vulva will look swollen or larger than normal.

This is usually accompanied by a bloody vaginal discharge and she may urinate more often.

Answered By: Justyn Crooks
Date created: Sun, Dec 6, 2020 9:55 PM
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Although six months old is the average age of a dog's first heat, this can vary widely.

Some dogs can go into heat as young as four months, while larger breeds may be as old as two years before their first heat.

Responsible breeders never breed a dog on her first or even her second heat.

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The estrus cycle has four stages.

The first stage is called proestrus.

This lasts approximately 10 days and it is during this stage that your dog will bleed from the vaginal area.

This is your dog's preparation for pregnancy phase, but she will not want to mate with a male during this time.

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Do you let your dog sleep in your bed with you at night? Research has shown that slightly less than one-half of all pet owners share their bed or bedroom with their pet.

Even so, you have likely been told by at least one well-meaning person that your dog should sleep on the floor, in his crate, or in his own bed.

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Research has shown that slightly less than one-half of all pet owners share their bed or bedroom with their pet.

Even so, you have likely been told by at least one well-meaning person that your dog should sleep on the floor, in his crate, or in his own bed.

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Take your dog to the veterinarian if you notice the following signs:

  1. Frequent urination.
  2. Breaking housetraining.
  3. Blood in the urine.
  4. Dribbling urine.
  5. Crying out while urinating.
  6. Straining to urinate.
  7. Frequently or obsessively licking the genital area.
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Heat usually lasts between 2-4 weeks.

Early in the cycle, a female dog may not be receptive to male dogs, although some are receptive through the entire cycle.

It can be shorter or longer and you'll know the cycle is over when all her vulva returns to its normal size and there's no more bleeding or discharge.

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Go ahead and sleep with your dog—it's perfectly safe, as long as you are both healthy.

In fact, sharing your bedroom with your canine companion—as long as he isn't under the covers—may actually improve your sleep, according to recent research published by Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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