Is it normal for a male dog to not eat when a female is in heat?

Asked By: Joanny Kerluke
Date created: Tue, May 11, 2021 2:26 PM
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Breeding activity - There have been many cases of a male dog not eating when a female is in heat nearby.

Generally, the situation will resolve itself as the female passes out of her heat cycle, but if your dog has lost a dramatic amount of weight, it may help to tempt him with foods he is not usually allowed to have.

Answered By: Kane Johns
Date created: Wed, May 12, 2021 4:29 PM
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How long do I wait before taking my puppy outside? Vets recommend waiting until 10-14 days after your puppy's last vaccination booster – usually at around 14–16 weeks of age – before introducing them to the wonders of local parks, beaches and walking trails.

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On average, puberty (or sexual maturity) is reached at about six months of age, but this can vary by breed. Smaller breeds tend to have their first estrous cycle at an earlier age, while large and giant breeds may not come into heat for the first time until they reach eighteen months to two years of age.
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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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For most females, the best time for breeding is between the tenth and fourteenth day of estrus. However, some females ovulate as early as the third or fourth day or as late as the eighteenth day. Blood tests or vaginal cytology will assist in determining the best period for your dog.
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Persistent and incurable inability to eat, vomiting, signs of pain, distress or discomfort, or difficulty in breathing are all indications that euthanasia should be considered. You and your family know your dog better than anyone else, so try to make a reasoned judgement on his or her quality of life.
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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.

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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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