A female dog going into heat is a milestone for every pet parent. Dogs in heat can cause a range of excitement and panic and a lot of questions, too!
"Just like how a woman gets her monthly menstruation, the heat cycle will continue all throughout your female dog's life"
But what does it really mean when your female dog is 'in heat' and what are the things you can do to manage this properly?
What is a dog 'in season"?
A dog 'in season' is a dog who is experiencing her heat cycle. This is the time where your female dog is most fertile (and sometimes the best time to breed her, given she's mature enough). Just like how a woman gets her monthly menstruation, the heat cycle will continue all throughout your female dog's life.
What behaviors to look for?
Your female dog exhibits fairly obvious symptoms when she's almost near her heat. If you keep watch of her most of the time, you will notice the many body and behavioral changes she will undergo.
Swelling. Observe your dog’s private area. If she is about to go into heat, her vulva will begin to swell. Simply take a look at her back end, a swollen vulva will be very noticeable.
A lot of licking. You will notice that she will keep on licking her vulva.
What to expect with dogs in heat?
With your dog being in heat also comes the things you should expect.
Discharge. Expect that there will be discharge. Female dogs going into heat will bleed. Typically, one week after the vulva begins to swell, you should notice the bleeding that will approximately last for 10 days. The discharge can range in color from deep red to pink to white, depending on the dog. Your dog will be fertile about 12 days after the bleeding slows and gets thinner and lighter.
Washable Dog Diapers will come in handy because while in heat, female dog will bleed everywhere. This means blood can and will get on your couch, carpet, floor, and furniture; a recipe for disaster. She will also bleed for a number of days and washable dog diapers can just be reused instead of using the disposable ones that can only add up to a larger pile of trash in your home.
Putting a diaper on when you notice the signs so that the first drips are caught in the diaper is also recommended instead of finding them later to know it's time for the diaper.
Frequent urination. Pay attention to how often your dog is urinating. When female dogs are ready to breed, they will urinate more frequently than normal. So, if your dog is begging to go out more often or having accidents in the house, this is another sign she is getting close.
When this happens, it can be an extremely frightening time, as you will feel helpless in preventing the mess from happening at any moment. Washable dog diapers will give you peace of mind knowing that any mess will be prevented from happening in your home.
Male dogs lurking around. At a certain point, your female dog will begin to give off a distinct smell that will signal non-neutered males. If you start to notice male dogs around your yard, or they are accosting you when you are walking your female dog, it is more than likely she is in heat and ready for breeding. During this time, be careful to not leave your dog unattended in your yard or walk her off the lead. Keep her close and safe.
You can also let your female dog wear dog diapers as this will cover her private area.
And even if there are male dogs lurking around her, it can prevent penetration and can't be easily shredded into pieces; a great pregnancy prevention!
Helping manage your dog in heat should be a wonderful experience. Make sure to watch your dog closely, look for these signs, and give her some extra love and attention.
Pet Parents® offers the widest selection of female dog diapers online so you can keep your house clean during “that time.”
"Putting a diaper on when you notice the signs so that the first drips are caught in the diaper is also recommended instead of finding them later to know it's time for the diaper."