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Dog Heat Cycle
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Dog Heat Cycle

Oh no, you waited a bit too long and now your new dog who is barely more than a pup herself at six months old, has begun the dog heat cycle. No need for alarm. With a watchful eye and a lot of patience you can help your pet through her first dog breeding cycle. Believe it or not, with the help of my family we managed to get our dog through her cycle without getting pregnant, while living with a male dog who had not been neutered. He was not a happy boy and I would not recommend this but hey, stuff happens. All of this because I listened to an old wives tale which says, if you allow your pet to go through their first heat it makes a better dog. What nonsense, anyway here is the information that helped us through our pets first dog heat cycle.

Proestrus

To start with let's make sure that your pet is actually experiencing the beginning of female dog heat. The medical term for this is pro-estrus and the first sign your pet is about to start the dog heat cycle is that she will have a bloody discharge. During this time all of the male dogs she comes in contact with will be very interested in her, thus begins the courting stage. Although she is not having any part of it at yet, your female will enjoy all of the attention and turn quickly into a social butterfly. However,she will be sure to make her disapproval clear if he tries to go too far at this point. This part of the dog breeding cycle may last anywhere from four to twenty days . Keep in mind these times are general guidelines and there are many variations depending on dog, breed, and size.

Don't make the mistake of thinking your girl can't get pregnant during her first female dog heat because she definitely can and suitors will come from miles around. You must be very careful because although she is physically able to get pregnant this may have a poor outcome for her and the puppies. One of the most important dog breeding tips that I can give you is to never breed a dog who is too young. Some dogs begin their dog heat cycle as early as five months while others may be over a year old. If you are breeding dogs, pregnancy should be avoided until your pet is eighteen months or two years old.

Estrus

The next part of the dog heat cycle is called estrus. This is the time period when your dog can become pregnant and is more than willing to allow the male who has been standing wistfully by to breed her. This stage can last between five and thirteen days, again this time frame is general.Your mild mannered, all lady like pet is about to go through a personality transformation. If allowed, she will be extremely friendly with any male available.

She will rub up against him and raise her hind leg (just in case he missed the obvious scent that tells the dog world she is ready). Your female will prance around with her tail high in the air as if she is queen of the world. You will notice at this stage of the female dog heat cycle that your dogs vulva has become noticeably swollen. It is likely that the swelling began in the first part of the dog breeding cycle. This is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. However, your female may be very sensitive and protective of the area. The personality change you noticed is only temporary, don't worry your pet will return to her normal self soon enough.

During this phase it is very important to keep your dog confined to the house and away from all male dogs. This can be tricky especially if you are taking her for a walk. You must be very attentive, but it is important for your pet to continue to get regular exercise throughout the dog heat cycle. Keep in mind exposing your male dog to a female dog at this phase of her heat cycle can be very frustrating. Both the male and female are only doing what nature dictates.

Metestrus or Diestrus

Soon your pet will move into the next part of the female dog heat cycle called the metestrus or (diestrus) period after estrus or mating. This lasts sixty to ninety days unless your pet was breed If she was breed pregnancy will last between sixty and sixty-four days.

Anestrus

You have finally made is (sigh). Anestrus is the next stage of the dog breeding cycle which is a period of inactivity that will last between two and three months. Your pet can not get pregnant in this phase and has returned to her old self.

It is important to be a responsible pet owner and have your pet spayed or neutered. You really should do this before your pet experiences their first dog breeding cycle, although there are some who disagree. Allowing your dog to go through her first female dog heat cycle will not make her a better dog and this is nothing more than an old wives tale which is not supported with any scientific facts. Don't put yourself or your pets through their first dog breeding cycle, have them spayed.


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Thanks for taking the time to comment Shawn. I have been enjoying your football articles as well. I used to be a huge 49er fan back in the day. They were unbeatable. I haven't watched for awhile though and it doesn't take long to get out of touch.

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Thanks for this awesome information Jacklyn.

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Excellent article Jackelyn, information that a dog owner can make use in their time of need.

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