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Do dogs have periods? What to do during “heat”

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Your dog's cycles aren't called "periods" but "estrus cycles"

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Last Updated on April 23, 2021 by Jackie Castle


If you’re thinking about getting a female dog or already have a female dog, you might be wondering do dogs have periods? This is a valid question every dog owner needs to know the answer to. After all, it is related to your dog’s health and wellbeing.

Let me start of by saying that dogs don’t menstruate like women do. Also, these cycles aren’t called “periods” but it’s called an “estrus cycles”.

Also read: How To Tell If A Dog Is Pregnant?

Do dogs have periods?

The estrus cycle is also called the heat period of a dog. It happens every six months usually and it’s when there’s an increase in estrogen levels, then a sharp decrease, and then her ovaries release eggs. Your dog’s estrus cycles typically last three weeks but can range between two and four.

We have a very detailed article on the topic of dogs and periods, you can find it HERE.

In this article we’d like to focus on all the ways you can help your dog during heat.

Do dogs have periods and signs your dog is in heat
A guide to know when your dog is in heat

Also read: How long are dogs pregnant?

Caring for a dog in heat

Knowing how to take care of your female dog during heat is definitely very important. It’s not only important to know why and when your dog will go into heat, but also being prepared for it.

There are two very important things you should do when your dog is in heat:

  • Be mindful when with other dogs

When your dog is in heat she can become pregnant! It’s in a male dog’s nature to be able to sense when a female is in heat. They can even track your dog’s scent from a distance! So if you don’t want your dog to become pregnant, you’ll have to separate her from all males until the heat cycle has ended (two to three weeks).

  • Diapers and pads

Get diapers and pads for your dog! During heat, your female dog will bleed. You have to prevent your dog from bleeding all over your home. This is why it’s important to use a diaper until the bleeding has stopped.

The great thing is that there are multiple types of diapers for dogs in heat to choose from, including disposable and reusable ones!

Also, please never scold your pup if she happens to make a bloody mess, just calmly reassure her while you clean it up.

Also read: How To Tell If Your Dog Is Pregnant?

Conclusion

In conclusion, being informed and educated on your dog’s heat cycle and period is a sign that you’re a good owner. Your dog needs you to pay extra attention to them during this time. They will need a little more attention from you, and they’ll need to feel a bit more comfortable. Also, keep in mind that there will be some bleeding, so please don’t yell at your dog if accidents happen!

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