Your dog is in heat? What do you do now? How do you know if she is in heat? Why is she acting differently? I’ll answer some of the basic questions for you today.
DISCLAIMER: My GBGV Life is not a doctor or veterinarian. The information in this post has been gathered by My GBGV Life from professionals and our own research. Please consult with your own veterinarian before you make any decisions regarding your own pets.
To Spay Or Not To Spay
Have you had your dog spayed? Getting a dog spayed is not a decision to take lightly. I went through three or four heat cycles before I was spayed. There is a lot of research supporting not spaying dogs, or at least not until they have reached maturity. If you want more information on making that decision, check out a post I wrote about it last year. Madison is not spayed, and we don’t play to have her spayed in the near future. Depending on how she matures, we may opt to spay her in a few years.
Is My Dog In Heat?
What are some of the signs your dog is in heat?
- Frequent urination – you might think at first that she has a UTI.
- Excessive licking of her “private area”.
- Other dogs start taking a lot of interest in her back end.
- She may get bossy with other dogs.
- Often times females become more snugly with their humans.
- The vulva will quadruple in size, and be swollen looking.
- A discharge, clear, to blood, and back to clear.
- Some dogs go through heat yearly, some twice a year, it really depends on the dog and the breed.
Precautions To Take With A Dog In Heat
- Stock up on panties. Some dogs are clean and really don’t need panties, but things can get messy, and panties are often needed.
- Never let your dog run loose. She will seek out male dogs, and they will be sniffing their way to her.
- Definitely don’t take your dog to a dog park or daycare!
- Don’t leave your dog unattended in the yard. Male dogs will be going crazy to get to the female in heat. They may jump or climb a fence, or dig under.
- If you walk your dog, choose off times, and avoid routes where you run into other dogs.
- Many dog sports don’t allow dogs in heat to compete. Make sure you check before taking your dog to any of their sports.
- Some dog schools allow dogs in heat, some do not. Normally you get a class credit for classes you miss due to your dog being in heat.
- Keep your girl’s back end clean. A simple back end bath once a day will help keep her clean, and reduce the growth of any bacteria.
Mom doesn’t mind having Madison in heat. She is easy going, a bit bossy, but also keeps herself pretty clean. When I was in heat, I was a real mean girl. One reason I was spayed is because Mom couldn’t take my personality during that time any more. She calls it, “our time of the year”. As long as you know what is involved with a dog being in heat, and you take the precautions to prevent any male dogs from getting to her, we feel it is best to let a dog go through a few cycles before spaying.
That was a lot to think about but great information gang!
How about feral cats in panties? That would keep a person’s mind busy!
dogs and humans have a lot in common at this front :o) it’s also a challenge for the boys… one hot girl and our village has the same sound like a kraal in transilvania … howling wolves everywhere …
Better stay clear of our neighborhood for a couple weeks. 😉
Meagan & Merlin says
Very informative. I once had a dog who went through phantom pregnancies now and then.
I never did, and hopefully Madison won’t, but you never know.
Thanks for letting people know it’s really no big deal when a dog is in heat. I think some people are freaked out by it!
That’s kind of what we thought. It is so uncommon in the US, I don’t think people really know what is going on, or what to do, so we decided to post about it.
Jan K says
Since we’ll be much more cautious with spaying/neutering any future dogs early, it’s great to know what to expect if we get another female and wait like you are with Madison.
In the heat of the heat, for a few days we always think “ugh”, but it blows by quickly. She’s almost out of the panty stage already.
Good info. Interesting it’s only once or twice a year. For sone reason I thought it was more than that.
I think most dogs are twice a year, but we seem to be once a year which isn’t a big deal at all.
The Gang at LLB says
So much great info Emma! Since we travel so much we decided to get Rosy spayed at six months…But for our next sister, Mama has bookmarked both this and your earlier post!
Mom, Bailie, and Madison just traveled all weekend, no problem. The panties are only needed like two weeks, you do have to keep an eye on girls after that for another week or two, but it really isn’t bad.
Karen Meldrum says
Great info. We boys are now neutered( for different reasons), but Mom wants her next dog to be a girl, and it has been literally 60 years since she had an intact girl, so she is a bit out of the loop on the info you shared. Thanks! Chablis & Elbe
It really is not bad having a girl in heat. The hardest part it remembering to avoid other dogs for a couple weeks, but Madison and I only have one cycle a year, which makes it really easy.
Ruby and Kristin says
I have never had a dog in heat before so this was interesting. Had no idea that some dogs get crabby (or as you put it mean) when they are in heat.
I was really cranky when I was in heat. Madison is super happy, but she has been bossing Bailie around a lot the past couple weeks. That seems to be easing up now. As long as you know what to do, having a dog in heat is not a very big deal. In the US, most dogs are spayed, so people really don’t know what being in heat is all about.
M. K. Clinton says
We have only had one female dog and it was not a big problem. Thanks for sharing this information. A lot of people don’t know what to expect.
It is so common to spay a dog young here, that most never have seen or had a dog in heat. We are firm believers in waiting, and living with a dog in heat is not a big problem for us.
Jodi Stone says
I think it’s wise to wait a bit, until the dog matures. Good for Mom!
Delilah had one heat with us, and since she’d had a litter of puppies, we know she had two. I’m glad it worked out the way it did.
We hope to stick to just the being in heat with no puppies. Being in heat isn’t bad.