Female Dog Heat Symptoms

by admin on July 17, 2010

Your female dog is a living creature, specifically she is a mammal. And just like any other female mammals on earth, just like women, your dog also undergoes the so called ‘female dog heat symptoms‘ at some times in her life.

The heat cycle process is a way to send signal to male dogs around the block, that she is ready for the mating season. After noting it, you may react violently, or you may be happy for your female canine friend, because at last, she can give birth to more puppies that you wanted most.

You should be aware of the signs and symptoms of the heat cycle in order to take care of your female dog at this point of her life means. Knowing such will alert you in making a decision if you want your dog to bear puppies or not.

The heat cycle period happens every six months, and it will last for twenty-one days or for about three weeks. And within that time span, there will be only two to three days when she will actually be ready to have her eggs fertilized by a sperm.

The first set of symptoms that she will probably manifest includes licking her external reproductive organ, or the vulva. It is so frequent that oftentimes you will be annoyed why she does that. There will be swelling of her vagina, so you will notice that there is an increase in its size.

After which, she will experience bleeding from her vagina, similar to female persons undergoing their menstrual period. The bleeding sign is also called the ‘spotting,’ and there will be dark red bloody discharges noted. It will be quite profuse, but as the days go by, the amount will be lessened, and the color of the discharges will turn to a lighter shade of red.

As she is getting ready for the perfect time of mating, you will notice that her tail will not be in a normal angle. She will bend it to either left or right side in an unusual manner. Moreover, you will also detect that she empties her bladder or urinates frequently. This female dog heat symptom will alert you the most, especially if you don’t want her to bear puppies yet, because urinating from spot to spot means that she is giving a ‘Go’ signal for male dogs to mate with her. So if you took her out at the park and she urinated everywhere, expect a lot of male dogs to visit her more frequently at your home.

If you want to confirm the heat cycle of your dog, you should try to visit a veterinarian to confirm the changes taking place in her. The veterinarian can also assist you on what to expect during this time, and what you can do about it. He can even make some examinations that will tell you when is the best time for your dog to mate during the course heat cycle.

These are the most common female dog heat symptoms that you should be aware of. Don’t panic if your dog starts to scatter dark red spots around your home, because she is only undergoing a normal physiological process all female mammals are going through.

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Jamaal October 3, 2011 at 3:59 am

Will my two dogs try to mate they are brother and sister they have been raised together since day one I have been very careful of them lately im just worried that they may mate. I need someones opinion or state or even a story about there dog!

admin October 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Once your dogs reach maturity they will not know/care that they are siblings and they will try to mate. You will definitely have to get at least one if not both of them fixed. If you are only able to fix one I would suggest the female, otherwise it’s healthier for both of the animals to get fixed (the sooner the better). It lower risks of developing certain cancers later in life. Good Luck

DeAnna October 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Hello~
She had her heat in July. Now, I am noticing her tits are swollen like it building either milk or her menstenual cycle. Is that normal? She been eating grass and not eating her dog food much. I am concern for her.

admin October 14, 2011 at 3:43 am

It’s pretty common for a female dog to have swollen nipples after a menstrual cycle and from a pregnancy. There honestly are a lot of common symptoms between a dog in heat and one that could be pregnant. It is also common for a pregnant dog to experience “morning sickness” at the beginning of a pregnancy which can cause a lack of appetite, but just like people these symptoms can vary depending on the dog. Some questions you should ask yourself are: Has you’re dog been around other males dogs since July? Is her abdomen swollen at all? How long has she had these symptoms? I would definitely keep a close eye on any changes with all her physical and behavior changes and would take her to the vet if anything becomes worrisome or the symptoms continue.
http://dogsymptoms.org/pregnant_dog_symptoms.html

corey frank October 17, 2011 at 6:07 am

my dog is going through her first heat is it normal for her to pant alot

Sara October 17, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Will my female dog tempature rise before she goes in heat. Have a male dog in house and made arrangement for my female to stay while in heat and just waiting and dont want it to be too late getting my female out of the house before its too late.

Maria October 20, 2011 at 1:24 am

Hi, my female puppy has been humping other puppies, and she is only 8 months. How would I know that her vulva is swollen? I can’t really tell.

amanda October 20, 2011 at 3:49 am

my dog also has her first heat cycle and she is spotting. my question is how long does she spot? also i had her at the park the other day and she attacked a male dog that was coming close is that normal?

admin October 21, 2011 at 6:17 am

Yes a females temperature will rise when she ovulates.

BECKIE October 22, 2011 at 3:59 am

is it normal for two female dogs that has been raised together come in heat at the same time

admin October 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm

A female dog can stay in heat between 3-4 weeks. She’ll spot for a week and something a little longer. Male dogs will be very curious with her so her behavior isn’t abnormal. I would keep her separated from other males dogs for at least 3 weeks.

admin October 23, 2011 at 12:05 am

Yes it is common, this can cause some aggression between the two so I would watch out for that.

admin October 23, 2011 at 4:19 am

For one thing it would be a bright pink or red in color.

Annie October 24, 2011 at 4:01 am

How long do their private area stay swollen and is that normal…

admin October 24, 2011 at 4:20 am

It can last up to 3-4 weeks.

Alison October 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I just adopted a 4 year old Min Pin. She began her heat cycle last week. I haven’t seen any blood yet. I did start seeing some small poops here and there in my house (even in my bed a couple of times) which she doesnt normally do. Is this related? Also, can she get spayed while she is in her heat cycle? She’ll be at the end of her third week by the time her spay appointment comes.

Preston Smith October 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Thanks so much, my dog will defeinitely love this.

John October 28, 2011 at 10:53 pm

My female yorkie isn’t spotting nor showing signs of being in heat, but my male is trying to mount her none stop. What is really going on?

Wiley October 28, 2011 at 10:56 pm

My male chihuahua teeth chatter after sniffing my aunts female poodle, is this normal behavior ?

Patrick October 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

My bitch German shepard cross has been in season for two weeks. She has been loosing a watery/bloody discharge for all of this time and appears to suffer pain if you touch her tummy, she has also started to get a stiff/painfull leg, is this normal or could it be something more serious she is other wise in good health?

admin November 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm

The pooing is most likely related to her heat cycle. Yes, you can get your dog fixed while she’s in heat. There will be an increased blood supply to the fallopian tubes and uterus which can give a higher risk of complications, but your vet may or may not ask for you to wait until her cycle is over.

admin November 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm

You said she’s not showing sings of being in heat, so it sounds like she isn’t fixed yet. That being said even if she is, it’s pretty common for this to happen. If could be because the male isn’t fixed or just as a sign of dominance over the female.

admin November 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm

This is actually quite common. Most often I’ve heard of teeth chattering after licking themselves or smelling a female in heat. It’s said to be after they smell/lick something gross that they don’t like. Sometimes they will also foam in the mouth a little to “wash” out bad tastes.

admin November 1, 2011 at 9:15 pm

It’s common for them to have some discomfort, but it seems like there might be something more serious going on, especially since she’s have so much pain that is also coming from the leg. I would take her into a vet.

Britney November 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm

The tips of my dog’s vagina is a bright red, almost like it could have some sort of irritation or infection. She has not yet had her first heat, and I was wondering if this could be a sign that she will be starting soon?

autumn November 5, 2011 at 2:28 am

hi I have a 7 month old pitbull and she is in heat. I see her area is very swollen and I know that is normal but she is swollen from her vagina up to her anus. Its very swollen. Is that normal too?

Michelle Erickson November 7, 2011 at 7:31 am

My palm is 6 months old is it safe for her to become pregnant?

xyz November 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm

what about physical activity like runnig,playing witha ball ect during menses?my dog asks for it?what to do?

Michael November 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm

How many weeks will stay when u dog is in heat before mating

Michael November 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Hw will u know that ur dog is ready for mating and getting pregnant

admin November 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm

This could be a symptom of either. Check to make sure there isn’t any yellowish discharge in or around the area, this could indicate an infection that you will need to take her into the vet for antibiotics. If this isn’t the case I would assume she’s going to be starting her heat soon.

admin November 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

It is not uncommon to have swelling in both the vulva and anus during heat. This could also be a sign of inflamed anal glands, which can be expressed by your vet or groomer.

admin November 16, 2011 at 6:50 pm

No, it is not safe for her to become pregnant. It’s safe to breed after she is at least 2-3 years of age.

admin November 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm

There isn’t any harm is letting your dog be active during her heat cycle. The only concern is if you are taking her around other dogs, she will bring more attention from those who want to breed and/or start a fight.

admin November 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm

A dog will remain in heat anywhere from 2-3 weeks. Your dog is able to get pregnant any time during her heat cycle.

admin November 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm

A dog is able to get pregnant at her first heat cycle if she has bleed. Her cycle will last anywhere from 2-3 weeks, at which she can get pregnant at any time. As far as the age of the dog, it is safest to wait until they are at least 2 years of age.

Amanda November 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Can a dog skip her heat? How Long between heats? My dog was supposed to hit her second heat in October, could she just be running behind? she has a few symptoms, the constant licking and she is got the starting of the swollen vagina. we want to breed her this heat and just wondering if she skipped it.

roger November 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm

my boston terrier is going thru her heat cycle and i noticed that her mandibular glands are swollen. this is her third time being in heat and i’ve never noticed the glands the other two times. could it be possible they are swollen from her being in heat? or might it be another problem?

admin November 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

It could be possible that your dogs is in heat and just isn’t bleeding. If your dog does not bleeding during her heat cycle she will not be able to conceive.

admin November 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Is she having any other symptoms? Lethargy, vomiting, loss in appetite. Swelling usually occurs during some sort of infection.

roger November 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

other than being in heat she has no other symptoms. the heat cycle is just about done so i was just going to wait alittle bit longer to see if the glands go back to normal. but if they don’t i guess i’ll just take her to the vet. thank you for the response.

Holly November 23, 2011 at 4:54 am

My almost 8 year old spayed poodle still goes into heat. She is in heat right now and is peeing in my house, on my couch, in other places when she goes potty outside. We have a 6 month old yorkie-poo bitch who hasnt had her first heat yet but my older poodle acts very frustrated with her when she is in heat. Could the peeing be from the heat cycle?

admin December 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Yes, this is common when you’re dealing with a multiple dog household when one is in heat. Getting her fixed sooner than later will help stop this behavior before it becomes a severe habit.

Jennifer December 3, 2011 at 1:03 am

I have a 6mo old Min Pin in heat. I also have a 2 year old boxer that got fixed about 6 months ago. When we leave for work, we put them in a kennel together in the shop. Do I need to worry about them being together while we are at work, or will they be ok since he is fixed?

jim December 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm

My 10 mo old min aussie was spayed on thurs the following tues shes showing signs of being in heat. Is this possible? Should she be rechecked? Will she need to have the surgery again?

lisa December 10, 2011 at 1:46 am

My Bichon/yorkie is in her 2nd heat. She is a little over a year old. I’m concerned because she seems so depressed. Head down avoiding us n sleeping a lot. She doesn’t seem to be eating very much either. Do dogs get PMS symptoms? Could she be upset that we r keeping her close (she keeps running to the neighbors dogs). She’s a tiny (3lb) so we do not want any male dogs around her. Thanx in advance.

veronica December 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm

hi my bitch is due for season around 24th dec infact next week but shes started being sick during the night and here food comes up this has never happend befor could you advice me if its normal also shes being very playfull shes not usually like this thank you.

Sandy December 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm

My dog just went into heat and she had thrown up twice. Is this normal?

admin December 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm

It’s always best to keep them separated, but honestly it’s just different for every dog. Use your best judgement on characteristics they’ve shown in the past.

latasha December 25, 2011 at 6:03 pm

my dog got pregnant while on her period will she contiue to be on her period

Lori December 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Hello, I have a 7month old pitbull. She has gone into heat and luckly my dad just took our St. Benard to his shop. She has gotten really swollen and it’s concerning me because it looks like a ball is coming out of her. Is this normal?? When can I get her fixed because I don’t want her to have puppies?? Thank you

Paige December 29, 2011 at 5:00 am

My dog is 4months and is now having symptoms of being in heat. What is the typical age for a dog to get the period?

claude December 29, 2011 at 11:03 am

Can u bath your dog during heat?

john December 29, 2011 at 11:08 am

can u bathe ur dog during heat?

irene January 1, 2012 at 11:12 am

my 6 month old Labrador puppy is not eating her usual dry food , we had lots people over for Christmas and she had a lot of treats but even then she was eating regularly, then after Christmas we took her to my parents house for a couple of days and they have another female Labrador , they played a lot , but she started not eating much her food any more . now we are back home I was hoping she will go back to normal, but she still not eating . I’m not sure if she’s ill or picky or in season. she did lick her vulva for a bit last night , not blood yet , but did pee a lot at my parent’s .

Patti January 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I realized my 4mth York Terr was in heat as she started humping my arm. She’s not around other dogs, so she wont be able to release that frustration she’s got going on….. how does she release all that energy, not on my arm? She’s only 3lbs, I’m scared of other dogs hurting her…. is that possible? I’m paranoid cause of her size….. how do I help her?
Do I punish her when she humps people??

Nadia January 4, 2012 at 9:35 am

My dog gave birth to a pup in august 2011… the puppy starts humping already. my question is will he hump his mother? cause she’s in heat right now

Thank you

erin January 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

How long do swollen breast tissue usually last after the heat cycle

Naomi January 7, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I have a 6 month chihuahua mix. She has her area swollen but no blood she is mostly happy and playful but now she is always sleeping. I try feding her and she doesnt eat mush, I have tryed her favorate snack and nothing. Other thing her back leg muscles and shaking a lot. Im scared, this is not normal then what is it?

daisy January 11, 2012 at 2:59 am

my dog is not acting as playful as she does and not eating her food but will eat table food. She just lays around is this normal.

Monique January 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm

My dog is 9 months old and she is now in heat for the first time. She threw up twice yesterday and once today. Is that a normal symptom of her being in heat?

Tiaria January 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm

My 2 year old female dog is humping my father’s feet especially when he is wearing black sock.what could this mean.

marie January 20, 2012 at 8:11 am

i have a 7 yr old min Dotson female and she had never been bred would it hurt her to be got now

Melody January 23, 2012 at 12:55 am

How young can a dog go into heat? My female pup is about 4 or 5 months and there is a male dog in the house also.

Tiffany January 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Hi. My 7 month old mixed breed puppy is in heat (I know for sure because she is spotting, licking herself, urinating more & starting to wonder (a little)- which is something she doesn’t do). I have no intention of breeding her or allowing her to become pregnant, & will be getting her spayed ASAP. I’ve noticed she’s been a little aloof over the last day or two, not as interested in playing with us, or has “happy go lucky” as she usually is. I understand (from previous info you have provided) that it’s typical for females to be a bit moody during estrus, but will this permanent change her temperament? Our last dog was spayed before her first heat, so I never had to experience this.. I am also wondering if there is anything I can provide her (nutritionally) that will help her through her cycle. Maybe make it less uncomfortable & help to replenish the her body?
Thank you for all your help.

Saarch January 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm

My dog is in heat and has a swollen vagina and anus. My dog tail also bends to the side if I touch anywhere near her lower back legs and surrounding area. She will stop whatever she is doing and will just freeze when I check. I have to check around those areas as she seems to be in pain and And has been Crying out (likes when a dog wants attention). I first noticed it when she was licking her lips and then started drooling ever couple of hours or so. Is the tail bending to side and staying bent while touched around there normal for a dog in heat

Thanks

nicole January 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm

my small dog is in her first heat. everything seems normal but it seems ike she is drinking alot more waater… is this normal?

Renan Pinto January 27, 2012 at 3:28 am

my 1 year old beagle had menstruation early week of january but after 16 days of spotting, i noticed she had a thick yellowish discharge this fast few days. Is it normal?thanks

chimi January 27, 2012 at 7:56 pm

My 1 yr frenchie is going through her second period. This time around she is acting really horny and annoyingly CRAZY. I don’t have a male dog for her to breed with and have not ‘spayed’ her yet. Is she in any pain or discomfort? How do I help her?

don January 28, 2012 at 2:29 am

10mo old yorkie poo katie had her first cycle 2 weels of bleedig form heavy to none third week done compleetly bu her niple s and breast are still swollen 24 days total from the start – will they go down -

Claudia January 29, 2012 at 4:21 am

My 2 yr old dachshund is in heat and is vomiting and has diarrhea. Isa this normal???? Other than being moody, she’s acting like herself.

marlene January 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I have a 6 year old (soon to be 7) boxer/lab mix. theres a red/light pinkish bulge coming out of her ‘reproductive organ’. is this the vulva?

Tiny January 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Hi,
My bitch is on heat and has mated with my sons dog, who is living with me at present. She has accepted him 3 times but is now attacking him if he goes any where near her. Is this normal?.

Sarah January 31, 2012 at 12:10 am

We just had our one year old pit/boxer mix spayed. She was in heat. She was not really bleeding too much when she had the procedure but it has been a few days and she is bleeding again, more like she was before. She also seems to walk around the yard to squat to pee but doesn’t other than the first time. Is this normal?

cassie February 2, 2012 at 4:15 am

My 8 month old basset has been showing some signs of being in heat. The warm temp, constantly licking, peeing often, vomiting at times but no real signs of blood. She has, it almost looks dirty, on her girly parts which too look a little swollen. Just no blood so to speak? I’m a little worried about it. Does this sound normal?

Anthoney February 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm

my dog is 11 months and on her cycle…but her nipples are showing more too is that also part of the cycle.

Donna February 5, 2012 at 4:12 am

My 2 year old dog is spotting like she is heat, which is pretty much on time from her last heat cycle. But this time she is peeing on my carpet and asking to go out non stop. Is this normal for a dog in heat or is something more wrong?

Lynn February 5, 2012 at 7:30 am

I have a 3yr old Border Collie and I believe she’s been on her period since 12-9-11 or she stopped & started again. She’s normally regular with her cycle and this is not normal for her. What should I do?

abby February 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm

my dog lola keeps humping other male dogs and she’s only 1 year old

abby February 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm

whos dog is a bichon frise boy dog

Rose February 13, 2012 at 1:49 am

Hi my 7 month English Bulldog is in heat.. Is it ok to take her for walks??

naomi February 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm

my dog is 3 i have only had her three months she has been in season for 23 days and the bleeding is not getting lighter its getting heavier

Keira February 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I have a three year old Rough Collie/ German Shepard mix. I have not seen her go into heat. I have male dogs in the three yards surrounding ours and they have not acted any different then normal. Also she is kenneled at night and I have never seen any blood. Is this something I should be concerned about. She is healthy otherwise. She had Parvo as a puppy could that have effected her heat cycle?

Jennifer February 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Do dogs ever age out of going into heat? Our Pitbull mix is 10 years old and I think is going into heat again.

Sylvia Gratton February 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Hi, I have a female Heinze 57 and I am concered about her. She has started ‘spotting’ all over my kitchen. I initially thought it was her teeth, but since have realised she has a swollen VAGINA! I can barely look and have had my daughter investigate bare handed. I think her mandibular glands are swollen, is this a problem? Her teeth always chatter when she sniffs my sisters…female colly, I am unsure this is correct and I am scared for her long term health please help…
P.S she has also pooped in my bed…

Harley February 18, 2012 at 2:21 am

My dogs tits are starting to get hard and she just got out of her first heat and she is an inside dog but she goes outside to do her business so im not sure if another dog might have gotten ahold of her or not but if she’s pregnant will it kill her?

Lashuante February 22, 2012 at 7:08 am

Hi my question is is it normal for a female pitbull to be a year old and not had one heat cylce yet. They usually go in the first time between 6 -8 months but shes a year and hasnt gone in yet is this bad. Does it mean shes ok to breed on first heat because shes over a year.

rowena February 24, 2012 at 11:13 am

Hi my 2 and a half year old border collie is showing some syptoms of being in heat again but has started licking her mouth a lot and her mouth seems a bit dry, is this common?

a baxter February 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm

my shitz zo 4 yr old is in heat now for 2-3 weeks, this past week she has been laying on her belly stretched out and is whining very bad, her last heat cycle didnt seem to be make her whine so much whats wrong? Cant find any answers

a baxter February 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm

why is my dog whining all the time, she is in her 2-3 wks into her cycle she lays stretched out long ways and just whines still she falls asleep. she is 4 yrs old and i dont recall her acting this way before. this will be her last heat cycle. iam getting her spayed next month. please tell me what is wrong or is this normal

Theresa February 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm

My dog is in heat and I am thinking its in the last stages of it. will this mess with her tummy, she is going potty in her crate when she never does.

jr March 3, 2012 at 2:18 am

Does a dog ever get to an age that she can not get pregnant?
My twoz females are approaching 13 yrs old.

janice March 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm

my dog is a four year old lab and she is not spayed. She is going through her heat cycle for about17 days now, she has symptoms of loss of appitite, some vomitimg and lethargy. I took her to the vet about six days ago. The vet said last week that she was about mid point in her heat cycle. She is still not eating her dog food has to be coaxed to drink and seems to be lethargic , Should I be concerned that there is more going on besides the heat cycle?

Brandon Tomlinson March 14, 2012 at 12:33 am

Hello, my 3 year old lab/beagle mix has for the past 3 days now been acting itchy irritated, almost looks like dandruff on her coat, witch i was and am worried she might have gotten battery acid on her and or sat in it. I did bath her for 20 minutes the other day just in case, today she has the dry, dandruff like coat again shes in heat for the 5,6,7 time now, vulva really swollen, 3inch blood spray sometimes, while she was sleeping i noticed her anus looked red kinda raw and was pulsing “opening and closing” very disturbing and i am concerned for my baby cloey, she hasnt been eating dog food, she will eat table scraps, she lazy in the house but will get energetic and play outside normal . She has had 5 litters now in her life, in witch im upset and concerned for her future health. i dont know what is normal and what is not with these symptoms, any help you may be is greatly GREATLY appreciated

Cindy March 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Our dog is going through her first heat cycle. She has not wanted to eat today, which is very un-like her. Is it normal to experience a loss of appetite?

angela marshall March 17, 2012 at 9:09 pm

my bitch is 5 lately she has been going into season every 2 mnths wats wrong?

Ani March 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I have blue heeler that half way done with her first heat cycle. I just notice a dark spot on her vulva is this part of her heat cycle or should I be worried?

Katie March 28, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I raised two GR sisters since they were 6 weeks (they were ‘gifts’) and I have not had them spayed. I bred one of them and she has had a litter of seven. I know it’s normal for the one who has not gotten pregnant to be lactating as well as the mother, but I noticed she has been drooling a lot suddenly, as well as clacking her lower jaw repeatedly. I checked and she does not have a broken jaw. But today she started licking her vulva excesssivly and growling at my male. Strange question, but could her sister’s litter trigger her heat cycle? If not, what could be wrong?

CARLY March 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm

my pup is 10 months old and has had a season a month ago, now she is very down and aggressive to my cats, she normally gets on very well with them, also she is not very cuddly at the min and seems very downm she is ok on walks though. Is this a phantom pregnancy? do i need to do anything?

Theresa April 4, 2012 at 2:57 am

My dog went into heat late February…the bleeding part….her nipples have become dark, is that ok? She doesn’t look pregnant but could that still be a possiblity? And she has been really protective and a little aggressive…she is almost 3 and she is a terrier mix of some sort

jay April 7, 2012 at 12:10 am

My dog is 4 old virgin an I jus got another dog for her to have a friend an I want to know can she have babies even though she’s 4

Anna April 10, 2012 at 12:11 am

I was wondering if sign could be that the male dog of the house keeps sniffing the female, we think she could be coming into heat but haven’t witnessed any other signs or symptoms , could this be a sign?

Regina Swann April 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

My female Cavalier King Charles has just begun her 4th heat cycle she will be 3 years old in October – I’ve noticed that her cycle is much heavier this time in comparision to previous cycles – is this normal or something that I should be worried about?

Mary April 12, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I was given a 9 year-old poodle. She’s usually very active and happy, but yesterday, after grooming, she looked sad and not very playful. I noticed that her vulva was very swollen, and she kept licking it a lot. She walks slowly and is very quiet. She doesn’t seem to have any pain and is eating fairly well, drinking water, and urinating often. Could this be a symptom that she is going into heat? What symptoms should I be on the lookout for an infection?

Rodney April 13, 2012 at 3:03 am

I have a six month old German Shepard she has recently been vomiting what do i do or is it her first heat cycle?

desiree stewart April 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm

My dog had her first cycle already and it’s been about 2 months and her vulva is still swollen. Her niples are swollen also tell me what u think

AnnA April 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm

The info was very helpful. I have a yorkie/chic mix.

Marcus White April 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm

My pit is nine months old and I just noticed that she is giving off a slight odor and her private area appears to be a bit swollen. Is it normal during a heat cycle to have an odor?

admin April 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm

It is completely normal for a dog to produce a distinct odor while in heat. This odor is meant to attract males for up to miles away. Using baby wipes or a wet cloth to clean the area several times a day will help reduce the smell and keep other male dogs at bay.

admin April 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

2 months is a long time for a dog to have physical signs from her heat cycle. Could it be that she is pregnant? After a heat cycle which can last up to 5 weeks with signs and a pregnancy will last an additional 2 months after that.

admin April 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm

If your dogs vomiting is a product of her heat cycle this is something to be concerned with. It is not considered a symptom of heat but instead can be related to an infection or other complication. It could be unrelated to her heat cycle and be something associated with changes her food, etc. If vomiting continues to occur medical attention is necessary.

admin April 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

These are signs of a heat cycle, if she is otherwise acting normal there is probably no cause for alarm. Other symptoms to look for include: swelling of the vulva, blood discharge, behavioral changes around both male and female dogs. Infection will usually present themselves in a yellowish discharge or with pain associated with urinating, etc. If this is a concern of your keeping the area clean by washing her with a warm cloth can be a good idea.

admin April 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Like with women heat cycles can change in flow. If she is showing any unusual signs of discomfort or illness you may want to seek medical attention but otherwise this change in flow can be completely normal.

admin April 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm

During proestrus, the first phase of the heat cycle, the hormone estrogen is on the rise which will cause behavioral changes in males. During this part of the cycle the female will develop a swollen vulva and bloody discharge. She will not allow mating during this time. The sniffing can be a result of rising estrogen levels or it could just be normal dog behavior. Watch for any signs of heat so you can protect against unwanted pregnancies.

admin April 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

If you have not spayed your dog she has a chance of becoming pregnant. Dogs can have puppies after getting their first heat cycle at around age 6 months all the way into their senior years (although not recommended).

admin April 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm

changes in nipples are normal. It is also normal for her to have some behavior changes in regards to not letting others near her. This will usually pass anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks. After that time it will be important to keep her from other males who she will then want to mate with.

admin April 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm

These signs can be a product of many different reasons. Most likely they could be signs of the estrus phase which occurs after the heat cycle in which they are looking to mate. This could create tension with the cat in your house. Continue watching for any signs of pregnancy or behavioral changes in the estrus cycle.

admin April 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Yes this is possible. It is likely that the jaw chattering can usually occur after licking oneself, this is common. Growling at the male is a common sign of being in the proestrus stage of the heat cycle. I would keep close eye between your dogs during this time as tension may rise.

admin April 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Discoloration of the vuvla can be normal. If there is any change in behavior or pain associated seek medical advice.

admin April 27, 2012 at 4:05 pm

This is something that is not common and that she should be examined for by a veterinarian.

admin April 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Yes it can be completely normal for a dog to experience a loss in appetite. Make sure she is still staying hydrated and this appetite change does not persist.

admin April 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm

The fact that your dog is 3 years old and has already had 5 litters can really put a lot of stress on a body. This stress puts her at risk for future complications and a predisposition to develop ovarian and breast cancers. If she was exposed to battery acid it’s a possibility that she may have also licked some as well. Her symptoms of nothing eating/drinking/changing in genitals could be from poisoning. If she sat in the battery acid it is best to wash her with sensitive shampoo meant for dogs, using human hair shampoo will aggravate the already sensitive area. Getting your dogs to a veterinarian right away can help protect her from any long term damage done to the skin or internal organs. Spaying her is also a good idea. Having so many litters is not healthy and can be prevented. There are low cost spay clinic is many cities, they can be found by calling local vet offices and pet stores. If this is not an option that you are willing to do, putting your dog in a diaper during ovulation 5-13 days after her heat cycle and bleeding stops can help prevent unwanted pregnancies. I hope this information helps you and cloey can make a full recovery.

admin April 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm

It’s not that common for a dog in heat to vomit. She’s also experiencing a longer than usual heat cycle. It could be just that your dog is experiencing symptoms more easily that others. To be safe i would look around your house to make sure she hasn’t gotten into anything poisonous or items she could have swallowed. If she stops drinking water I would take her back in immediately, otherwise a loss in appetite and lethargy are common symptoms of the heat cycle.

admin April 27, 2012 at 6:26 pm

This depends on the individual dog, some dogs have gotten pregnant at age 15.

admin April 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Yes going through heat can give a dog nausea.

admin April 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm

If she is 2-3 weeks into her cycle is likely starting the phase called estrus. What this means is that blood flow will decrease and she is going to start ovulating. Her behavior could be from discomfort or behavioral (wanting to seek out a mate). Observing her you can make the judgement. If she seems in an abnormal amount of pain a veterinarian can prescribe mild pain relievers.

admin April 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

She could be experiencing complications. If her pain is abnormal you can see a veterinarian who can prescribe mild pain relievers.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm

She could be licking her mouth after licking her privates. Dogs will usually do this when they have a taste in their mouth they don’t like. This is pretty common behavior for females in heat.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm

If she hasn’t had her heat cycle than she will not be able to breed. It is not recommended to breed a dog at such a young age, they are much more likely to develop complications and develop problems in the future as well.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm

There is always a risk with any pregnancy, depending on your dogs age, health, and history your vet can determine if it is safe for your dog to carry a pregnancy and go through delivery.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Your dogs is experiencing a heat cycle. Signs will include a swollen vulva and nipples, and a bloody discharge. This will last between 4-20 days long. After which discharge will become clear and will cease to bleed. During this second phase your dog will experience ovulation, it is important keep her separated from other male dogs during this phase which will last between 5-13 days. This cycle will continue to repeat roughly every 6 months. I would suggest getting her spayed to stop her heat cycle forever, prevent unwanted pregnancies, and reduce her risk of getting ovarian and breast cancers.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm

This is completely normal behavior. If she is not spayed it is important to separate her during ovulation to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm

No, not necessarily. There are dogs that have gotten pregnant at age15.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Yes that could be a definitely reason for her not having a heat cycle. There are many complications that can arise even after a dog can survived Parvo.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Proestrus is the first part of the heat cycle, this is the phase where there is bloody discharge, this phase last on average between 4-20 days. The second phase is known as estrus during this time bloody discharge will start to decrease and eventually cease and ovulation will occur, this phase will last between 5-13 days. These are averages and won’t always hold true for each individual case. If you feel that your dog is not otherwise is good health and there is something concerning it’s always best to see a veterinarian.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm

If you take your dogs for a walk during their heat cycle just be away that she will be drawing the attention of the other male dogs in the neighborhood (up to 2 miles away), otherwise if she wants to walk it’s perfectly fine.

admin April 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Monitor things for any abnormal heat symptoms. If everything else seems normal it could just be a shift in her schedule.

admin April 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Peeing on the carpet could be a sign of a urinary tract infection or other infection steaming from being in heat. This is something that if it persists to take her into the vet for treatment.

admin April 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Yes swelling of the vulva and nipples are common symptoms during the heat cycle.

admin April 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm

You could try giving it some time, if her vulva is starting to swell she might just be starting her heat cycle. Every dog is different, she just may start hers a little later.

admin April 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm

When a dog is spayed during a heat cycle it can increase the risk for side effects and complications. If she is bleeding this is something you should call the vet about.

admin April 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm

This means that she is the estrus, which is the time after bleeding where she is ovulating. This is the only time where a female in heat will allow a male to mount her. If she has not gotten pregnant already and you do not wish to have an unnecessary pregnancy, you should keep them separated. It is also best to spay and neuter your animals. If you are not able to there are many no or low cost spay and neuter clinics for those who qualify as low income. If you choose not to, you can prevent pregnancy by keeping them separated for the 2 weeks following the time she stops bleeding.

admin April 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Dogs can develop a condition where organ can protrude out of the vulva. If this is the case with your dog, you will need to see a vet to make sure it doesn’t becomes serious or life threatening.

admin April 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Yes these can be normal signs, if it persists or gets worse I would take her in.

admin April 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Swelling should start decreasing around week 3 and will continue decreasing in the following 2-3 weeks.

admin April 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm

The only way to prevent her unwanted behavior would be to spay her. Dogs will experience heat cycles well into their senior years and can even get pregnant at 15-16 years of age. If she is experiencing more than normal pain or discomfort you can take her to the vet and they can prescribe a mild pain reliever. Your dog will be able to conceive in the 2-3 weeks following bleeding. This is the time it’s important not to let her around other males, to prevent unwanted/unnecessary pregnancies.

admin April 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Yes yellow discharge is normal for a dog to have after she is finished bleeding and before she starts ovulation. She will experience ovulation in the next 2-3 weeks at which time it is important to keep her separated from other males.

admin April 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Yes this is a normal symptoms for dogs in heat.

admin April 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm

It sounds like she’s experiencing more pain and discomfort than she should normally. You can take her into your vet where they can prescribe a mild pain reliever for her.

admin May 1, 2012 at 12:11 am

The average age for a dog to have their first heat is 6 months. This being said each dog will experience something different so it’s not uncommon to see a dog go into heat at young at 4-5 months. A dog this young can become pregnant after their first heat cycle. Remember to her separated from males for 2-3 weeks following the end of her bleeding.

admin May 1, 2012 at 3:31 am

Throwing up can be common during the heat cycle. It’s always a good idea to keep out for any other symptoms or if the vomiting persists or worsens.

admin May 1, 2012 at 3:44 am

When a vet spays a dog they will remove the uterus and ovaries completely. She may be having reactions to hormonal changes, if she’s showing symptoms that concern you such as bleeding, refusing to drink or eat, it would be good idea to see a vet.

admin May 1, 2012 at 4:04 am

It is not uncommon for dogs to vomit during a heat cycle.

admin May 1, 2012 at 4:08 am

Her heat symptoms are pretty common. Dogs will experience hormonal changes that will disrupt moods, sleep, appetite, attraction towards male dogs. Because this is her second heat I suggest getting her spayed as soon as possible. This will prevent these disturbances in mood and reduce her risk of developing certain cancers (ie. breast cancer).

destinee May 4, 2012 at 12:20 am

aww is it normal for your dog to get antsy meaning she cant stay still … ? my dog run all around the house when in heat

admin May 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Yes, this is normal behavior for a female during heat/ovulation. Physically she will want to mate with a male so keeping her separated from other animals is best for the next couple weeks until she calms down.

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