Problems with Dogs in Heat

Mature female dogs can be in heat if they are not spayed. There are a few problems with dogs in heat that you should be aware of. A female in heat is difficult to manage, as she will be interested in mating. The first heat cycle happens when the dog is 6 to 9 months old. The reproductive cycle will typically last up to 6 months, but may vary according to the dog’s breed. The heat cycle (the bleeding) lasts for about 3 weeks.

Bleeding during the Heat Cycle

The bleeding during the heat cycle can be a major concern. You should know that this is normal and it lasts up to 3 weeks. You may opt for a few diapers to prevent the blood from getting on your furniture.

The bleeding will be more serious during the first days of the heat cycle.

Clean the dog’s genital area more often, to prevent infections.

Unusual Heat Cycle Behavior

Your pet may not sleep during the night and will be more vocal and alert during the heat cycle.

You may not be able to control your pet and she may be disobedient during the heat cycle, as she will be focused on mating.

Male Dogs Will Follow a Female in Heat

During the heat cycle, the male dogs will able to detect the presence of a female dog in heat from greater distances, so they can gather around your home and will be after your dog when you walk her. The male dogs will be trying to mate with your dog.

The only way you can prevent this from happening is to keep your dog indoors. Also, when you walk your dog, you should keep her on a leash at all times.

Avoid dog parks and areas where there are a lot of canines, as you won’t be able to get rid of chasing male dogs. In addition, the male dogs may also get into fights.

Agitation during the Female Heat Cycle

The dog in heat will be more agitated than usual, especially towards the middle of the heat cycle. She will feel the male dogs and will want to mate, so it will be difficult for you to manage her and make her sit still.

How to Avoid the Problems of the Heat Cycle

The female dog will have heat cycles during her entire lifetime, as canines won’t get to menopause. If you want to avoid the problems caused by the heat cycle, you may spay your pet and this will also eliminate the problem of unwanted pregnancies.

There are also a few injections that can prevent the heat cycle and postpone it for approximately 5 months. These injections may only be administered by a veterinary specialist. The injections may affect the dog’s fertility and may have additional risks (have been associated with cancer and diabetes). However, this solution may not solve the behavioral problems, as the dog may still be uncooperative for as long as she is in heat and sexually available. Spaying can solve the behavioral problems as well.