Hello Foster parents! Hope you all are doing well with your little coat babies in winter, today we’re going to cover a topic that’s critical for foster parents, Periods.
I know it’s, it’s something that many people are afraid or become shy to discuss but it is the most major thing to talk about and when it comes to our fur baby which is the reason I’ve decided to write a new piece on the topic of dogs’ reproductive cycles but before we proceed, don’t miss our post which is related to dogs vaccine, what kind of vaccines are necessary for your puppy or dogs at a certain age, types of vaccines and things to note before getting your dog vaccinated.
Now, let’s start with this question whose answer many people want to know!
Do Dogs Have Periods?
Yes! But it’s not as similar to human beings or other primates but they do bleed! thinking how? Estrous Cycle is the answer but what it is? Female animals go through an estrous cycle that allows them to transition from a reproductively active state to one where they are no longer capable of conceiving.
When we talk about the canine estrous cycle, they undergo four phases.
When a female dog reaches a certain age, she’s ready to start breeding. The term “heat” refers to this stage of the cycle. Estrus, commonly known as the season, is characterized by significant physical and behavioral changes.
Your dog’s age and breed play a large role in determining many of the characteristics that influence estrus, including as frequency, duration, and intensity. Some of your dog’s symptoms may be unique to him or her.
How To Take Care of Your Girl When She Is On Her Periods?
For both of you, it’s not a pleasant experience—long, it’s dirty, and uncomfortable for your dog. The only way to prevent this from happening is to take care of your fur baby in every possible way!
Canine heat cycles (estrus cycles) go through a number of phases, including bleeding, behavioral changes, and increased fertility. That said, if you’re looking for medical counsel, we’ve got some suggestions for keeping your pet comfortable and you calm, cause we do care about your baby just like you♥.
Consider purchasing a high-quality dog diaper. Suspenders or a cozy bodysuit can be used to keep them in place on certain dogs. Disposable and reusable alternatives are available on Amazon and at most pet supply retailers. Instructions on how to use dog diapers are provided by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
During this period, designate a particular blanket for her usage and arrange it wherever she intends to cuddle up—on the bed at night, on the sofa, etc. Only one blanket will need to be washed at the conclusion of the cycle.
Cleanup is best done quickly.
Disposable wipes are handy to have on hand for quick wiping down of surfaces such as furniture and hard floors.
Second Thing To Keep In Mind-
Being in heat for the first time might cause your girl a lot of confusion. Taking care of her is going to be a challenge. During this time of year, puppies like to get a little cuddly, so make room in your schedule for extra snuggles. Lap desks allow you to work and cuddle at the same time.
A safe, chew-resistant toy should be available for her to play with. This, too, will give you a sense of safety.
When your dog makes a bloody mess, don’t punish her, instead, quietly soothe her as you clean it up.
Check on her nutrition and hydration levels.
It’s likely that she will need to go to the bathroom more frequently because of all the activity going on down there.
Physical And Behavioral Signs of Your Fur Baby During Periods-
There are both physical and behavioural symptoms that your dog is in heat. Blood-tinged discharge and an inflamed vulva are classic symptoms of urinary incontinence.
Dogs can show signs of nervousness, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and interest in male dogs. Flagging is the act of elevating her rear and diverting her tail to one side to initiate sexual contact with the other person. Until the cycle is completed, your dog is likely to pursue male dogs.
Three weeks is the average length of the heat cycle. Initially, the discharge is a blatant blood red, but it gradually changes to a pinkish hue. At the conclusion of the first week until the beginning of the second week, a female dog may normally conceive.
How Often Dogs Do Have Periods?
Around six months of age, female dogs undergo their first “heat” or estrus cycle, which is when they are sexually mature. Her ovaries begin to produce eggs and estrogen levels rise and fall rapidly throughout this period. Estrus cycles normally last three weeks, however, this can vary from two to four weeks depending on the species.
The typical age of a dog’s first heat is six months, however, this might vary from dog to dog. Some dogs may go into heat as early as four months, while larger dogs may wait until they are two years old before they experience their first heat. Waiting until your dog’s third heat to mate is considered best practice.
Although genetic testing may be done by your veterinarian, they can also advise you when your dog is ready to be adopted.
Every six months or so, dogs go into heat on average, but this might vary, especially in the beginning. Developing a regular cycle might take up to two years for some dogs.
Small dogs might have up to three or four heat cycles every year. There are several breeds of large dogs, such as St. Bernards and Great Danes, that may only go in heat once a year.
A dog’s cycle will continue, but the interval between estruses will become longer as she ages.
Is There Some Product Related To Dog Periods?
Of course! Just like pads are made for women, similarly has been designed for dogs, some products that are necessary during their heat time.
Before your dog goes into heat, you’ll want to stock up on diapers, the most important thing.
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Disposable Dog Diapers-
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Doggy Diapers That Cover the Entire Body-
If your dog has difficulty wearing her diapers, you may want to consider purchasing a set of full-body dog diapers. Veterinarians, trainers, and pet trainers all use these diapers, which were developed by a veterinarian. These diapers come in a wide range of sizes and are meant to be safe and comfortable. Your dog’s health is protected by its antibacterial properties.
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We’d love to hear from you about this topic, and if you don’t already have a pet, I strongly encourage you to get a fur toddler at your home and now if you are thinking to get a new pet dog must read our post in which we have covered some friendly dog breeds.
“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.”