If you have a puppy, you may want to consider learning a few things connected to its reproductive system. One of the important things to know is the amount of time that your dog will be on heat. So, exactly How Long Does A Dog Stay In Heat? A quick response to this question would be, ‘on average 21 days’ which is actually true. However, there is more to this than just the simple 21 days answer.
The heat cycle
It is important to note that a dog goes through three separate stages of heat cycle.This include proestrus, Estrus and Diestrus respectively.Your doctor should exhibit almost distinct behaviors in all the three stages. What really happens in each stage?
1. Proestrus stage
This is the first stage of the heat cycle and the period in which you will often notice bleeding from the vulva of your dog. The amount of bleeding could be slight and almost unnoticeable while sometimes your dog will leave the bleeding everywhere it lays or sits. Many dog owners finding a way to deal with this mess, especially the ones who keep their dogs indoors, should visit pet stores and buy dog panties. The dog panties usually hold specially designed canine sanitary napkins.
Besides bleeding, the vulva also appears swollen and the dog experiences increased urination. Nevertheless, the most obvious sign to look out for is the presence of many male dogs around your house. This first stage should run for around 7-10 days a period when the female will make it evidently clear that she wants nothing to do with the male during this time. Since male never take no for answer, you will see them climbing or digging under fences not forgetting to mention that they will serenade you and your dog until the wee hours of the night.
2. Estrus stage
This is obviously the second stage of the heat cycle and often starts somewhere between the 8th and the 10th day after the first sign of bleeding. At this point, the blood changes color from red to pink and then to nearly a clear discharge. Most of the dogs will most likely allow any dog to breed with her and the stage lasts between 4-7 days. It is important to know that your dog can become pregnant with mixed litters. You may want to consider boarding it or keeping it confined indoors if you do not want it to become pregnant.
In this stage, the dog is now going out of heat.Nevertheless, your dog will be still sending heat scents and consequently attracting male dogs. Just like the first stage, she will snap at the male dogs that want to breed with her. This stage will last for around 7 to 10 days and once it elapses, your dog will remain out of heat for about 6 to 8 months.
Do not expect your dog to reach menopause at any one point in its life; it will go through the heat cycle in the stated intervals for the rest of its life.Although there isn’t such thing as dog menopause, bleeding or the estrus phase lengthens. If you do not want your dog to go through the heat cycle, spaying it will help.