tips for dogs in heat


If you own a female dog, you’ll likely deal with her heat cycle. Dogs in heat need extra care. This guide is full of tips to help you and your dog.

Understanding the Heat Cycle

Female dogs go into heat or estrus, about every six months. This is when they can have puppies. The cycle has four stages. These are proestrus, estrus, diestrus, and anestrus.

  • Proestrus: This stage lasts about 9 days. You’ll see swelling and bleeding.

  • Estrus: Lasting 9 days too, this is when your dog can get pregnant.

  • Diestrus: This phase is when symptoms ease if she’s not pregnant.

  • Anestrus: This is a resting stage before the cycle starts again.

Signs Your Dog is in Heat

Look for these signs to know if your dog is in heat:

  • Vaginal bleeding

  • Swelling of the vulva

  • Frequent urination

  • Changes in behavior

Keeping Your Dog Comfortable

When your dog is in heat, she may seem uneasy. Here are tips to keep her comfy:

  1. Provide a quiet space for her to rest.

  2. Use doggie diapers to manage bleeding.

  3. Keep her bedding clean and dry.

Preventing Unwanted Attention

Males will be interested in your dog when she’s in heat. You must be careful. Here’s how:

  1. Keep her on a leash during walks.

  2. Avoid dog parks and places with many dogs.

  3. Supervise her closely when she’s outside.

Managing Her Behavior

Your dog’s behavior may change. She may seem restless or more affectionate. To manage this:

  1. Give her more attention and playtime.

  2. Try to keep her routine the same.

  3. Use calming products if needed.

Health Care During the Heat Cycle

Your dog’s health is important during her heat. Check with your vet for advice. They may suggest:

  1. Regular health checks during the cycle.

  2. A balanced diet is important for dogs in heat for extra nutrition.

  3. Avoiding certain activities, like swimming.

Deciding on Spaying

Spaying is a way to avoid heat cycles. It’s a surgery to remove her reproductive organs. It can prevent certain health issues. Talk to your vet about the right time to spay.


Handling a dog in heat can be challenging. But with these tips, you can make it easier. Always be patient and gentle with your pet. Reach out to your vet with any concerns. They’re there to help you and your furry friend.

FAQs About Dogs in Heat

How long does the heat last?
About 2-4 weeks in total.
Can I walk my dog in heat?
Yes, but keep her on a leash and avoid male dogs.
Should I spay my dog?
Discuss this with your vet. It can be a good choice for many.

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