Irregular cats and dogs have a period – or more correctly – that turns into heat. In female dogs, at the onset of heat, the vulva becomes completely swollen and will bleed. Some bitches bleed so much they will leave spots of blood all over the house. … dogs rotate anywhere from every 4 months to once every 12-16 months.
People often embody their pets by attributing human characteristics to them. Some dog parents ask if their puppy feels guilty or embarrassed, while others want to know if our pets are watching us during intimate moments – which of course means that they are able to understand the complex human behaviors.
While we are investigating whether dogs know when their owners are menstruating, the question often arises: Do dogs have periods themselves?
Does the dog have periods?
Dogs have no periods. At least, not as humans define the word. While females have monthly menstrual periods, usually referred to as “periods,” dogs that do not have estrus cycles usually occur only twice a year.
How often do dogs get their periods?
Most dog breeds undergo their first rut cycles between 8-11 months of age. Female dogs are usually exposed to heat twice a year or every six months, but the frequency and duration of tree cycles can vary depending on the breed. Some small strains may enter estrus four times a year, and larger strains such as St. Bernards estrus every 12-18 months.
How do you know if the dog’s menstrual cycle?
Tree signs in dogs are easy to detect with physical symptoms, as all dogs interact differently with the beginning of the tree cycle. Non-rotting dogs are excreted vaginally during their estrus. The discharge can be bloody, pink, clear, or salty brown depending on the breed and whether the dog is in the proestrus stage or the rot period.
Other signs that the dog is entering a rut:
- The vulva may become swollen or flabby
- The color of the vulva may change to a vibrant pink or light red
- Nipples may enlarge and deepen in color
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Sudden behavior changes
How long is the dog?
The dog’s estrus cycle consists of four stages.
Proestrus: This is the initial stage of estrus excretion and swelling in the vulva that usually lasts from 9 to 11 days, but can be short for three or 21 days. Females urinate more frequently during progesterone, and the scent will attract males.
Estrus: Often referred to as “being in the heat”, female females accept estrus, which lasts an average of 9-11 days – with extremes of three days and 21 days. Female vaginal discharge will stain pink with blood, but it will soon become clear.
Diestrus: Pregnant women give birth to puppies at the end of the diestrus stage for 63 days. Females who are not pregnant or sterilized have slack periods of 60-90 days. Drainage stops and progesterone levels decrease in diestrus females.
Anestrus: Anestrus stage of 4-5 months gives females time to rest, recover and prepare for the next tree cycle. Sex hormones are low during the peak period, and the desire to reproduce disappears.
How to care for a dog during her menstrual period
Estrus can press dogs. They often experience behavioral shifts and physical changes that cause discomfort. Spoil your best friend during proestrus and estrus at her session to let her know that you care.
Dog diapers: Disposable or washable dog nappies will not only keep the dog comfort that has not been sterilized during the estrus period, but will also keep the furniture and floors free from emptying.
Showers: Regular showering of your dog during the heat period will relax her and reduce the amount of attention she attracts from male dogs.
Extra attention: Dogs can become sticky and vocal during the heat period, so spending more time grooming and talking to them can calm dogs’ anxiety.
More playing time: Extra playing time can distract female attention from their sexual needs during the period of estrus.
The benefits of sterilizing your dog
Female dog sterilization offers a variety of benefits including preventing life-threatening cancers, reducing behavior problems and helping to reduce the number of homeless pets. It is important to sterilize it so that it does not surprise you – or many! There are many benefits to sterilizing your dog after an unplanned pregnancy.
- Sterilization eliminates the development of a uterine infection known as pyogenesis.
- Reduces the risk of breast tumors and breast cancer.
- Reduces the risk of uterine, cervical and ovarian tumors
- Reducing the number of homeless pets
- Less aggressive behaviors towards dogs and other people
Most veterinarians recommend sterilizing female puppies between 6-7 months of age, but it is important to evaluate all dogs on an individual basis.
While dogs do not test what a person understands as menstruation or a period, unaccompanied dogs have a similar reproductive cycle called estrus. Dogs undergo major physical and behavioral changes during the four stages of their estrus cycle and can cause discomfort. Make sure to give your best friend more love and attention during this time. Better yet, autoclaved.