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Heat refers to the stage in which a female dog’s reproductive cycle becomes receptive to mating with male dogs. Mature eggs are released from the dog’s ovaries and changes in its hormone distribution occurs. While this is a natural process when your dog reaches puberty, her strange behavior during this period can be quite worrisome. Read on for everything you need to know about a female dog in heat behavior and how you can get through your dog’s cycle without any stress.
You will notice some physical as well as behavioural changes in your dog during her heat cycle. You can tell that your dog is in heat when she displays the following symptoms:
If you notice these changes in your dog’s behavior, you will be better prepared to handle and care for your dog during its heat cycle.
If this is your dog’s first heat cycle, it can be quite unsettling for both you and your dog. Here are some tips to help keep your dog comfortable and to ensure that this time is as smooth as possible.
Dogs with regular cycles usually have an average of two heat cycles per year, which are about 6 months apart. Female dogs that are very young or very old may have less regular cycles. Dog breeds what are smaller in size may have three cycles in a year while larger breeds may only have one cycle a year.
No. Male dogs do not go into heat. The term ‘in heat’ refers specifically to the time when a female dog is receptive to mating with males.
While male dogs do not go into heat, they become fertile around 6 months. Larger breeds may reach sexual maturity a little later than small breeds. Once a male dog is fertile, they are capable of mating all year round.
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