When do dogs get their first season? When dogs have their first season depends on their breed, but the average is about six months old. Some smaller breeds may start earlier than larger breeds, and some larger breeds may start later (around 18 months of age). Most owners choose to have their dog spayed (or neutered).
The typical estrus cycle lasts between 2 and 4 weeks. The bitch is fertile throughout this period, but there is a small period, 9-10 days into the cycle start, when they are particularly fertile. Bitches may not be receptive to males in the first few days of their cycle, but this varies from dog to dog.
Although six months old is the average age for a dog to start heat, this can vary widely. Some dogs can come into heat as early as four months of age, while larger breeds can come into heat up to two years before their first heat.
“In many cases a bloody vaginal discharge is the first sign a pet owner will notice when their dog is in heat.” The vaginal discharge changes in color and appearance over the course of the cycle. At first the discharge is very bloody, but as the days go by it thins and becomes watery and pinkish-red in colour.
When your dog is in season, it can be a stressful time for you and your dog. Here are our top tips for approaching walks with confidence during these hormonal weeks. The short answer is yes, it’s safe to walk your dog in season.
Dogs typically start estrus around 6 months of age and every 6-7 months thereafter. Each heat lasts about 16-18 days. Signs of heat include a swollen vulva (private area), bleeding and behavioral changes.
Because a bitch’s heat shows symptoms that are in many ways similar to a woman’s menstrual cycle, it can be concluded that during your bitch’s heat she may feel uncomfortable and may even experience cramps and mild pain.
You have to manage the bloody discharge all over the house while your dog goes through his heat cycle. Consider using reusable or disposable diapers. If your dog is having a hard time wearing regular diapers, a full body diaper is a great alternative. Never reprimand your dog when it has an accident indoors.
Progesterone hormone can become higher which can lead to aggressive behavior in a bitch after the end of a season. If your dog has a phantom, you will also notice nesting behavior. She will try to create a safe area for her puppies (although there isn’t one) by choosing an area inside the home.
Q: Should I roast my female dog before spaying her? A: From a medical point of view it is better to spay/neuter your dog before the first heat. It significantly reduces the risk of breast tumors. People who wait until after their second heat to neuter their dogs significantly increase the risk of breast tumors in their pets.
Most dogs will reach puberty and become fertile by the time they are six months old, although they should not have puppies until they are fully grown. Small breeds reach adulthood when they are one year old and are sure to have puppies when they are ready.
In addition to period diapers for dogs you can use pads for dogs in heat. To ensure nothing gets soiled by your furbaby’s bloody discharge and their frequent urination and/or accidents, you can use Pet Parents® Pawtect® Pads for extra leak protection.