How to prepare for your dog being on heat

dog in heatFemale dogs, at the grand age of 6 months, are entering the fertile time of their reproductive cycle; this cycle will continue every 6 to 8 months and can last for 2 to 3 weeks each time. It is first noticeable with a spotting of blood from the bitch.

Most female dogs do not produce much blood, and smaller breeds hardly any. However, your pet may suddenly become listless and want to wee a little more than usual, after all this is a new experience for her. If at first your dog is producing too much blood, you may want to restrict her to certain easy to clean areas in your home.

It is essential that you keep your dog away from other male dogs during this time as she will attract unwanted attention from un-castrated male dogs – not just the attention of stud dogs.

The scent that she sends out will cover a large radius and if there is a male dog near you will find your bitch will try to encourage the male dog to mount her. If your female dog has displayed no interest in male dogs before, that will change while she is on heat.

While your bitch is in heat it is essential that you do not leave her unsupervised outside, even in your garden. Male dogs will go to extreme lengths to get near her and the scent of a female dog can send a male into aggressive behaviour.

If you do not intend your dog to have puppies, having her spayed will stop her from going into heat. Contact your local vet for more information on spaying.