09/01/2020 12:00 AM
If you’re planning on breeding from your bitch, you might look forward to the time she comes into season. If not, a dog ‘in heat’ can be quite challenging to look after.
Here we’ll highlight some of the telltale signs that your bitch is in season and show you how to cope with the potential change in her behaviour.
Dog insurance from Purely Pets gives you access to a 24-hour vet helpline. So if you have any questions about your pooch being in heat, or a potential pregnancy, you can call the specialists 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Female dogs that have reached maturity (between six months and two years of age) but have not yet been spayed, will naturally come into heat once or twice a year.
This means that this is the time when they could become pregnant. Being in heat (or in season, as it’s also known) can last for about three weeks.
A dog’s heat cycle can be broken down into four key stages. These are:
Watch out for any of these telltale signs that your beloved pooch is coming into season:
You will notice that your dog’s vulva has increase in size and become quite prominent. The amount of swelling can vary from dog to dog.
Some dogs get restless or very tired during this period of heat.
Your pup may start to display anger or aggression towards other dogs, especially males who try to mate with her that she doesn’t want to mate with.
However she may well display increased mounting behaviour, even trying to mount your leg, cushions and other objects around the house.
Your pooch may seem hungrier than normal when she’s in heat. Equally those bitches who act more lethargic may seem disinterested in their food and have a lack of appetite.
Male dogs will go to great lengths to reach an unspayed female in heat, so keep a close eye on your pup and don’t leave her unattended, tied up outside shops and so on.
You may notice your pooch urinates more when she’s in heat. Be aware though that increased urination could also be a sign of a urinary infection.
If you’re not sure, speak with your vet immediately.
Your pup may hide her tail between her legs in the early stages of heat. No she’s not scared, she’s just protecting her vulva.
Just like humans, all dogs are different and will display different behaviours when they’re in heat.
Some pups may demand more of your attention and become overly clingy.
Others may become more aggressive or stop following instructions that they would normally do.
It’s your job as a responsible pet owner to learn what’s normal for your pup and to help her accordingly.
Female dogs in heat may try desperately to reach male dogs – something that they might actively avoid at other times of the year.
That’s why you should always keep a close eye on your pooch when she’s in season and never let her out of your sight.
The urge to mate might make her run away and get lost, especially if you’re in an unfamiliar place.
If your dog does get ‘caught’ with another hound, do not attempt to separate the two animals. This could cause injury to either hound.
Instead, there are injections that a vet could give if you wish to avoid unwanted pregnancies after two dogs have mated. Speak to the Purely Pets 24-hour vet helpline if you have any questions.
If you don’t intend to breed from your pup, you should seriously consider getting her spayed.
Not only will it protect her from unwanted pregnancies, it can also help to reduce the risk of certain diseases like cancer.
If you want to spay your dog it’s best to do it after around eight weeks old and before she enters her first season.
As a responsible pet owner, you’ll want to do everything you can to protect your hound, whatever life stage he or she is at.
Dog pregnancies can require expensive vet treatment, so you need to know that you’re financially protected against high vet bills.
That’s why it’s a good idea to get the right dog insurance in place as soon as possible.
Purely Pets lets you manage your dog insurance policy online at a time that suits you. We can offer lifetime cover from £1,000 to £15,000 with a choice of excess level so you can find the right policy for your pup and your pocket!
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