Animals/ Pets

How Long Does a Dog Stay In Heat

Female dogs experience their first remunerative cycle when they hit puberty. The process is comprised of different stages. The stage known as estrus is when a female is pregnant. A pup in the estrus stage can be understood as being “in heat” or “in season.”

Dogs that show signs of the heat

There are several telltale indicators of a dog that indicate the heat:

They vulva of her will grow. However, this may not be evident.

Vaginal discharges that are bloody can be observed at the start of the heat cycle for your dog. After a few days, the discharge can turn pink and watery.

Your dog may have more frequent urination than usual and will also exhibit marking indications. This is to draw the attention of friends and inform them that she’s in a hot mood.

The dog may appear more active or anxious than usual and seem more attractive to male dogs by extending her rump or bringing her tail to a side position.

When does heat start

The dogs begin their cycles of heat when they reach puberty, which is a period that can last between 6 months to 2 years old, according to the breed’s size. Smaller dogs are likely to begin puberty sooner than larger breeds. The frequency at which a dog experiences heat varies depending on its size. There are 3 to 4 cycles per year, with most dogs going through cycles two times per year (smaller dogs are in the heat more frequently than larger breeds). On average, dogs are estrus for between 2-4 weeks. It is the time that her vaginal discharge is pink and watery. However, having a baby at any time during her heat period is possible.

Which are the 4 phases that comprise the cycle of heat for canines

Your pet’s cycle has four phases: proestrus, diestrus, anestrus, and proestrus.


Proestrus is the beginning phase of the heat cycle in which your dog’s body is preparing itself for mating. The duration of this phase is usually around nine days. The vulva may swell, and you might notice an odor of blood. Your dog might also be able to hold her tail near her body and appear more clingy than normal. At this point in the heat process, the dog may begin to entice males. However, she will not be attracted to them. She may even attack or growl when they attempt to climb her.


Estrus is the time of mating, which usually lasts nine days. At this point, her discharge is less bloody. Female dogs will entice males and also accept males. They’ll ovulate between two and three days post-mating. Your dog will mark your house or out in the outdoors with urine. This signalizes that she’s ready to start breeding. If an unneutered male dog is near your female dog, she will likely approach him to mate with him.


This phase occurs immediately following the “in heat” stage and will last about two months. Your dog’s body could be pregnant or go back to rest. The vulva will return to normal size, and her vaginal discharge will go away.


Anestrus is the stage of repair for the uterus. In this phase, there is no sexual or hormonal activity. The duration of this phase is between 90 and 150 days before the next proestrus phase starts.

How can you keep your dog from becoming hot temperatures

The majority of pet proprietors (except breeders) choose that they want to sterilize their dogs prior they have their first heat. Some experts say this can reduce the chance of developing mammary cancer and other diseases. This also reduces the chance of unwelcome litter of puppies that need to be relegated to shelters or even killed. Spaying your pet is the sole method to ensure that she will not become pregnant.

Tips for dealing with the dog’s heat

If this is your first time with a dog that isn’t spayed, You may not be aware of what you should do if your dog is hot. These easy tips can ease the process for you and your lovely pet.

A healthy diet is essential in all situations; however, it is especially important for dogs in heat.

Pay particular focus to the expressions to determine her requirements.

Female dogs will draw male dogs in their heat cycle, but before she’s ready to accept. Look out for aggressive behavior, which warns males to keep their distance.

Even if your dog ceases bleeding, she could be pregnant. She’s more likely to allow a male to mate once the bleeding is stopped.