Why Do Female Dogs Get Periods?

By Kim •  Updated: 05/26/22 •  3 min read
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Why Do Female Dogs Get Periods?

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Can female dogs get periods? This is a common question, especially for first-time pet parents. They’ve heard or read some information that female dogs have something similar to a period. But what’s the truth?

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We’ve put together some information about female dogs and why they have a period. Let’s get started!

Female Dogs Have Periods

Female dogs, who have not been spayed, can have something similar to a period. Dogs usually have their first period when they reach puberty. In most dog breeds, this usually happens around the age of six months. However, it can vary depending on the dog’s breed.

A dog’s “period” is called her estrus cycle or heat cycle. The common phrase is that a female dog is “in heat” or “in season.” At this time, a female dog’s estrogen levels increase and go down again. This causes her ovaries to release eggs. If she mates with a male dog, it’s possible his semen will fertilize the eggs and cause the female dog to get pregnant. Each period usually lasts about three weeks.

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Symptoms of a Dog’s Period

You may notice these symptoms if your female dog goes into heat:

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When a female dog has her period, she may be leaving bloody discharge around the house. This will need to be cleaned up. However, you can avoid this problem by buying your dog some doggie diapers. You can find both disposable and reusable dog diapers available at the pet shop or online stores.

Also during this time, it can help to spend more quality time with your lady dog. This is very beneficial if she seems more nervous during this time.

If you’re not planning on mating your female dog, you may want to talk with the vet about having her spayed. One of the main reasons is to avoid more unwanted puppies and to keep your fur baby from developing certain health issues as she gets older.

Summing It Up

So, there you have it! A female dog can have something like a period. When she goes through this, she’s in heat and is ready to mate.

One of the best ways to help your dog feel better is to have her spayed. Not only will she no longer have to deal with her heat cycle, but she also won’t have to fend off the unwanted attentions of male dogs!

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Kim

Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.
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