Dogs mate when they are not in heat

The bitch's heat

As a rule, bitches are in heat for 21 days. The Tolerance phase, in which they are ready to cover and record, usually only lasts five or six daysHowever, the beginning of the phase differs from bitch to bitch. With one it is already the eighth day, with the other only the seventeenth day.

With the heat intervals of the bitches there are breed specific differences. The Nordic breeds often come into heat only once a year. Representatives of larger races often have a cycle between eight and eleven months, whereas the smaller races are usually between five and seven months. The length of the cycles and the intervals between them stay the whole life long the same. If something changes here or if there is no heat, something is wrong and you should definitely see the vet.

Determination of the heat of the bitch

An indication of the days when the bitch is ready to mate can be altering bleeding be. The blood is mostly up to half of the heat dark red, then it becomes more watery and finally the bleeding stops. Blood that is becoming thinner indicates that it can get "serious", but there are also bitches who can be mated during the dark blood phase and become pregnant. Some females also bleed for up to three weeks.

To the Beginning of the tolerance phase you can scratch the bitch in the area between the vagina and anus. If she lifts her tail to the side and the vulva pulls upwards, she is ready. However, there are exceptions to the rule here as well. Some bitches react to this reflex throughout the heat, which does not mean that they are mated.

Exact determination of the heat at the veterinarian's

Would you like the fertile days with you one hundred percent security know, the vet can determine ovulation. Plus or minus a day or two, it will also take place at this point in future heats. However, this is only useful if you do not overlook the exact start of the heat. Therefore, pay close attention to the first drops of blood at the time when the heat, which is also called heat, can begin.

Menopause and Pseudopregnancy in Dogs?

Unlike humans, dogs know no menopause. A bitch stays in heat until the end of her life. Here, too, you should have a check done if there is no heat. Since the hormone progesterone rises in every bitch before ovulation and remains elevated for about 59 to 62 days, regardless of whether or not she is pregnant, every bitch becomes pseudopregnant after the heat.

Going for a walk while in heat

Although most bitches are not ready to mate during the entire heat, it is still better to go for a walk only at times when there are few dogs around. So that your apartment is not besieged by adorable males, it is better to drive out a little in the car, where the risk of meeting males is less.

Only let your bitch off the leash if she follows well and leash them immediately when a dog arrives. As a rule, there is still enough time to prevent mating, as foreplay usually occurs, but there are also very vehement, sexually active males who do not care whether a bitch wants to or not. The best thing to do is teach her to dismount on command. Then stand behind you and keep the male dog away from the bitch until the owner comes.

When the bitch has run away

If the bitch has escaped, the vet can use a vaginal swab to determine how far the bitch is from ovulation and whether pregnancy is likely. As a precaution, you can have an ultrasound examination after three weeks.

Unwanted pregnancy in dogs

When the bitch has ingested, the vet can give an "abortion injection". Since it is not entirely harmless, it should not be used prophylactically. Also from the hormonal suppression of heat advised against, since any hormonal manipulation can lead to uterine and uterine diseases at the wrong time. If it cannot be avoided, it is only allowed during hormonal rest and never during heat injections, otherwise the lining of the uterus will be damaged.